Last week we photographed my new Regency inspired costumes in the beautiful setting of Longhirst Hall near Morpeth in Northumberland.
It is a beautiful building in the Regency style – it includes a colonnaded entrance as well as a beautiful ornate and opulent staircase. I mustn’t forget the pretty gardens as well.
We photographed my lovely model Helen in three of my Regency costumes.
A beautiful afternoon dress and jacket with bonnet that could have been worn by Jane Austen herself was the first outfit worn by Helen. A pretty white Regency style cotton dress with red velvet Spencer jacket and matching bonnet with gold ribbons. I’m sure you’ll agree the pretty garden proved a lovely setting.
Helen then wore a high waisted opulent lilac silk evening gown trimmed with gold and lilac guipure lace. The gown was accessorised with a matching turban trimmed with swaying ostrich feathers, gold tassel and a jewelled brooch. The beautiful colonnaded entrance provided a spectacular setting for this costume.
Helen’s final appearance as Empress Josephine in a gold gown inspired by the Empire/Regency period was spectacular. She wore a lavish gold spangled velvet court robe with train over a gold satin empire line gown trimmed with gold. Helen carried a gold fan and wore a spectacular diadem in the roman style. I am sure you’ll agree she looks magnificent descending the beautiful staircase at Longhirst Hall.
I would like to thank Claire the Sales Manager at Longhirst Hall for her help with this photo shoot – without her it would not have been possible. I would also like to thank my lovely model Helen Redfearn and photographer Tony Lambert.
I am sure you’ll agree Longhirst is a fabulous setting for a costume shoot!
What a beautiful setting for your work – I have visited Longhirst Hall and it is a really lovely building. The garden is the perfect setting for your Jane Austen costume – well done.
My favourite period is the Jane Austen era – the dresses were so pretty – I’d love to wear one – so much better than the clothes we wear today! Your costumes are superb – I love the Empress Josephine Gown it is so ornate!