Somewhat dismayed by a comment relating to Regency fashions, it suddenly begged the question: “Do fans of the Regency era, seriously believe fashions changed in the blink of an eye when the Prince of Wales became the Prince Regent?” After all, the Regency era merely pertained to a blip in the Georgian period, when a prince became king by proxy due to his father’s increasing illness. Hence the Georgian period lasted from 1714-1837, because although William IV came to the throne on the death of George IV, it was still the Georgian period proper. And so, getting back to the aspect of fashionable trends, one has to look at the broader picture as to why ladies gradually abandoned the flamboyant gowns of the early Georgian period for the simplicity of the Empire line gown. Make no mistake, the French Revolution in France impacted on fashions, which inevitably fell more reserved in appearance whilst in Austria and other continental principalities, fashion trends wavered with distinguishing features such as the Viennese Polonaise and latterly the Parisian Polonaise: as a rise in the new and wealthy French middleclass sought to makes it mark. The later Napoleonic era induced the Empire line “look”, when France, England and the latter’s allies were at odds (Peninsular Wars 1808-1814). Thus, free trading routes across the seas were seriously curtailed with rival naval forces capturing and impounding merchantmen throughout this time span. Then came the Battle of Waterloo (1815) and with it came peace and revival. Although times of make do and mend were not altogether at end, again flamboyance began creeping back into fashion, and by the latter part of William 1V’s reign, waistlines were dropping, skirts were fuller and many petticoats/underskirts were worn, as had been within the earlier Georgian period and duly followed through into the reign of Victoria. One can see from early portraits of Victoria the fashion change and sense of prosperity. Throughout the Georgian period as capes, cloaks and shorter coats not unlike male frock coats, were abandoned in favour of the pelisse, the latter was created from heavy wool weave for winter wear to light weave spring wear, to cotton or voile for summer wear, all with notably differing fashion details such as fastenings and trims, and whilst Pelisse hemlines went up and down, some became fashion statements with scalloped edges and or frills attached. For men likewise, fashion evolved from frock coats to tailored tailcoats, from riding cloaks to greatcoats with caped shoulders and deeply pleated backs designed to keep rider and saddle dry during inclement weather (highly favoured by coachmen too), and then there was the straight riding coat with deep cut rear, which hung gracefully to either side of the horse, but remained impractical for keeping one’s saddle dry in persistent wet conditions. By the late Georgian period cloaks and capes became a fashion statement for gentlemen once again, and were noticeably prevalent throughout the Victorian era. Video was thrown together in haste, so not as good as it could be.