“Yes, and her petticoat; I hope you saw her petticoat, six inches deep in mud, I am absolutely certain” Pride & Prejudice.
Beneath their elegant gowns, Regency ladies wore layers of undergarments which gave a foundation to their dresses, helping them to maintain an elegant silhouette, preserve their modesty and keep warm.
In this display we uncover some of these private layers of clothing, from shifts and chemises to stays and petticoats. Discover how they were worn, what they felt like, and what they meant for daily life.
Rare examples of Regency underwear are displayed alongside iconic pieces from TV and film adaptations.