The Regency Wardrobe collection
Please click on each outfit to read about what inspired it and to see more images
Dressed for a ball; Inspired by a battle:
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
Dressed for Promenading
"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
Extracts from four Broadside ballads were specially researched, sung and recorded by Jennifer Reid as part of this project. To hear the three that relate specifically to fashion or to the local area of Brighton please click on the white walking dresses above.
For more about this commission please click here
To listen to the fourth - Egyptian Wedding - about Napoleon's intentions, please click the play button below.
Dressed for a gathering; Shown in silhouette:
The Accompanying Wall Hangings:
“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
The White Peacock
Wrapped in Birds
The Eyes of a
A Little Ridicule