All posts tagged: Regency

Friday Review: Regency Women’s Dress: Techniques & Patterns, 1800-1830, by Cassidy Percoco

Last September I noticed that a new book on Regency fashion was due to come out at the start of October: Cassidy Percoco’s Regency Women’s Dress: Techniques & Patterns. Exciting! I’ve long thought that one of the things the historical costuming world is really lacking is a comprehensive book on Regency fashions.  I’ve also felt that my personal historical wardrobe is sadly lacking in some good Regency pieces.  Percoco’s book just might be the perfect answer to both needs! So I added the book to my wish-list, and made a mental note to check it out once it became available in New Zealand, or browsable online (the overflowing state of my bookshelves combined with the high cost of buying books in NZ, or getting them shipped here, means I have to be really committed to a book before I can allocate it shelf space).  And then the publisher wrote and asked if I would review the book for its Southern Hemisphere release.  Yes please! As it happened, that meant I got the book three days before Christmas, which is …

Rate the Dress: Regency daisy chain

Last week I showed you a full-steam-ahead 1870s dress, crammed with all the tassels, pleats, lacing and trimming it could possibly hold: right up to the parasol pocket.  I guessed correctly that a lot of you would go totally gaga over it, and there was an impressive swathe of 10s.  But a surprising amount of you held back and couldn’t quite commit to a full score, and so there were an equal number of 8 & 9s, and just a few who weren’t quite convinced, bringing the dress in at a still-impressive 9.2 out of 10. Personally, I’m in the minority in feeling that there is something not quite resolved about that dress: a bit of imbalance in the colour arrangement that kept my eye stuck on one spot, and when I really pulled back and tried to look at the whole there were all these little tiny things that just niggled at me (and, like Cathy, I couldn’t dismiss the sneaking suspicion I would hate the front).  It’s like a movie where the actors are so good and …

Rate the Dress: Trendy 1820s

Last week I showed you a late 1880s Worth gown in blond lace and creamy pink feather patterned brocade.  A few of you loved it, but most of you felt it was pretty ‘meh’ for the 1880s.  As for me, there were some things about the dress that I love SO MUCH (the brocade!  the sleeves! that bustle) that I both struggled to see beyond the things that weren’t well done (ugh.  that lace swag.  And the weird awkward level of the brocade line on the bodice) and hated them all the more for ruining the potential.  Not surprisingly, the frock only came in at a 6.8 out of 10.  Try harder Jean-Phillipe! This week’s dress is like a sample of all the things that were ‘on trend’ (humble apologies) in the later 1810s & 1820s. It’s the classic all-white frock, with a bit of military-inspired (maybe with a hint of Renaissance historicism) lacing up the front.  There is more Renaissance inspired historicism in the puffed sleeves with ‘slashed’ inspired lace.  The neckline is classically influenced, taking …