Regency Reader Questions: Shoes and Feet

Question: I’ve read that most tailors were men, that ladies got their footgear from these male tailors, and that the tailor himself tended to serve the client. So did a lady of the ton–did any lady–allow a male tailor to touch and handle her feet and ankles? Measure her, fit the slipper or boot? Did she actually show leg to a strange man? (Eg, how … Expand

Regency Women of Character: “Unbecoming” Lady Drivers

I was doing some research and ran across this account of women drivers in Hyde Park from a very starched up sexist American, and thought it was too interesting not to share.  Not the misogynistic part, the bad-a lady driving part. A Journal of Travels in England, Holland and Scotland, 1820   Almost thirty years later, there seemed to be a more practical approach to ladies … Expand

Regency Advertisements: Nevermind the Bungling Imitations

From the 1818 Ackermann’s Repository…patented self-adjusting trusses. Don’t be fooled by the bungling imitators 🙂

Regency Fashion: Winter Carriage Dress and French Carriage Dress

Appearing in the February 1818 edition of La Belle Assemblee, these exquisite carriage dresses are everything I have ever wanted in a coat. The French “celestial” blue with its military Brandebourg fastenings is jaunty and elegant…who would’ve thought you could be both at once?! The swansdown trimmed striped carriage dress, on the other hand, is just the right level of dashing. And how I love … Expand