it indeed is western/european centric, I’m sorry for that, but for other cultures I simply don’t have so many references
ALSO note that most of the pictures show historical clothing from the upper classes or more festive clothing of the lower/working class because normal working clothes wouldn’t survive for such a long time, and the clothes were often re-used over and over again!
REGENCY STYLE FANCY DRESS, LATE 19th - EARLY 20th C.
ivory silk empire gown having short puffed sleeve, heavily decorated
with metallic gold cord and clear and gold paste jewels, waistband of
gold passementerie, long curved train, weighted fringed front hem
hi! what are some of your favorite period drama pieces?
Emma (2009): God-tier. The best Austen adaptation. The best Austen hero. I die every time.
Pride and Prejudice (2005): Obviously. I prefer the movie to the series, but if you’re looking for straight up accuracy and exhaustive detail, BBC is the way to go
Room With a View (1985): Good vibes af. EM Forster is a gem. (I haven’t seen Maurice, yet, but if you like this check out that movie. Also Maurice is Gay, so.)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2015): Regency era magic English history AU. Kinda different from the book, but still very good.
A Little Princess (1995): Alfonso Cuaron directed this movie. I haven’t seen it for a while, but I remember doing some interesting things with race and colonialism. It’s really sweet, though I remember the end departing from the book somewhat.
Wuthering Heights (2011): Okay, so I have a Lot of opinions on the failure of the film/TV industry to adapt Wuthering Heights properly, but this movie at least makes Heathcliff a person of color (FINALLY) and captures the tone perfectly. If you’re looking for an adaptation of the complete novel, the 1992 movie isn’t too bad.
Jane Eyre(2011): It’s Jane Eyre. The movie is really pretty. The 2006 version is pretty popular, but I’ve never seen it.
Marie Antoinette (2006): The French Revolution with a rad soundtrack
North & South (2004): Pride and Prejudice but with northern accents and a lot more death.
Atonement (2007): I saw this movie when it came out and I’ve been fucked up ever since
Belle (2013): Admittedly, I haven’t seen this but I know I’m gonna like it
Turn (2014): Pretty white, but if you’re at all into the American Revolution, this is a good series. Ben Tallmadge is h*t.
Death Comes to Pemberley (2013): Jane Austen fanfic; murder mystery AU. Fun but don’t take it too seriously.
Mansfield Park (1999): Okay, I actually do Not like Mansfield Park At All, but Jonny Lee Miller is in this and I think it’s the one adaptation that actually makes Austen’s discussion of race and Empire in the novel explicit.
Shakespeare in Love (1998): Is cheesy af, but fun especially if you’re into Shakespeare
I’ve heard relatively good things about Fingersmith and The Handmaiden (which is based off the Sarah Waters book), but I haven’t seen either yet.
CALLING ALL HISTORY AND ENGLISH MAJORS AND JANE AUSTEN FANS!
This might just be perfect for you :)
This is a game called “Regency Love”, it’s available on Iphones and Ipads (but they’re working on an Android version too!) and it’s absolutely magical. On the surface, it’s “just” a historical dating sim (which is a game where you can romance a partner of your choosing and can influence the story through your words and actions), but wow, it’s so much more:
The atmosphere is just like reading a Regency era novel, only you’re the heroine
You can determine your own character through interaction choices - you can choose to be gentle and kind like Jane or witty and forthright like Elizabeth or vulgar and frivolous like Lydia
To advance in the story, you have to earn points either by being quizzed about the Regency era (e.g. what were popular ice cream choices of the time? What was the proper time for a visit? Who was the king?) or by completing quotes via hangman (What are men to rocks and ______) - so you lern A LOT about the prominent issues and thoughts of the time
You can spend these points as “motivation” to become accomplished - which should, of course, attract a husband, but it’s just fun to watch yourself grow into a super genius who can paint as well as ride as well as dance as well as talk literature as well as stitch as well as play the pianoforte and sing. You go, main character!
You’re never just passive, but are always able to influence the course of events
Also, you can be incredibly witty if you choose to be and poke fun at some of the societal norms of the time - which your romantic partners will not only tolerate, but admire!
It touches upon heavier subjects as well: whether one’s life shoud be determined by one’s birth, how one should approach war and nationalism, whether education should be available only to a select few or everyone, whether it’s good or bad that times are changing,…
That’s right: one of the main plot points is that a school is being built - one that EVERYONE can attend!
As far as I can tell, it’s incredibly authentic - the conversations flow naturally, everyone has their own, real problems … but it’s such a stark difference to your everyday life that it really makes you reconsider and look at things as they are with a fresh approach (e. g. how women in general are able to earn money nowadays, while back then, this was restricted to a few authoresses)
Also, not going to lie, the romantic story lines are just really heartwarming and sweet^^
Definitely a bonus: One of the storylines is focussed on the value of female friendship (Ellie Ashcroft) and how much women can learn from each other. The creators also promised that there will be many more stories/romance options to come, one of which will be a lady/lady love option.
It costs 4.99$/Euros (which is a fair prize for a game of this scope, I think) and it’s worth every single cent and penny - oh, but be warned: if you want to unlock the army/soldier storyline, you have to go to the in-game purchases and get it there
for another 5.99$/Euros (this, too, is well worth it - I spent approx. 4 hours on this storyline alone and it has some of the most interesting questions to raise).
I hope you’ll have fun sipping tea, eating scones and discussing Shakespeare’s sonnets while Napoleon’s shadow looms over the country ~