On the first Saturday of July I attended the first annual Dress Like a Georgian Day; a picnic arranged by Kitty Pridden and Rose Deacon of Bramfoy’s Purveyors of Living History. I opted for Regency dress code wise, grabbed my reproduction glassware and a bottle of champagne and headed for St. James’s Park in the sweltering heat.
I wore my hair in an earlier style than I usually do, so instead of sleeping soundly the night before with only my fringe bound up, I tossed and turned on a head covered in rag-curls instead. I was however ridiculously pleased with the result, and I also appreciate any opportunity to wear a turban. The dress is by Marion May, the neckerchief by Historika and my cameos are late Victorian; the earrings are a part of a set I got at an auction in Oslo and the necklace is from Covent Garden.
The activities of the day included elevated conversation, games of chess, duels, reading in the grass while sipping champagne and off course the intake of copious amounts of food and cake. I was very pleased to have an occasion to use my 18th century-style reproduction glasses from Scanglas, both two wine glasses (shown in the first photo of this post) and a pair of gilded ones (pictured above.) The gilded ones are based on an extant item from the collections of The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.
To read more about Dress Like a Georgian Day, head over to Huzzar, an 18th Century inspired fashion and lifestyle webzine (yes, such a thing does exist) and have a look at their post about the picnic.