Uncovers Georgian Britain through the sumptuous fashionable dress of the era.
Explore the history of Georgian clothing through the unique holdings of the Royal Collection, including masterpieces by such artists as Thomas Gainsborough and William Hogarth, along with drawings, miniatures, fashion periodicals, swords, jewelry, and carefully preserved garments and accessories of the period.
Style & Society includes examples of both high fashion and non-elite dress, as well as items commissioned, worn, and collected by members of the royal family and their inner circle. Contained within these pages are several objects with a surprising connection to revolution: the aprons adopted by Queen Charlotte, which were traditionally associated with working-class dress, and the Whig buff and blue worn by the Prince of Wales, which was inspired by American Revolutionary ideals. The book also sheds light on the cosmetics and hairstyles of the period, court ceremony and ritual, clothing worn in battle, and styles and materials imported from France, China, and beyond. Published to accompany an exhibition opening in March 2023 at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, this book serves as an enchanting guide to Georgian dress and fashion.
About the Author
Anna Reynolds is deputy surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures at Royal Collection Trust. In 2012 she delivered a paper “Democratising Fashion” at the TEDx conference at the Houses of Parliament. She is the author of In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion and A Royal Welcome and has contributed to Royal Childhood and Portrait of the Artist.
"The book is incredibly well researched, and Reynolds writes in such an easy and accessible way. She covers everything from towering powdered updos to underwear and military garb to the 18th-century London rag trade. My dream coffee table book." — Christie's