Fashion Friday: The London Season

1812 Ballroom Gown Template from Ackermann's

1812 Ballroom Gown Template from Ackermann’s

The Ton. The Season. The Fashion.

I love a romance novel that takes place during the height of the London Season (typically January – June) as it’s filled with tons of social activities from balls to the theater to garden parties. It sounds like a whirlwind of fun of and magic…and of course, fashion.

Many regency ladies of the upper crust would spend a fortune on gowns, hats, gloves, and the like all in preparation of the London Season. Sometimes they would only wear the dresses once or twice before being discarded for new designs and fabrics. Below is how the dress pictured above is described:

Ball Dress: a round Circassian robe of pink carpe , or gossamer net, over a white satin slip, fringed full at the feet; a peasant’s bodice of pink satin or velvet, laced in front with silver, and decorated with the same ornament. Spanish slash sleeve, embellished with white crape foldings, and finished at its terminations with bands of silver. A Spartan or Calypso helmet cap of pink frosted crape, with silver bandeaus, and embellished with tassels, and rosets to correspond. A rich neck-chain and ear-rings of Oriental gold. Fan of carved ivory. Slippers of pink kid, with correspondent clasps; and gloves of white kid: an occasional square veil of Mechlin lace.

Even the description sound luxurious! I think the only thing I would change is the hat. I imagine a ballroom without modern AC and packed wall-to-wall with people would not welcome an added layer. Enjoy!

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Fashion Friday: Drawing Room Seating

1828-03 Seating-Ackermann

I love Two Nerdy History Girls! Their blog is always full of rich information and great research. They featured a post a few weeks ago about drawing room seating in 1828. I think we can all agree that so many important (and sexy) scenes take place in drawing rooms, especially in historical or regency-era novels. I thought this great photo from Ackermann’s really helped showcase the different types of seating as well as the thought and detail that goes into each piece.

Personally, the top one is my favorite with the lion head posts, although I could see a maiden attempting to escape having to sit too close to her hero taking up the middle seat pictured, which typically is suppose to seat one person. Of course, that’s no match for a determined hero, but I’ll leave that bit of imagination up to fellow readers and authors. 🙂

You can also enjoy a previous post on Ackermann’s (the history and some additional designs) here.

Fashion Friday: Victorian Carriages

Victorian Carriages

Carriages for the rich and famous. Via Daily Mail

Carriage love scenes are some of the best. Close quarters? Check. Lush fabrics and textiles? Check. Chance of getting caught and forced into matrimony? Double check!

When you think about it, it’s really quite amazing just what physical feats can be accomplished in a carriage. And for those you (who like me) may have trouble visualizing such luxary or simply are curious as to what Victorian Carriages looked like…here you go!

The Daily Mail posted this fabulous article about a Victorian Carriage(s) auction and it includes some gorgeous photography to really paint the picture of traveling in the Victorian and Regency eras.

I don’t know about you, but that purple and fushia woven pattern is to die for. As someone who gravitates towards neutrals and little pops of color, this is a wonderful first hand example of how we’ve embraced color and patterns historically!

Victorian Carriage Interior

Gorgeous interior of a Victorian Carriage up for auction via Daily Mail.