Regency Fashions

With all the excitement leading up to a certain Miss Caroline Abbott, we here at The Dressmaker Doll Fashions have been doing a good bit of research on fashions in the Regency era! We all love the novels of Jane Austen and Elizabeth Gaskell, so of course we have also been watching our favorite film adaptions for inspiration as well.

Today, we thought we would share some gorgeous ensembles that have been inspiring us! We have found so many stunning pictures, that this post may be a bit lengthy! We split the pictures into two categories: historic garments and film costumes. Enjoy!


Dress ca. 1818.

First, here is a gorgeous rich burgundy silk gown! Notice the puffing along the hem of the skirt.



ca. 1805 sleeve detail Ball gown | V Search the Collections

Incredible detail on the sleeve of a ball gown ca. 1805.

Pale Violet Silk Ball Gown, American, 1820. Back View.

A beautiful Regency gown with very unique sleeves!

1810  riding habit, so cool

Here is something you don’t always think of when thinking of Regency clothing: a lady’s riding habit!

Day dress ca. 1823-29    From Colonial Williamsburg

A bright pink gown made in the United States around the year 1823.

Annette, from "Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion" exhibition. Dress. Cotton percale, cotton muslin, cording, France or England 1814-15. Shawl, cashmere, England, first quarter of the XIX century. Jewellery. Gold, turquoise and micro mosaic. Italy and England, first quarter of the XIX century. Bag. Vermeil, silk and gold tricot, gold bullion. France, circa 1808.

The basic Regency day ensemble consisting of a white muslin gown, a shawl, reticule, and bonnet!

Now we transition to period film costumes:)


I love Cynthia's dress in this scene!

While not quite in the Regency period, some of Molly’s gowns in Wives and Daughters are very much the same style as she wasn’t the most fashion forward young lady.

Fanny in Bright Star {I love this dress!}

In the film Bright Star, a biography of the poet John Keats, his fiancee Fanny Brawne designs and makes her own clothing giving the costumes a uniqueness one doesn’t often see in period films.

The classic Pride and Prejudice mini series! I love this richly colored Spencer jacket Elizabeth is sporting here, as well as the style of her bonnet!

This version of Jane Austen’s Emma is a relatively new favorite for me! As soon as I fell in love with the film, I also fell in love with Emma’s beautiful gowns!




Sally Hawkins made a lovely Anne in Persuasion! Also lovely is this unique ensemble. The sheer sleeves trimmed in lace are particularly fetching!


Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen herself in Becoming Jane. I love this beautiful pale green silk gown.

We hope you all enjoyed a peak at our Regency inspiration! All pictures are from Pinterest.




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  1. These are outstanding . I so enjoyed Thank you

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