New NGV exhibition: Persuasion, Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen

This week the National Gallery of Victory unveil a new costume exhibition –
Persuasion, Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen.

The two earliest garments in my collection are from the 1820s – a white cotton chemise and a crimson silk gown with puffed sleeves and petal collar. I’ll see if I can dig up photos of them for you. In the meantime, go and see the beauties on display at the NGV.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria, International (St Kilda Road)
When: May 22nd to November 8th.
Cost: free entry.

From the NGV’s website:
Persuasion: Fashion in the Age of Jane Austen looks at the changes in fashion that occurred over Austen’s lifetime, with a focus on English women’s fashion during the first two decades of the nineteenth century. Drawing on work from the National Gallery of Victoria’s holdings of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fashion, prints and drawings, decorative arts and paintings, and complemented by key works from other Australian institutions and private collections, Persuasion broadly surveys the years from the 1770s to around 1830, one of the most dynamic periods in fashion.

Photo courtesy NGV.


  1. This is my favorite piece of your collection. It does demonstrate how a supposed subculture infiltrates normative society.

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