Watching a documentary on the career of the late lamented Victoria Wood, I remembered how side-splittingly funny almost all her work was. Was she feted outside the UK - I don't know, but I encourage any of my readers to look at all of her TV shows. Including this fond and very funny bonnet medley with the wonderful Alan Rickman, the splendid Geraldine McEwan, the darling Bill Patterson and Imelda Staunton. Plus some costume drama surprises. It was a testament to her reputation that such actors would spoof themselves in her wonderful little piece.
Here is a lovely video of what the wonderful Regency clothes demanded of their wearer. Less botheration that in their mother's day (wigs, more petticoats, cages for the dress to sit on, powder and patch and many other layers) but still to the modern woman, a trial. The results, however, were superb. Take a peak
The sheer artistry of bonnets is amazing to me. Ladies were often involved in trimming and retrimming bonnets with colours to match their new dresses. The fashion for Turkish bonnets (turbans), high or low poke, soft or straw - it was endlessly creative and wonderful.
I think that I read Georgette Heyer before I read Jane Austen. Certainly my father and brothers
(much older that me) all read her, and her books were also at my sister's house. They were borrowed when visiting and someone had three of one and had lost some others and accusations flew as to who was the thief...
Discovering Jane Austen was a sheer delight and I saw where Heyer had got the inspiration for her wit and wisdom. Until recently, I hadn't read other Regencies - some are very racy and that's not my forte. It is the romance and period detail I crave. And women overcoming their fate. There were no more Heyers to be had, so for family entertainment, I wrote Clarissa. And I'm so glad that after a number of years, I finally shared it abroad. To have others tell me they enjoyed it means a great deal.