Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen, Paperback

Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen Paperback

Part of the Shire Library series

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The broader Regency period 1795 to 1820, stands alone as an incredible moment in fashion history, unlike anything that went before it.

For the first time, England became a fashion influence, especially for menswear, and became the toast of Paris, as court dress became secondary to the season-by-season flux of fashion as we know it today.

Sarah Jane Downing explores the fashion revolution and the innovation that inspired a flood of fashions taking influence from far afield.

It was an era of contradiction immortalised by Jane Austen, who adeptly used the new-found diversity of fashion to enliven her characters: Wickham's military splendour; Mr Darcy's understated elegance; and Miss Tilney's romantic fixation with white muslin.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 56 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.)
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of fashion
  • ISBN: 9780747807674



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A short but well illustrated and well written booklet on clothing and styles from 1790s to 1820. Great fodder for an author!

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