From Austen to Bridgerton: Decoding Dress in ‘Costume Drama’

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From Austen to Bridgerton: Decoding Dress in ‘Costume Drama’

From Austen to Bridgerton: Decoding Dress in ‘Costume Drama’

Dates: Thursdays 13 and 20 May 2021
Times: 18.00–20.00
Location: Zoom Webinar (Online)
Tutor: Jacqui Ansell
Level: All Levels

Course Description: The hit Netflix series Bridgerton is set in 1813 – the same year that Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice was published. With their tales of eligible bachelors and young ladies competing in the marriage market, there are some superficial similarities in the plots, but how accurately do our 21st-century eyes view the Regency Period in which these novels are set? How can looking at paintings, including works from the Wallace Collection, as well as prints, fashion plates and surviving garments, together with considering life in the Regency, help us to distinguish fact from fiction in the ‘costume drama’ genre? During this course we will delight in decoding the details of dress and the characterisation of figures through clothing – features which give this art form such potent appeal.

Please read the full course description here.

Joining Information and Format: This course will be taught through Zoom Webinar. For more information, including instructions on how to download and use the system, please visit

Each course session duration is 120 minutes, including a five minute break and Q&A session with the tutor.

Tickets are for both dates of this course. Ticket holders will be emailed the Zoom link, Webinar ID and Passcode 48 hours in advance of the first course session, which should be retained for accessing both sessions.

Course Recording: This course will be recorded. Following each session, ticket holders will be emailed a link to view the recording, which will be available for one week only.

Date & Times

Date Start Time End Time
13/05/2021 18:00 20:00

Ticket Information

Ticket type Price
Online Course (Standard Price) £35
Online Course (Concession) £32
Online Course (Member) £30
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