Jane Austen Undressed

'Jane Austen Undressed' is a display onsite at Jane Austen's House in Chawton, and here online. Enjoy it wherever you wish!

26 Mar — 2 Oct 2022

“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 – including *that* white shirt from the 1995 BBC TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, last seen emerging from a lake, Lizzy Bennet’s famously muddy petticoat, and a pink corset from the 2020 film adaptation of Emma.

Visit in person 🚶

Jane Austen Undressed runs from 26 March – 2 October 2022. 

🕗 Please check our Visitor Info page for details of our opening hours. 

🎟️ Exhibition tickets are automatically included with House entry.  Please book your tickets in advance. 


Visit virtually 💻

If you can’t make it to Chawton, visit the online version of the exhibition to enjoy it from home!