Fashion is amazing.
I admit to being a blue jeans and t-shirt connoiseur myself, but I do pay attention to Fashion Week each year, and gawk at what celebrities are wearing on award show red carpets. I understand nothing of the inspiration, vision, or sheer artistry behind the creativity of the designers of each new trend. I cannot fathom how an artist goes from making a-line skirts and coats one season, to sheer bandeaus and capris the next.
So while it makes no sense to me, it’s however no surprise that the gravity-defying pompadours and wider-than-doorway panniers of the late 18th Century gave rise to simple and straight empire gowns and natural hair – fashion evolves in mysterious and myriad ways. Since the styles of mothers from the era of George III dressed vastly different from their Regency-reared daughters, I thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast two styles. And since caricatures and fashion plates are vastly more entertaining than mere portraits ….
A well-dressed wench; a well rigged-frigate.
- Find this slang terms and hundreds of others in Francis Grose’s 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue.
- To discover more intriguing fashions of the contrasting father (George III) and son (George IV) eras of the Long Regency, check out these Fashion Plates and Caricatures of Georgian Era.
- See a lovely trip through the fashions of the medieval era through the early 20th Century at Jeanne de Pompadour.