Get Dressed Properly!
Since the publication of Sarah-Jane Downing’s work on Regency Dress in 2010, much has been written about the clothing of the early 19th century. But for women who wear reproductions of Regency clothing at historical reenactments Jane Austen Society dances, and living history events, this body of knowledge is lacking one essential piece — a simple guide on how to get dressed. What pieces are essential to be dressed properly? What garments can be omitted for reasons of comfort without compromising the accuracy of the outfit? Where is the line between costume and clothing?
Reconstructing History’s Regency Women’s Getting Dressed Guide is meant to fill that void.
This 40-page downloadable guide, written by clothing historian Kass McGann and backed by 20 years of research, will tell you everything you need to know to dress historically accurately as an European Woman from 1800 through 1820s England, France, Italy, Germany or the early USA.
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The Getting Dressed Guides are not intended to be books of all knowledge. In these pages you will not find debates about the construction of a chemise dress or an extensive list of silks weaves available in 19th century France. You will simply find a list of garments commonly worn by Western European women in the years from 1800 until 1820 and the manner in which they were worn. General fabric types and other pertinent information is included, but more detail than this is outside the scope of this Guide. In other words, the Getting Dressed Guides are guides to teach you how to get dressed for this period and location. “Everything you need to know to get dressed.”
If you find a garment listed in a Getting Dressed Guide, you can be sure it was worn in the period covered. If you do not find a garment listed in these pages, that only means it was not common enough for us to include.