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It's time to show our mirth and introduce a new series of posts entitled- Fashion (Victim). Each week we will introduce you to an unlucky lady, or two, who must spend the rest of eternity dressed, well, not at her best. One wonders what these ladies did to their mantua makers to make them hate them so...
This week we present two print. The first hails from from La Belle Assemblee, January 1809. It is titled "Walking Dress in Feb. 1809". One gets the general impression of clerical influences, with a dash of Ivan the Terrible.
Gentle Readers, this dear lady truly was a victim. All of us here can appreciate that magnificent green. But did you know green can kill? Her spencer, parasol, purse and shoes were more than likely produced from arsenical green which was created using, you guessed it- arsenic.
The copper arsenite was created by Carl Wilhelm Scheele in 1778, mixing potassium and white arsenic on a solution of copper vitriol. Prior to this date greens were made by mixing colors together, but failed to reach the vivid green of the Scheele's Green, as it was called. By 1814 he had created an even more vivid color, called Emerald or Schweinfurt Green, after the town of production in England. In America is was called Paris Green.
Many a young a garment and flower maker met a horrible death trying to create this beautiful color.
For further reading see Fashion Victim: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present, by Allison Matthews David.
If you've been looking for a productive way to spend your time while we "shelter in place," look no further than our new Regency Recipes page! Our wonderful secretary/culinary expert, Kim Costa, has been kind enough to film cooking demonstrations of period "receipts" so that we can get the flavor of the early 19th century. Her first recipe--pepper cakes from Hannah Glasse's 1799 edition of The Art of Cookery--has been posted. Don't worry about taking notes during her video, either; we've got the modern conversion of the recipe available for download on the Regency Recipes page, too.
Be sure to mark your calendars for March 28-29 so that you can participate in DrunkAusten's #VirtualJaneCon, a series of online sessions dedicated to all things Jane Austen!
The "sessions" will be held over a variety of platforms, including Facebook, Zoom, and Twitter, and featuring topics such as "Making a Regency Dress," and "Persuasion Adaptations." There will also be a Pride and Prejudice (2005) watch party and a LiveTweet for the new Emma movie. A listing of the schedule and links to all of the online events can be found on the #VirtualJaneCon page.
Participation is absolutely free, although the hosts do suggest that donations to your local JASNA chapter would be appropriate.
We are excited to announce that we have started a blog for the Regency Society of Virginia featuring all things Regency! It is especially timely during the Coronavirus quarantine that we are beginning this venture as we hope to bring you features that will allow you to continue to interact with the RSV even while remaining at home. As time goes on, the blog may feature event reports and more. Have a topic you would like to see tackled on the blog or one that you would like to write about? We'd love to hear from you! E-mail us at email@example.com with your suggestions!