To begin the Christmas season, here is an amazing holly-themed muslin gown from the 1820s.
It is in the Met collection, and I discovered it via Dr Kate Stradin‘s amazing fashion history Twitter account.
What’s wrong with this cover?, you might ask, and – at first glance, my answer would be: nothing.
The gown is one of my favourite colours, and the diamond theme makes it all sparkly and pretty. It’s in the same pseudo-Regency style as most historical romance covers these days, and it gets bonus points for skipping the waxed/oiled/mostly naked man to go with the woman.
This book is set in the **twentieth century**.
As in: this book is set in the century we were born in.
It already drove me bonkers how all Victorian-era historical romances end up with Regency covers, because:
And – here’s the era the book in question is set. She looks a little different to the woman in the blue dress!:
Two things are at work here:
#1 “Regency” has become shorthand to indicate any book set in any century in the past.
Which is annoying because:
#2 Fans of the genre are treated like they’re stupid.
It’s such a pet hate of mine, if you failed to notice! 🙂
French designer Sylvie Facon has created this fantastic book dress. Not sure there is ANYWHERE a person could wear it, but it’s clever!
The lilac is out in Canberra, and smells gorgeous.
Sunshine and spring flowers on Tuesday afternoon.
I saw this book in Barcelona just over a month ago, and decided there was no way I was lugging something this big and heavy all the way home! I was glad to find it on The Book Depository, both in paperback and hardcover. Of course, if you buy from there you get the book with free shipping (I shudder to think how much it would be to Australia otherwise!).
This is one of those books that will appeal to history nerds, historical fiction and romance readers, etc.
These Lord of the Rings-themed clothes are made by Rooby Lane.
English shop Rooby Lane will make and ship you a dress or a skirt with the text of your favourite book on it! This dress features the soliloquy from Hamlet.
These literary skirts are made by Rooby Lane. The shop has a wide range of literary-themed clothes.
I’ve been quite surprised by how many people actually dress up for historical romance events at book conventions, and these days there’re quite a lot of shops online who will make you a dress for your chosen time period. twinBdesigns makes gorgeous period-themed clothing, and this is one of their Regency gowns.