Fashion History of 1800s Accessories
The period 1800-1837 is part of the Georgian era. George III was insane after 1811, but lived on until 1820. His son the Prince Regent, George, acted as Regent for nine years of the King’s madness, then reigned 1820-1830. Because of the influence of the Georgian Prince Regent, this is early part of the C19th is known as The Regency Period, and in costume history terms the Regency fashion era. Accessories such as those shown on this page were an essential part of the fashion of the Regency period.
Throughout the Regency Era the lightweight robes needed other garments or accessories to make the wearer warmer. Tulle shawls which were delicate and light particularly suited fine evening dresses. White muslin net shawls embroidered with tambour work were made in Essex where a thriving cottage industry was set up by a Flemish refugee.