“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” Coco Chanel’s famous advice on accessories advocated a ‘less is more’ approach. Georgian fashion could not have been more different! Discover how to accessorise eighteenth-century style – from hair to toe – right here.
The fan in eighteenth century England became an expression of style and personality, a conveyor of wealth, and an important component of feminine social identity and communication.
The parasol was by no means simply a utilitarian object. Beyond providing shelter, it became an essential item in the posturing promenades of fashionable Georgian ladies.
In eighteenth-century polite society, convention required refinement in dress from both sexes. A man’s approach to personal adornment was a key element in his public persona.
With the expansion of the glovemaking trade at the beginning of the eighteenth century, gloves began their decent from luxury article to mass-market accessory.
The diamond was the premier gem of the eighteenth century: symbolising status, wealth and privilege, the ultimate fashion accessory and jewel of choice of the Georgian age.