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New Jersey Region: Dress in the Age of Jane Austen (VIRTUAL)

Jul 20

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dress in the Age of Jane Austen


Join the New Jersey Region for a live Q&A via Zoom with Hilary Davidson, author of Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion and Jane Austen’s Wardrobe.

Empire waists, sprigged muslin, Hessian boots, and bonnets, bonnets, and more bonnets. The Grecian silhouette of the Regency is as indelible upon the imagination of historical fashionistas as it was brief. In Austen’s works—from Henry Tilney’s reflections on muslins, to Fanny Price’s amber cross, to Lydia Bennet’s strong opinions about bonnets—fashion is a subtle but notable feature of Austen’s depiction of her characters.

Davidson, a dress and textile historian, curator, and archaeologist, is currently Associate Professor and Chair, MA Fashion and Textile Studies, at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has also trained as a bespoke shoemaker and is one of the leading experts on Regency fashion today. 

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