Call it the Bridgerton effect. Since this runaway Regency-era hit appeared on our screens, the whimsy, elegance and bright pastel hues of this early 19th century style have seduced us all, popping up everywhere from runways to interiors.
By definition, the Regency relates to the life of the British Regent King George IV. But in terms of its general style, aesthetic, and mindset, historians generally agree that era spanned from 1795 to the early 1830’s—what is sometimes referred to as the “long Regency.” It was glamorous, free, and extravagant, all of which greatly contrasted with the austere lifestyle of George IV’s father and predecessor, the ill-fated George III. It was, as biographer Saul Davis once wrote, a “devil-may-care period of low morals and high fashion.”
In her ongoing series for Frederic, resident textile expert and art historian Jill Lasersohn takes us on a grand tour of this delightfully romantic era in all of its splendid and fashionable glory.
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