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Fashion In Jane Austen’s Era – Part One
Guest Post by Mairi Gairns McCloud: Historian, archaeologist & all round well dress Lady.

I thought it would be interesting to explore the difference, if any, between when Jane Austen penned her novels and when they were published. I thought we could look at extant dresses from the period, and some examples from Jane Austen films we all know and love.

In some of the novels, there is more of a  discrepancy than others. Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility seem to have been written in the late 1790s. It seems that Pride and Prejudice may have been written earlier as well, but was worked on and not published until 1813. 

For the most part, it seems as though the costuming in the film adaptations focusses mostly on the 1810s. Let’s take a look at the transition that takes place from the late 1790s to about 1815. 

Transition stays from the 1890s.

A lovely dress from the late 1790s, moving away from full-skirted frocks of the 18th century, and towards the slimmer silhouette seen in the “Regency” era.

A lovely dress from the late 1790s, moving away from full-skirted frocks of the 18th century, and towards the slimmer silhouette seen in the “Regency” era.

A simple muslin frock from about 1805.

A simple muslin frock from about 1805.

An evening dress from about 1805.

An evening dress from about 1805.

 

Check out my next post for more beautiful examples…

JASNA UT Upcoming Events

This year, JASNA UT is busy working on creating fun get-togethers for our local members and friends! Mark your calendars on April 18 for a special social for all you Janeites. More info to come!

For now, don’t miss the following:

11_6FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13 & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14: It’s our annual Regency Romance Ball, of course! Don’t wait… get your tickets now before they are gone. Enjoy an evening with an historic English dinner, vintage dancing and Regency manners and finery within the iconic Salt Lake Masonic Temple. For tickets and more details, click here.

 

Regency Ball TUESDAY, JANUARY 27: In preparation for the ball, master the art of Austentatious with us! Learn Regency dances with Vintage Dancing instructor Kimberli Grant. Laura Bedore of Mask Costumes explains how to avoid improper introductions, the correct way to execute a bow or curtsy, and tips on fashionable fun. 7:30 pm; Pioneer Hall (1137 W 7800 S, West Jordan); $7.50 per person.

 

7900249-word-cloud-based-on-jane-austen-s-mansfield-parkWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28: The next JASNA Utah Book Club meeting is on Wednesday, January 28, at the home of Elizabeth Mahas, our region treasurer and book club coordinator. This month the discussion turns to Miss Fanny Price of Mansfield Park. Elizabeth hosts book club every other month. If you’re interested in joining us, contact us here for details. Not a member? Join here!

 

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of these events. If you have a diverting idea for a JASNA UT meet-up or are interested in becoming a part of our Utah chapter, please let us know.  Cheers!

JASNA UT Collaborates With Salt Lake Pops Quartet

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We are pleased to announce our collaboration with Salt Lake Pops Quartet for the Regency Romance Ball 2014! Now your evening will feature live music for half the night so you can dance the night away in true Jane Austen Style! Check out their website here… http://slpopsquartet.com/index.html.