Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rare Austen letters cause excitement

A major Jane Austen exhibition, which has opened in New York, is creating a huge stir among fans and cultural commentators.

More than 100 items, including rare manuscripts and letters written by the British author to her family, have gone on display at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan.


Monday, August 3, 2009

This rare and complete Regency-era evening ensemble will be on display during the 2010 Jane Austen Festival of Australia

Jane Austen Festival Blog Announcement

It is a rarity to find a set of matching period accessories, but to have them accompanied by their original outfit, is an amazing find!

This ensemble reportedly comes from the estate of Ms. Eliza Fox of Osmaston Hall in Derbyshire, UK.

The canary yellow, trained ball dress, is fashioned from luminous and heavy silk, and decorated with metallic copper threads in a corded, braid-like trim. The high Empire-waist is decorated with a band of ruffled canary silk, and also a band of the chord trim. There is a shimmering medallion of jewels to the center of the neckline, which is accented by further ruffled silk.

The dainty, delicate sleeves and low neckline create the typical look of the Regency period.

The dress is fully lined in gauze and cotton and fastens with hook and eyes to the back, along with some muslin ties.

The quality construction, and hand sewing, is yet another wonder!

The ball shoes, are made from the same shade of canary silk as the dress and purse/reticule, and are decorated with the copper chord trim in a large gathered medallion. They are a lovely, classic pair Regency shoes, with a carved wooden "Louis"-style hard heel, ribbon ties, and kid leather lining.

The drawstring evening reticule is decorated with the braided trim, and fully lined in gauze. It too, is also fully hand sewn.

The complete set is a true treasure, has an astounding beauty and romance that should never be forgotten and always admired.

Sites in England reveal Jane Austen's life and world

Sites in England reveal Jane Austen's life and world | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News

Carrie Bebris, the author of the award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series, in which the now-married Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice find themselves embroiled in intrigue, writes about sites in England that reveal Jane Austen's life and world.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Penguin Classics: Why we love Jane Austen

Episode 1: Why we love Jane Austen

Elda Rotor of Penguin Classics interviews Jane Austen scholar Juliette Wells about Austenmania, what it means to be a Janeite, etiquette in Austen's time, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Alan Walker, head of academic marketing, introduces listeners to Excellent Women by Barbara Pym on "Reading the Classics from A to Z."

And Stephen Morrison, associate publisher and editor in chief of Penguin Books, offers up the opening to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice in his segment, "First Pages."

Friday, July 10, 2009

"Regency" - an exhibition of clothes, prints and books from the days of Jane Austen

This special exhibition will run from 15-18 April 2010, as part of the Jane Austen Festival of Australia.

  1. Black silk spencer, c.1810
  2. Short cream mitts c. 1810
  3. Man's linen shirt, c.1800
  4. Roller-printed floral cotton bodice top (skirt missing), c.1820
  5. Cotton bib-front daydress, c.1810
  6. Silk bib-front daydress, c.1810
  7. White muslin daydress, c.1820
  8. Infant's nightgown, c.1820
  9. Silk Ballgown with Pelerine, c.1830
  10. Men's hand embroidered polychrome floral waistcoat, c.1780
  11. Lady's leather dance slippers, c. 1830
  12. Embroidered silk organza shawl, whitework, extremely fine and sheer, c. 1800
  13. Blue chambray cotton girls round gown with ornate sleeves, c.1820
  14. Corded stays (regency corset) c. 1830
The exhibition will run all festival, with costume researchers encouraged to book a time for up-close costume inspection for Monday 19 or Tuesday 20 April 2010.

We welcome loans of mannequins, dummies and display cases for the staging of this exhibition. Please phone Aylwen on 0409 817 623 if you can be of assistance.

Monday, June 29, 2009

According To Jane: a novel about pride, prejudice and the pursuit of the perfect guy

Announcing Marilyn Brant's debut book, According To Jane: a novel about pride, prejudice & the pursuit of the perfect guy (Kensington Books, trade paperback), to be in stores on October 1, 2009!

It's the story of a modern young woman who receives romantic advice--some good, some not so good--from the spirit of Jane Austen. This manuscript won RWA's prestigious Golden Heart Award® in 2007 for "Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements".

Preliminary Program for Jane Austen Festival

Find the draft program for the Jane Austen Festival Australia online. Join the mailing list for news of earlybird tickets. The festival invites you to be involved as a speaker, presenter, participant and as a volunteer!