Join author Hilary Davidson as she introduces and reads from her new publication Dress In The Age Of Jane Austen.
Jane Austen’s famously observant fictional writings, as well as her letters, provide the entry point for examining the Regency age’s rich complexity of fashion, dress, and textiles for men and women in their contemporary contexts.
Austen’s novels have become synonymous with early 19th century fashion, especially through filmed adaptations of her work. But what did people in this period really wear? How would Austen, her family and her characters have dressed as they moved through the countryside, villages and cities of late Georgian England?
This conversation explores the world of Regency clothing to bring to life the fashionable world in the time of Jane Austen.
Dr. Kylie Mirmohamadi will formally launch DRESS IN THE AGE OF JANE AUSTEN: Regency Fashion
Books will be available for purchase at a special event price of $59.99 (RRP $79.99)
DRESS IN THE AGE OF JANE AUSTEN: Regency Fashion is lavishly illustrated with paintings, drawings, historic garments, and fashion plates—including many previously unpublished images—this authoritative yet accessible book will help readers visualise the external selves of Austen’s immortal characters as clearly as she wrote of their internal ones. The result is an enhanced understanding of Austen’s work and time, and also of the history of one of Britain’s most distinctive fashion eras.
HILARY DAVIDSON is a dress and textile historian who was formerly curator of fashion and decorative art at the Museum of London. She has researched Austen-age fashion for a over a decade. Davidson’s most recent publication is DRESS IN THE AGE OF JANE AUSTEN: Regency Fashion, Yale (2019). Her most recent lecture at The Johnston Collection was DRESSING DEMPSEY’S PEOPLE | Fashion from the street (2019)
Dr. Kylie Mirmohamadi is a research member of staff whose interdisciplinary work encompasses English and History. She has worked and published in literary studies; Jane Austen fandom studies; digital and online literary cultures; garden history; Australian studies; cultural studies; and Victorian studies, including Charles Dickens and Mary Elizabeth Braddon.