My favourite era - Regency era

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My favourite era - Regency era

Women's Clothing:During this period, France and England were fashion rivals. During the revolutionary period in France, women's fashions began to change drastically. Extravagant corsets, panniers, and gowns made of silk brocade were cast aside as thin, almost transparent Grecian- like cotton gowns were adopted. It was this idea of Neoclassical simplicity that changed the way female form was treated. Garments began to drape and flow. Corsets were discarded altogether. For the first time since antiquity, the body was free to remain in its natural shape.

The Regency in the United Kingdom is the period 1811 to 1820, when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled as his proxy as Prince Regent. In 1820 the Prince Regent became George IV on the death of his father.The term Regency (or Regency era) sometimes refers to a longer period than the decade of the formal Regency. The period 1795 to 1837 (the latter part of the reign of George III and the reigns of his sons George IV, as Prince Regent and King, and William IV) was characterised by distinctive trends in British architecture, literature, fashions, politics, and culture. If Regency is being used to describe the transition between Georgian and Victorian eras, the focus is on the pre-Victorian period from 1811, when the formal Regency began, until 1837 when Queen Victoria succeeded William IV. If, however, Regency is being contrasted with the Eighteenth century, then the period includes the later French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.




Men's Clothing:The roots of gentlemen's fashions of the Regency era of circa 1795-1825 traced back primarily to two sources. One was the equestrian clothing of English "country gentlemen" of the late 18th century and the other was the radical new designs which came out of the French Revolution. Though most clothing of the era appears to be quite formal and conservative to us (and in fact one could argue that modern men's formal and business attire trace their roots to this era), in actuality there were some very abrupt departures from what had developed over the past century and a half during the Baroque and Georgian periods. Breeches (which had been standard men's attire in one form or another for at least two centuries) were slowly abandoned in favor of pantaloons and trousers. Bright colors and gaudy accoutrements gave way to the new idea (propagated by persons such as fashion icon Beau Brummel) that a gentleman of taste ought to be subtle and subdued, leaving brilliancy in color and accessories for the most part to the ladies. With a few subcultural exceptions this philosophy has pretty much carried forward even to the present day.


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