Regency Era

Historical Costuming Resources
      At Lacis, we love all things Jane Austen, and we totally understand the impulse to immerse oneself in her world. That's why we started compiling the things you'll find on this page. We'd love your help with this project, so don't hesitate to email us with your suggestions and contributions.

Books    •   Podcasts   •   Video Content   •   Blogs   •   Communities & Organizations



Jane Austen's Wardrobe by dress historian Hilary Davidson, newly published as of Fall 2023, is now available at Lacis Museum!

The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things by our favorite literary biographer, Paula Byrne. Jane's writing desk! Bathing machines! The card of lace her aunt, also named Jane, was accused of stealing! Byrne paints a deft portrait of Jane and her times through the tangible objects that touched her life.

Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah Jane Downing. This Shire book published in 2010 is one of our perennial best-sellers at the Museum Shop

Walking Jane Austen's London by Louise Allen — another Shire book we have that our customers love

Jane Austen's Town & Country Style by Susan Watkins is another book we carry at Lacis Museum, and for good reason. Letters, period illustrations, and color photographs "bring the spirit of the age vividly to life"


The Thing About Austen. Each episode focuses on a different item mentioned in the novels, such as smelling salts, the Bertram sister's wooden puzzle map of the world, and Mrs. Dashwood's linens...

Live from Pemberley. Read P&P again, with friends! Hot & Bothered is a romance novel podcast hosted by the two lovely ladies, Vanessa Zoltan and Lauren Sandler, and we really enjoy their energy together

Video Content

Why I Dress Like a Regency Gentleman — Every Day of My Life. Interview from the BBC

How Historically Accurate are the Costumes in Pride & Prejudice 2005? Very important information alert!! Abby Cox gives you a thorough schooling with her well-researched fashion history analysis


Elegance of Dress — Jane Austen-Era Fashion in Art. The Taft Museum's "Frame|Work" blog is where art lives

The Fashions of Jane Austen, from Ohio State University's "CLOTHES LINES" blog of the Historic Costume & Textiles Collection (also check out their Fashion2Fiber digital archive!)

Communities & Organizations

The Bay Area English Regency Society (BAERS) throws regular 18th-century themed dance parties (read: balls!) in Palo Alto for those of you wanting to practice your moves while in costume

The Greater Bay Area Costumer's Guild (GBACG) also coordinates costume balls, and sometimes these are very much Jane Austen-oriented events

Period Events & Entertainments Re-Creation Society (PEERS) does Jane Austen stuff, too!

Jane Austen Society of North America. The Jane Austen Society of North America is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers and dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing

Foundations Revealed is historical costuming queen Catherine Hay's community — ideal for sewists looking for some moral support on their corsetry journey

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