We presented my Regency Talk ’Enter the World of Jane Austen’ at the Mansion House in Doncaster yesterday afternoon. Doncaster’s elegant Mansion House,a focus for civic pride, has dominated the High Street for over two hundred and fifty years – it is one of only three in the country and has an array of elegant rooms.
It is also a Grade I listed building used for meetings of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and by the civic mayor of the town for official receptions and special events.It was a super venue – a fabulous staircase leads up to a large beautiful room lined with superb portraits and huge shimmering glass chandeliers – my costumes looked fabulous in such a magnificent setting!
My interesting and sometimes humorous talk included several early 19th Century inspired costumes and reproduction period underwear. I explained the style of the costumes in relation to the history of the period and made several references to Jane Austen and her novels!
My son James appeared in costume as ‘Mr Darcy’ for the first time. He was wearing a regency outfit I designed and created. James wore a linen shirt, cravat, silk waistcoat, boot and flap front trousers. He also wore a beautiful blue Melton wool tailcoat. A number of ladies mentioned how impressed there were by his handsome appearance as this most famous character from Pride and Prejudice! Apart from looking the part- James also did an excellent job assisting me with my talk!
I also included a two-minute tutorial on how to make a regency bonnet – it proved very popular and several ladies went away to construct their own. I also helped some ladies with their costume queries, I was asked to recommend regency dress patterns which are very useful for people who don’t draft their own, I can recommended Nehelina – an excellent online German based company who supply period patterns, haberdashery, corset pattern kits, millinery, accessories, fabric and other items. https://neheleniapatterns.com/?lang=en
Patterns of Time based in the USA have a wide selection of costume patterns for dresses of this era. https://www.patternsoftime.com/
We really enjoyed our afternoon at the Mansion House, we had good attendance and everyone said they really enjoyed my talk.
Thank you to Peter Clegg at the Mansion House for all his help in making the event a success! Not forgetting my kind friend Dave who did all the driving and my son James as a splendid Mr Darcy!