Discoveries: The Jane Austen Festival, Bath, UK

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Bath is currently celebrating the Jane Austen Festival (JAF). The ten-day commemoration includes various events of interest to Jane Austen fans: lectures, tours, workshops, a concert, a costumed promenade (a kind of parade) and a Regency Ball. Fortunately for those of us who can’t be there in person, the JAF provides photos. Here are just a few examples:


The Jane Austen Festival 2013.


The Jane Austen Festival.


The Jane Austen Festival 2013.

There are few places more apt to function as backdrop for Austen’s work as Bath, and the photographers capture the people and the environments beautifully. Check the JAF site and the website of the JAF photographer, Owen Benson Visuals, for even more photos.

What interests me most in the photos is the costuming, though. Such a collection of intriguing and skillfully made garb! The pictures make me want to attempt making an empire gown. I’ve done a little historical or historically inspired sewing, but nothing of the English Regency era. As a textile history geek and an Austenite, I really should mend that gap, don’t you think?

Looks like a lot of fun! I may have to add the Jane Austen Festival to my bucket list.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.