Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen

Persuasion will survey the dramatic changes in dress and social customs that took place at the end of the eighteenth century and informed the style of fashionable dress in England during the time of Jane Austen’s life and writings.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 22 May 2009 to Sunday 08 November 2009

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Wednesday 19 August 2009.
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Fashion plays an important, if often unstated, role in the works and letters of author Jane Austen (1775–1817). Her interest in changing styles and her witty and perceptive comments mirrored the complex relationships between French and English fashions and society in her lifetime.

The display will comprise of over seventy works including garments and accessories including dresses, bonnets, shoes, Kashmir and Paisley shawls. Selected examples of paintings, hand-coloured etchings and engravings and a small number of decorative arts and jewellery will be integrated with the display. This exhibition is based on the NGV Collection with a small number of private and institutional loans.

Free entry