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Fashion in the time of Jane Austen (Shire Library) Kindle Edition

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"Downing's book is a slim volume, running to 63 pages and lavishly illustrated with a fine cross-section of illustrations from the period. She has chosen well, and her examples are apposite and appealing in the context of her writing. She ties the life of Austen into the events happening in Britain and abroad, and how they affected the fashions and social lives of Regency men and women.

This is definitely a book for Austen fans, and devotees of the Regency period. It is written with a light touch and an eye to the realities of dressing in fine and costly fabrics. The attention to menswear is particularly interesting. I was also taken with the reference to Rousseau's theories about childhood freedom and how it affected clothes for children.

Whilst clearly passionate about her subject, Downing is not above bringing in the voice of the satirists who mocked the fashionable. This is a valuable little volume for anyone interested in Regency costume, and very handy for anyone writing about the period: both distracting and informative." -"Georgian London / www.georgianlondon.com "(March 2010)

""Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen"'s 62 pages are jam-packed with information and images. Some of the material that author Sarah Jane Downing wrote about was familiar, but much of it was new. While I finished the book in two sittings, I know I will be using it frequently for future reference... I give this book three out of three regency fans and recommend it highly to all readers who are interested in Regency fashion and historical romance writers who are interested in precise details of dress." -"Jane Austen's World "(March 2010)

"An intriguing look into the fashions of England during Jane Austen's life...providing insightful perspectives on Austen's use of fashion in her books, including "Pride and Prejudice" and Man"sfield Park," among others. Complete with images on nearly every page, the book gives readers the opportunity to see the fashions of this age depicted in sketches, portraits and photographs of clothing surviving to this day, including some of Austen's own belongings. The book's frequent references to Austen's novels are crowned with excerpts from her letters, detailing an attention to the fashion of the time." "Deseret News"
"Acomprehensive overview...Deeply informative...Extremely authoritative...easily accessible and injected throughout with many wryly humorous asides and pertinent observations. It is also full of well argued insights into social behaviours as dictated by the fashions of the time...With sumptuous colour and black and white images from the period, including portraits, sketches, and photographs of extant clothing examples, this compact account is a wonderful resource for costume and fashion design students and professionals alike. It will also have a broader appeal to literary and social history enthusiasts, with numerous quotes from Austen s books and letters that reinforce the author s compelling arguments and astute observations. Highly recommended." Vintage Fashion Guild


"Lavishly illustrated with a fine cross-section of illustrations from the period...Ties the life of Austen into the events happening in Britain and abroad, and how they affected the fashions and social lives of Regency men and women.
This is definitely a book for Austen fans, and devotees of the Regency period. It is written with a light touch and an eye to the realities of dressing in fine and costly fabrics. The attention to menswear is particularly interesting. I was also taken with the reference to Rousseau's theories about childhood freedom and how it affected clothes for children.
Whilst clearly passionate about her subject, Downing is not above bringing in the voice of the satirists who mocked the fashionable. This is a valuable little volume for anyone interested in Regency costume, and very handy for anyone writing about the period: both distracting and informative." "Georgian London "
"Jam-packed with information and images...I will be using it frequently for future reference... Recommend[ed] highly to all readers who are interested in Regency fashion and historical romance writers who are interested in precise details of dress." "Jane Austen's World ""

Lavishly illustrated with a fine cross-section of illustrations from the period...Ties the life of Austen into the events happening in Britain and abroad, and how they affected the fashions and social lives of Regency men and women. This is definitely a book for Austen fans, and devotees of the Regency period. It is written with a light touch and an eye to the realities of dressing in fine and costly fabrics. The attention to menswear is particularly interesting. I was also taken with the reference to Rousseau's theories about childhood freedom and how it affected clothes for children. This is definitely a book for Austen fans, and devotees of the Regency period. It is written with a light touch and an eye to the realities of dressing in fine and costly fabrics. The attention to menswear is particularly interesting. I was also taken with the reference to Rousseau's theories about childhood freedom and how it affected clothes for children. Whilst clearly passionate about her subject, Downing is not above bringing in the voice of the satirists who mocked the fashionable. This is a valuable little volume for anyone interested in Regency costume, and very handy for anyone writing about the period: both distracting and informative. "Georgian London"

Jam-packed with information and images...I will be using it frequently for future reference... Recommend[ed] highly to all readers who are interested in Regency fashion and historical romance writers who are interested in precise details of dress. "Jane Austen's World"

An intriguing look into the fashions of England during Jane Austen's life...providing insightful perspectives on Austen's use of fashion in her books, including Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park, among others. Complete with images on nearly every page, the book gives readers the opportunity to see the fashions of this age depicted in sketches, portraits and photographs of clothing surviving to this day, including some of Austen's own belongings. The book's frequent references to Austen's novels are crowned with excerpts from her letters, detailing an attention to the fashion of the time. "Deseret News"

A comprehensive overview...Deeply informative...Extremely authoritative...easily accessible and injected throughout with many wryly humorous asides and pertinent observations. It is also full of well argued insights into social behaviours as dictated by the fashions of the time...With sumptuous colour and black and white images from the period, including portraits, sketches, and photographs of extant clothing examples, this compact account is a wonderful resource for costume and fashion design students and professionals alike. It will also have a broader appeal to literary and social history enthusiasts, with numerous quotes from Austen's books and letters that reinforce the author's compelling arguments and astute observations. Highly recommended. "Vintage Fashion Guild""

About the Author

Sarah Jane Downing is a freelance writer with a special interest in the eighteenth century. She has written widely about the arts, contributing to national and local magazines and newspapers. She is the author of The English Pleasure Garden.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2236 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications (15 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D7V85Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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This book will be loved by anyone with an interest in Jane Austen or the society she depicted so beautifully in her writing.

Illustrations from the period are placed alongside very readable and interesting passages that connect the styles and trends to the political and social context of the day. Thus, it is part social anthropology, part 'Vogue' article!

In particular, the illustrations of outfits for a variety of occasions are a joy in themselves. For anyone with a love of fashion, it's fascinating to see how much English and European styles have changed since Austen's time, while some of our attitudes to clothes and to presenting ourselves through them remain the same.

It is in short, a really lovely little book that I would recommend to all.
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Contains paintings and a few fashion plates of the period. It is a quick read but the information is a little more brief than other sources
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This little book is a very nice introduction on Regency fashion. Although only about 60 pages, it is very concise and informative, as it documents all the developments in fashion both for men and women during Jane Austen's lifetime. It is fascinating to see to what extend the political and social changes of the time influenced the way people dressed and how the new philosophical ideas were reflected on the new trends. The well researched and easy to read text is accompanied by many wonderful illustrations from the period, and also by photographs of items of clothing that either belonged to Jane Austen herself, or were created by her.

I always liked the clothes of that period, but I never realized what radical changes occurred in fashion during Austen's time, and how fortunate my favorite authoress was to have lived in a time when women's fashion was so liberating and relaxed, as opposed to the restrictive clothes worn before her time and later during the Victorian era.

The book is lovely and I highly recommend it for anyone with an interest in Georgian and Regency fashion, as well as for all those Jane Austen fans, like me, who love to read about her world. However, it has to be said, that this is more an introduction on the period's fashion, rather than an extensive, in depth research on the subject. Also, if you are interested in recreating the clothes worn at that time, this book has no instructions or patterns.
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As one would expect from Shire, this is an extremely well produced publication, with plenty of high quality pictures, all of which are artistically laid out, and the text is beautifully printed. Sarah Jane Downing is also an informative, knowledgeable, clear and concise writer, who manages to pack in a great deal of detail to what is essentially a primer for those interested in the dress of the period. My one reservation is that while there is an appropriate acknowledgement set out for the illustrations, there is a lack of explanatory footnotes, for example, there are pictures of genuine items of dress from the time, and some background information about their provenance, location and accessibility would be very helpful. This is a minor criticism, though, for an enlightening books that whets the appetite for further research.
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Okay but rather short on content and more illustrations would have been useful even in black and white sketch form. It's a sort of very small coffee table book. Lovely to look at and an easy read
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