17th Century Cavaliers Had a Seriously Bad Rep

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People have always used fashion to judge people but the flamboyant looks of 17th Century London inspired some intense abuse – or maybe the wearers’ actions were more responsible for such a reputation. The term cavalier was actually an insult created by the roundheads who disapproved of the elaborate excesses of the fashionable elite. It … Read more

For What it’s Worth – the Making of a Legend

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Charles Frederick Worth arrived in Paris as a sales assisant from a modest birth in Lincolnshire with not a word of French and no more than a five pound note in his pocket. Fourteen years of hard graft later he was clothing the French Empress Eugenie and rocketing to worldwide fame, setting fashion principles that … Read more

Top Made-to-Measure Regency Breeches

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‚ÄúThere are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?’” P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster once remarked and his reliable manservant responded, “The mood will pass, sir.” Without a doubt breeches represent a key part of any pre-Victorian outfit and indeed have not been unknown in following decades since. Fortunately the reenactment world is filled … Read more