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The Regency. It evokes thoughts of Jane Austen, empire waist dresses, crazy kings, and outrageous bonnets. Officially spanning the years 1811 to 1820, it draws its name from the form of government England was experiencing at the time--that of a Regent Prince (George IV) who took control after his father went insane (George III). Coinciding with the Empire period in France and the Federalist period in the United States, it was a time of prosperity and excess. It also marked the advent of the novel as we know it.

Most people extend the dates of the "Regency Period" beyond the "official" nine years. I have seen suggestions of up to 50 years! On this page I focus on women's accessories from about 1800 to 1820.

Being a Janeite with an interest in fashion, I have searched, not only for pictures and descriptions of the clothing worn, but for ways to make it myself. This page is for those interested in doing the same. You will find tips for your own "Regency Regalia", as well as links and my own hat shop where you can buy custom made Regency hats, bonnets and reticules, as well as patterns. I hope you enjoy your stay. Come back to visit often!