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Illustrations of the Month: Fashions that Influenced Regency Costume
Ever wonder where these Empire waists came from? Why were they called Empire waists, anyway? Strangely enough, though it is the English REGENT for which
the REGENCY is known, the fashion of the day became known as the EMPIRE style due to NAPOLEON'S empire. Not all that odd, if you think about it, since the French were long known for their
fashionable trend-setting, which the English--and most all the western world--copied .
In honor of the style that preceded even the Empire, the gallery this month shows Grecian and Roman fashions, which were reincarnated, so to speak, during our beloved regency.
Notice the similarities in even the headdresses! At the bottom of the gallery, I've put a link from which you can download a pdf Coloring Book of these fashions. (Some of us still like to color; some of us have little girls who do. Some of us fall into both categories! If you do download the pdf,
I recommend a good set of colored pencils. Have fun!)
"Grecian Minerva." Take special notice of the nose in profile, and see below.
"La Fidelite" See also below.
"Fashionable Evening Dress(es) for September, 1818" Apparently, the noble nose was fashionable, too. :)
Another noble nose!
This one is very elegant.
"Different Ptolomies and Their Queens." The faces are almost androgynous. Notice the hair styles, though. Very reminiscent of the regency.
More Headdresses. The one on the bottom right looks like a nightcap!
Grecian Furniture. Even the Classical style of furniture was adopted into Regency style.
"Roman Empresses". Rome shared the same classical style.
"A Roman Lady's Toilette." Very Regencian.
"Pandora Desires to Open the Box" (Evident Empire waistline)
To download your own copies of these prints (and more, which I did not put in the gallery) click HERE. Enjoy!
For dozens of my favorite Regency Illustrations, visit my Pinterest page.
You'll have a blast while browsing.
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