12-14 April 2019

Jane Austen Festival Australia is an annual celebration in Canberra where Austen and Napoleonic fans from all over Australia come and indulge themselves in everything Regency - including dancing, music, food, games, archery, fencing, theatre, promenades, grand balls, talks, workshops, costumes and books. This festival is now a regular part of the ACT Heritage Festival, Australian Heritage Week and is supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Costumers Guild and the Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy. Since its inception in 2008 this little festival has blossomed into one of the most delightful four days anyone could experience each April in an old and beautiful part of Canberra, the Federal capital of Australia.

July 09, 2009

Exhibition of Regency Costumes, Prints and Books

Clothing to be on display so far:

  1. Black silk spencer, c.1810
  2. Short cream mitts c. 1810
  3. Man's linen shirt, c.1800
  4. Roller-printed floral cotton bodice top (skirt missing), c.1820
  5. Cotton bib-front daydress, c.1810
  6. Silk bib-front daydress, c.1810
  7. White muslin daydress, c.1820
  8. Infant's nightgown, c.1820
  9. Silk Ballgown with Pelerine, c.1830
  10. Men's hand embroidered polychrome floral waistcoat, c.1780
  11. Lady's leather dance slippers, c. 1830
  12. Embroidered silk organza shawl, whitework, extremely fine and sheer, c. 1800
  13. Blue chambray cotton girls round gown with ornate sleeves, c.1820
  14. Corded stays (regency corset) c. 1830
The exhibition will run all festival, with costume researchers encouraged to book a time for up-close costume inspection for Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 April 2010.

We welcome loans of mannequins, dummies and display cases for the staging of this exhibition. Please phone Aylwen on 0409 817 623 if you can be of assistance. Click on picture for images of some of the collection.

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