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Saturday, September 20, 2008

For Regency ladies who want to be in the know...

New poll!

After toying with my open office software and with Microsoft, too, I finally was able to make a mock magazine cover, only to find blogger didn't accept it. Thus, I had to search the internet for a way to convert to a jpeg image and, la, you see the product below. Note to all: I found this image of Lizzie Bennet on google images. No copyright infringement is intended.

Why did I even do this? Well, I thought it would be fun. Imagine a fashion and personality magazine dedicated to the women of Jane Austen's novels. Who should be the first cover girl? For the prototype I chose Lizzie. But who do you feel would best be featured in a Regency edition of Vanity Fair or Vogue? Who would you most like to have do a fashion shoot and interview?

Sort of an enjoyable 'what if' kind of question and, so, I pose it to you. For GBBS's second poll, I ask you to be the editor and decide....(The poll is at the sidebar.) Feel free to add comments here about your selection.


Shimona said...

Well, I chose Emma, because she's young, rich and - presumably - beautiful. I picture her as one able to indulge herself with gowns in the height of fashion. Also, she leads fashion within her little circle. Besides which, magazine buyers are always interested in the rich and famous.
BTW - they did have fashion magazines during the Regency period - "La Belle Assemblee", for example.

Jemima said...

Hi Shimona,

I didn't know that they had them. It does make sense, though, doesn't it? They seem, at least from Jane Austen's novels, so very interested in doing and saying and wearing just the right things!

Thanks so much for taking the poll!


Shimona said...

I found several websites dealing with "La Belle Assemblee". Here is one of them -
According to this particular website "This magazine contained a wealth of information on a wide range of women's concerns. It was a true women's magazine with celebrity anecdotes, instructions of manners, cosmetic advice, and beauty aids. Dress and fashion were covered in delightfully colored fashion plates--the best of which were from 1809 to 1820. Fashion plates were presented with lengthy, written descriptions, and modish gentlewomen pounced on the latest monthly issue. . . . The magazine was filled with advertisements that touted the wonders of various rouges, depilatories, powders, and corsets" (32-3)."
Ah, well - they say there's nothing new under the sun, don't they?

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