regency history

need refs/inspo for period clothing?

here you go:

lots of periods in one spot/fashion through centuries:

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!

Children. Come with me now on a journey about 20-30 years into the future from my previous Captain Kenobi. This is a gift for @fireflyfish who, while discussing the concept of a Regency period AU, suggested Obi-Wan would be an excellent fit for the character of Colonel Brandon in Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (which shamefully I have never read or seen!).

Cue lots of screenshot hunting for reference stills of Alan Rickman wearing this costume in the 1995 movie. Here is the dashing (I hope!) outcome! Enjoy! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

The Times, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1879

During the Regency, Victorian and Edwardian eras it was considered a very big slight if a recognized artist’s paintings were “skied” (placed above the line of vision) or “floored” (placed below the line of vision) in a gallery exhibit. While usually there was a practical reason for skying a painting, it was also a common way for the committee to show favoritism. 

One man, in 1910, who had seen his painting placed in a favorable spot and was content, returned the next day - varnishing day - and found it skyed in another room. He left in a huff and came back with a fishing pole and attempted to knock the painting down and destroy it. When security kicked him out, he came back in disguise and shot the painting four times. 

Here are a couple illustrations showing what flooring and skying looked like:

Flooring could be much worse if the room or the painting were smaller, with people having to bend and crane to view. Here’s a modern example of “floored” paintings: