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18th Century Women’s Dress 4

18th Century Women’s Dress 4

Katy finishes her walk through of women’s fashion in the second half of the 18th century. Anglaises, francaises, redingotes...

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 4 - Hoops & Petticoats

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 4 - Hoops & Petticoats

After a brief diversion last month to Gainsborough’s daughters, we return to Mrs Gainsborough’s own Georgian wardrobe and explore her 18th century underwear. 

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18th Century Upcycling: The Afterlife of a Quilted Petticoat

18th Century Upcycling: The Afterlife of a Quilted Petticoat

When researching garments, one often comes across items that force us to think about clothes in a new way. Serena walks us through a mysterious pair of breeches.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 3 - Mrs. Gainsborough's Daughters

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 3 - Mrs. Gainsborough's Daughters

Some of Gainsborough’s loveliest paintings are the relaxed, informal and intimate portraits of his two daughters. Julia walks us through the process of dressing them.

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Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Mrs. Gainsborough Part 2 - Stays

Working from the skin up for Mrs Gainsborough's 18th century ensemble, Julia takes us through building her stays - the key to the classic Georgian silhouette.

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Introducing Mrs Gainsborough

Introducing Mrs Gainsborough

The first part of a series which will dress Mrs Gainsborough, wife of painter Thomas Gainsborough, from the bottom up. Here, Julia introduces us to her subject.

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1770-1789: Rococo to Revolution

1770-1789: Rococo to Revolution

Within such a climate of change during the 1770s and 1780s, it was impossible that fashion would not be influenced by social conditions.

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Easy 18th c. Quilted Petticoat

Easy 18th c. Quilted Petticoat

I love 18th Century quilted petticoats but I really hate quilting. So here's how to fake an 18th century quilted petticoat convincingly.

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Regency Children's Clothes

Regency Children's Clothes

What's a reenacting mum to do when the kids are too big for baby clothes and too small to be mini grown-ups? Regency toddler style!

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Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1812

Fashion Forecast: Jan - March 1812

A closer look at fashions for Winter 1812 from Ackerman's Repository and La Belle Assemblée, presented here for competition hopefuls!

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1790s Transitional Brocade Bodice

1790s Transitional Brocade Bodice

This early 1790s bodice has features of earlier dresses, but also hints at later styles, and showcases a variety of different techniques.

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Unusual Regency Costume

Unusual Regency Costume

Discovering ways to make your costumes distinctive and imaginative within the realms of historical accuracy.

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9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

9 More Victorian Clothing Myths

Myths about Victorian clothing can be pervasive. Here, Lisha sets us straight on 9 common misgivings about Victorian dress.

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Victorian Underarm Hygiene

Victorian Underarm Hygiene

Today's standard of hygiene is vastly different from Victorian standards. Lisha investigates some ways to keep tidy in 19th century costume.

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Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

Recreating A 19th c Dolman Mantle

Dolman mantles were exceedingly popular late Victorian outerwear. Chantal shows us how to recreate this type of sleeved 19th century cloak.

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The Veiled Lady

The Veiled Lady

What's more mysterious and dramatic than a veil? Bess outlines the veil's role as a fashion accessory and finishing touch to any Victorian ensemble. 

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18th c Revival in Victorian Fashion 2

18th c Revival in Victorian Fashion 2

Victorian era fashion borrowed from many periods of history, but particularly the 18th century. Jen takes a deeper look at Georgian influence on Victorian style.

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18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

18th Century Revival in Victorian Fashion

Retro fashion is not a new trend. Jen looks back at a time when the bustle met the Watteau gown and Georgian style was 'à la mode'.

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The Importance of Worth

The Importance of Worth

The House of Worth was intoxicating, compelling, essential to any woman who intended to make the ultimate impression. But what was it about Worth that made him so special?

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Two Worth Bodices

Two Worth Bodices

Charles Frederick Worth is remembered as the father of haute couture, and Suzi Clarke has a couple of treasures of his to show us...

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