Monday, October 24, 2011

An 1812 fashion accessory that's still in style!

Perfect to thwart the cool breezes of Autumn - shawls were at the height of popularity throughout the War of 1812/Regency period, and have actually never gone out of fashion!  Today’s fashion shawls are perfect to drape over your arms, add a light layer of warmth and complement any outfit, Regency or modern!

A fashion publication of the Regency era states:   "Shawls are much worn; they are admirably adapted to the promenade, as they afford, in the throw and arrangement, such fine opportunities for the display of the wearer's taste."   From Ackermann's Repository for June 1809.

A lithograph plate showing a variety of ways of wearing shawls in early 19th-century France (ca. 1802-1814); redrawn from various early 19th-century sources by Durin for Albert Charles Auguste Racinet's Le Costume Historique.
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  My favorite is the green triangular version - third from the right in the top row - perhaps made in  hunter green camel hair?   Toasty!

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