The Regency Wardrobe collection

The Garments:


Please click on each outfit to read about what inspired it and to see more images

Dressed for a ball; inspired by a battle:

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The Spirit of the Dress

A specially commissioned dance performed by Georgia Delve

Video created by Matt Lees

To read more please click here

The Bird Waltz - 1820Giorgos Vardakis
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The Spirit of the Dress - live

Performed by Georgia Delve in the Palladin Drawing Room at Firle Place on 26th October 2021

Title: The Bird Waltz for the piano forte or harp

Contributor Names: Panormo, Francesco -- 1764-1844

Created / Published:1820, monographic.

Published by G. E. Blake, 13 South 5th Street, [approximately 1820].

To see the original score click here

Played here in a specially commissioned recording by Giorgos Vardakis

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During the Regency if you wished to impress you might hire a theatre scenic artist the night before the Ball you were hosting. You would have them create a beautiful design in chalk on the dance floor. Your guests would be amazed when they arrived, they would dance over it all evening (and be prevented from slipping), you would sweep it up in the morning and roll your carpets back down.


As part of the exhibition of The Regency Wardrobe at Firle Place scenic artist Charlotte Bownass, re-intepreted the image of a floor that had been designed to blend with Fading glory - the paper and thread Ball Gown centre piece. On the last night Georgia Delve danced the floor to dust. The next day we swept it up. To read more about this lost ephemeral art form please click here 

Dressed for Promenading

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Extracts from four Broadside ballads were specially researched, sung and recorded by Jennifer Reid as part of this project. You can hear the three that relate specifically to fashion or to the local area of Brighton where the research for this collection was begun by clicking on each of the white walking outfits above.


To see how they were displayed at Firle Place please click on the video link and wait until the singing ends to see the lights change.


"Broadside ballads are best placed in the category of street songs. They were very popular during the Regency and Victorian eras. The street was where people could air grievances, settle business and meet each other." - Jennifer Reid

For more about this commission please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page

To listen to the fourth - Egyptian Wedding - about Napoleon's intentions, please click the play button below.

Egyptian Wedding

Dressed for a gathering; Shown in silhouette:

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The five silhouette dresses are attributed to five real women who lived close to each other in the early 1800's and are likely to have known each other socially. To read more please click here

The Accompanying Wall Hangings:

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The Accessories:


“O Attic shape! Fair attitude! with brede

Of marble men and maidens overwrought,

With forest branches and the trodden weed;

Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought

As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!

When old age shall this generation waste,

Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe

Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."


John keats Ode to a Grecian Urn

May 1819

Please click on each image below to read about the piece

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Weeping Willow

The White Peacock



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Eating Bees

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Wrapped in Birds

and Butterflies


Suspended beauty


The Eyes of a


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A Little Ridicule

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