Dress Up Day!

It’s Dress Up Day, and we can’t wait to see your finest Regency outfits – from stylish bonnets and turbans to delicate dresses, dashing coats and well-heeled boots, gorgeous gloves and fluttering fans!

Saturday 16 July
10:00am — 4:00pm

‘I never in my life saw anything more elegant than their dresses.’

Pride & Prejudice

Celebrate summer with us! On this special day, just ahead of the anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, we want you to honour our favourite authoress by dressing up in your finest Regency regalia. We’ll be strutting our stuff in the House, preening on the lawn, and promenading in the shrubberies. Elegance will prevail!

This year’s Dress Up Day will be hosted by Dr Serena Dyer, dress historian and expert in historical dress recreation. From 11am-2pm, Serena will be leading the way in recreating gorgeous Regency style, offering surgeries on your own Regency outfits, and showcasing her own collection of handmade gowns. Come along to learn, enjoy and be inspired – all in the name of fun, fashion and dress history!

We will be taking photographs throughout the day, to help us refill our bank of imagery to use on the website and marketing materials. By attending the day, you will agree to feature in photography (we’ll ask you to sign an agreement when you arrive).

This event was great fun last year and is back by popular demand! It’s a lovely opportunity to meet like-minded Austen aficionados, enjoy the elegance of a bygone age, and feel like you’re stepping into an Austen novel!


Date: Saturday 16 July

Time: 10.00 – 16.00*

*Serena Dyer will be in residence from 11am – 2pm to chat, discuss and advise on all things Regency dress

Location: This event will take place at Jane Austen’s House in Chawton. Find us. 

BOOK HERE (please make sure you select 16 July!)

💐 This event is part of our Anniversary Weekend celebrating the life of Jane Austen, who died in Winchester on 18 July 1817.

Two ladies in bonnets in the garden at Jane Austen's House

Credit: Luke Shears

Dr Serena Dyer FRHistS AFHEA is a historian of dress, consumption, and material culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. To Serena, objects resonate with human stories which are told in stitches and brushstrokes. Her first book, Material Lives: Women Makers and Consumer Culture in the 18th Century, was published by Bloomsbury in 2021. Her current research projects include work on the performance of British patriotism through dress, the history of buying British, historicism and sartorial temporality, and recreation and remaking dress as a historical methodology.