Alas, I can only provide you with a link since I don’t have time to actually steal the content.
As was the custom of late Victorian and Edwardian genre painters, Talbot Hughes had amassed an extensive collection of historical costumes and accessories as studio props dating from the 16th century through the 1870s. The collection was donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum after it had been exhibited at Harrods department store in 1913. Samples of Hughes’s costume collection remain on public view at the V&A to this day in the British Galleries
Basically, in 1913, a bunch of folks put on these gowns and they took pictures of them. Scroll down a bit to reach the Regency gowns.
And, just because I’m nice, here’s the Wikipedia entry for the Victoria and Albert museum, which is a pretty huge time suck. You’re welcome. You should be glad I’m not linking to the V&A because then you’d NEVER get free. Oh wait, I’m not that nice. Victoria&Albert Museum.
Ohmy, what fun! I love the historical photos of the even more historical gowns!! What a treat!
I’m so kicking myself in the arse for not going to V&A museum while I was in London. I went to the Museum of Natural History that is across the street but by the time I got out, I was so pooped that I went back to the hotel.
Note to self, add V&A museum on list of MUST VISIT for next time ;o)
Lo love the V&A site and have spent many time-suck hours there! Museum websites are a particular obsession of mine (the Costume Institute site at the Met is wonderful, too)
How fascinating! Much as I love seeing the Regency clothes, I have to say that at least for women the mid-18th century dresses are my favorites.
I just LOVE those pictures. They’re wonderful to look at.
Book(heart)Soulmates: When you go back the V&A is a MUST see. You might want to have a couple of days reserved for visiting and pick up as many exhibit catalogs as you can.
Susanna: I have a secret love for the gowns of 1844-1850. Swoon.
What I don’t understand is why the frac coat isn’t making a comeback. It’s sexy!
Interestingly enough, I can see both a few fundamental similarities and differences between these Edwardians dressed in period costumes and paintings and sketches of Georgians and early-Victorians dressed in their contemporary fashions.
You are EVIL !! Sites like this are like crack for me!
And I so want to return to England. The V&A is at the top of my London list!
They wore way too many clothes!
The dresses were interesting. There were more I didn’t really care for than those I really liked.
Went to the other links. I need to stay very far away from them or I’ll never get any sleep.
Thanks for the look at what they really wore.
bwahahahaha! ::rubbing hands in evil delight::
I’m a bit confused. These are costumes created ‘in the style of’ and photographed in the late 1800’s and donated in 1913? These pics were popping up on Twitter yesterday and were being credited to 1913.
They’re great pics, and perfect to paint from.