Life And Style: Hints On Matters Of Victorian Dress (Ladies’ Edition)

It is always possible to tell if someone is a lady, regardless of what they are wearing. A lady is unfailingly polite and considerate. Manners and morals are the mark of a true lady, not her dress, and certainly not her dedication to fashion. Nevertheless, a lady will always endeavour to be appropriately attired. By …

Life And Style: A Regency Guide To Wrapping Up Warm

While this time of year should really see the weather improving and the sunshine returning, it seems that dear Mother Nature is unwilling to play nicely. In response to this unseasonable weather, Behind The Past has created a guide to help you keep warm in style. After all, elegance is the highest calling for a …

Calling Cards: Beau Brummell

In June 1778, George Byron ‘Beau’ Brummell was born to a perfectly normal and non-descript family in Berkshire. Indeed, it is perhaps indicative of the boisterous nature of the present times that he rose up through Society (and then fell from it) in such a spectacular manner. Educated at Eton and then Oxford, Brummell began …

Life and Style: Must-Have Accessories for the Fashionable Regency Lady

As all ladies of taste will know, creating an outfit is no mean feat. Style is an art, which requires endeavour, commitment and judgement. One must be careful to create the correct aesthetic. Our clothing is a representation of our inner selves and our aspirations. The current preference for gentlemen (as directed by the esteemed …

In-Depth: Fashion History and Exploring Everyday Life

Recently, I’ve found myself tweeting lots of pictures of beautiful clothes, rich fabrics and intricate needlework, all with the hashtag #fashionhistory. These pictures have been stunning to look at and admire. The dresses and shoes were made to be admired. They were made to draw the eye, the observers’ attention. But what can we learn …

Life and Style: A Guide to Victorian Wallpaper

The middle classes, who had already begun to grow in the early nineteenth century, expanded even further in the Victorian era. This was something of a boom period and there was a lucky section of society who came to possess a buying power which would have been unimaginable within their family just a few generations earlier. So, …

In-Depth: The Politics of Regency Hairstyles

Regency hairstyles represented a shift in aesthetics. The Georgian period conjures up the image of large, powdered wigs (although it was normally only men who wore a full wig, women were more likely to ‘add’ to their hair for a more believable look). Regency fashion dictated a return to a more natural form, with a …

Review: Tales From The Royal Wardrobe

Following on from her documentary last year, Tales from the Royal Bedchamber, Dr. Lucy Worsley this time explores the significance of the royal wardrobe. As ever, she makes her history playful and fun, prancing about replicas of various royal get-ups down the ages and describing Cromwell as a bit ‘rufty tufty’. Firstly, I have to …