I love this book as it is just so interesting, and is very useful for those interested in Jane Austen's books as well as those interested in the fashions of the period. Taking images and the descriptions of the fashions that are shown on the pages of this book, all reproduced from 'Ackermann's Repository of Arts', from 1809-1820, you can easily find yourself lost and immersed in the period. Full of beautiful illustrations and the original descriptions that went with them this is a very insightful look at the Regency period and hopefully will give you a greater appreciation of the time.
You need a tablet device to view this properly. If you use it in the landscape position then you can read the descriptions whilst viewing the pictures they allude to. I used an i-Pad to read this and so I can double tap on the images to magnify them, of course, other devices may have different instructions to magnify or zoom in. This book also has an active table of contents so that you can find particular hats or clothing if you so wish.
Already being conversant with the carriages of the period, and some of the fashions I found this ideal. I think this is a very useful accompaniment for those who have an interest in this particular time period.
on 4 March 2013
This book includes over 250 plates from Ackermann's Repository for the years 1809-20, each accompanied by the original description. The record is very nearly complete; there are just a few prints missing from the period. It also includes one of those rare prints of a gentleman's full dress from 1810 and an appendix containing some prints of gentlemen engaged in outdoor pursuits.
Although this book is not offering anything new, it represents hours of work in presenting the original fashion plates in a way that makes them accessible to a wider audience. The book does not offer any commentary on the fashions of the period, but presents the prints chronologically, enabling the reader to draw their own conclusions about the changing fashions.
The hard copy of this book is expensive, but as this is the sort of book that depends on the pictures, having the reproductions of the fashion plates in a physical book would be a lovely fashion resource. I have only got the electronic version but think it will still prove to be a valuable reference book.
on 10 April 2014
For Jane Austen fans and for re-enactors this is invaluable. You can leaf through the fashion plates and check what would be suitable clothing and accessories during the Regency period, and also gain inspiration if you are sewing a costume for yourself whether it is a dress, pelisse or bonnet, umbrella or shoes. The plates really give you a 'feel' for the period and the descriptions will help considerably with choice of fabrics, colours and trims.