In-Depth: Seawater and Sea Bathing

It has been rather a while since the last In-Depth article, in which the Gin Craze was explored. Therefore, it seemed that a return to this section of the blog was more than a little overdue. In the Georgian era, sea bathing became a rather modish activity.[1] Seaside resorts grew up along the south coast …

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In-Depth: The Georgians And Their Gin

It’s London, it’s a sweltering summer’s day and you’ve arrived here for the first time. You are young and you have ambitions. This is your chance to make your mark on the world. However, your hopes that the streets would be paved with gold and opportunity were dashed before you even set foot in the …

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 …

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 …

In-Depth: Education for a Regency Lady

Education for young women is something we could view as a modern concern. After all, we now often talk about education in terms of how it prepares young people for work, and for their social and economic benefit. We view education for girls, in particular, as a feminist concern. We talk about teaching girls to …