Dressing History is able to supply thoroughly researched, highly accurate reproductions or recreations of historical garments from any era, and from a variety of social classes. We use exclusively natural fibres, and try, where possible, to use authentically woven fabrics. Many of our pieces are based on original garments, portraits or fashion plates, and a research portfolio is available for each garment. A selection of our previous work is shown below. Please contact us for more details and for applicable prices.

Eighteenth Century Gowns

c.1775 Silk Gown


Striped silk robe a la polonaise of c.1775, with hand pinked trimmings and hand made silk cord, and worn over a matching petticoat. This gown was made for an experimental archaeology project for the University of York.

1780 Chintz Gown


Cotton chintz gown from the 1780s, with long sleeves and matching petticoat. This gown has been worn in fashion shows at the English Heritage Festival of History.

1785 Macclesfield Silk


Dress based on an extant garment at the Gallery of Fashion, made in silk that was woven at Macclesfield silk mills. The dress has a vandyked collar and laces up the front with silk ribbons.

1745 Riding Habit


The riding habit is based on various extant garments and portraits, and is made of green wool lined with white linen. It is entirely handsewn and costructed using contemporary methods.

Regency Gowns

1805 Gown


Printed cotton gown of c.1805. The pattern for this gown is available from the online shop.

1815 Vandyked Gown


This muslin gown of c.1815 is decorated with vandyked piped muslin trim.

Nineteenth Century Gowns

1830s Seaweed Dress


Gown of c.1835, made using a V&A reproduction seaweed print.

1845 Gown


Gown of c.1845 made from blue flowered silk, woven in Suffolk. The front of the bodice is decorated with a bertha made from interlaced bias strips.

1870s Striped Gown


Day gown of the 1870s, made from striped silk, for a recent TV project.

Serena Dyer