Jessamyn's Regency Costume Links



Demode is a costumer's site with an excellent collection of links to museums' extant clothing, the largest and most specific collection of this type I'm aware of on the web, updated regularly. Heritage Studio deals in antique clothing, accessories, etc. from all the way back to the Regency. A beautifully put-together site that has kindly granted permission to post images here.
Vintage Textile offers really sumptuous garments, often including a good selection of Regency and 18th century garments and accessories, featured in really fantastic photographs. Meg Andrews English Antique Costumes sells some quite wonderful, very early items, including Regency and even Georgian gowns, coats, shoes, and shawls.
The Regency Fashion Page is an invaluable collection of carefully researched and organized images, with comments. Several fashion plates in the Companion come from there, with kind permission. Kent State has a wonderful costume collection, and several beautiful Regency gowns and men's suits are posted on-line as part of the Panorama of Costume History.
Every plate from Braun & Schneider's ca.-1870 The History of Costume is posted here. The plates seem well-researched, but just remember that it's a Victorian look back at Regency fashion. An article in the Northwest Journal, a publication of the Northwest Brigade Club, offers an interesting discussion of what 18th-century American explorers really wore (not much buckskin!).
The Museum of the City of New York has a wonderful on-line annotated collection of 18th- and early-19th-century shoes, as well as a smaller but still fascinating collection of fans. The Northampton Central Museum also has a wonderful shoe collection. Be sure to look at both the 18th- and 19th-century shoes to get both the earliest and latest Regency examples!
Beyond the Fringe: Shawls of Paisley Design is an article by Meg Andrews, on the Victoriana site, that gives quite a comprehensive history of paisley shawls and how to date them, starting from 1790. Suite 101 gives a quick rundown on period jewelry, focusing on necklaces. Several images are included, and give a good general feel for the styles preferred.
Regency Romance author Candice Hern has a fantastic collection of various 18th- and 19th-century personal objects, including quizzing glasses, vinaigrettes, perfume bottles, and beaded reticules, as well as a nice assortment of fashion plates. The Wisconsin Historical Society has a wonderful on-line collection of children's clothing, including a fascinating selection of Regency-era bonnets, gowns, and a boy's "skeleton suit" of the 1820s. Thanks to alert reader Julie Fountain!


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