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Jane Austen's Wardrobe

On Monday, January 25, members and guests of the Lady Dunmore Chapter of the Vintage Ladies of Williamsburg met for their quarterly meeting and social at Jane Lyons' home. Guest speaker, Virginia Snyder Lee of "Changing Times" and her associate, Sandy Reese, gave an informative lecture on the English author Jane Austen's Wardrobe. 30+ members watched as Lee and Reese dressed models in period clothing dating from 1775 to 1810 to show how styles changed during Austen's lifetime. While doing so, Mrs. Lee dispensed tidbits of information about Austen and used narratives about clothing taken from Jane's novels and personal family letters. Each model was given a persona from a novel. To add a touch of whimsy Sir John Middleton from Austen's novel "Sense and Sensibility' joined the group to show what gentry gentlemen would have worn at that time. He certainly put his "best foot forward" amongst all those women.

Pictured: Sandy Reese, (aka Lady Middleton, "Sense and Sensibility"); Sarah Avellar, Historian for Vintage Ladies of Williamsburg (aka Lady Lucas, "Pride & Prejudice"); Linda Merslich, President (aka Lady Dunmore), Virginia Snyder Lee (aka Mrs. Bennett, "Pride & Prejudice"); Carolyn Lodzieski, (aka Austen's cousin the Countess de Feuillide); and Jack W. Lee (aka Sir John Middleton, "Sense & Sensibility").

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