Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Regency Wardrobe Colors

A List of Regency Colors for Clothing

One of my favorite eras in history is the Regency.  I love the clothing styles--the delicate slipper shoes, the elegant bonnets, the silk stockings.  Even the hair ribbons and small purses called reticules.   Below is a list of colors used during the Regency.


PINKS
Pink
Rose
Blush - pale pink
Laylock - warm pink

PURPLES
Amaranth - purple‐red with a pink tint
Amethyst -  light purple
Deep Violet
Lilac
Purple
Violet - parma violet

BLUES
Azure - bright, sky blue
Bishop's Blue - blue/purple

Cerulean Blue - a bluish green color during the Regency (not the sky blue we think of today)

Spanish Blue - dark blue, used for men's coats

GREENS
American Green - bright green
Bottle Green - dark green with a hint of blue

Emerald Green - a bluish green color made from a copper arsenic compound.  Yes, it was poisonous, but not known to be at the time

Green
Pea-green
Pistache/Pistachio  - light green
Pomona - Apple green

YELLOWS
Bois de Citron - a yellow green
Canary yellow -  bright yellow
Evening Primrose - deeper yellow than Primrose
Fawn - a light yellow‐tan
Jonquil - daffodil yellow
Primrose - soft yellow
Yellow


REDS / ORANGES / BROWNS
Brown
Capucine - dark orange
Coquelicot - named after the Poppy flower
Devonshire Brown - rich reddish brown
Garnet - same as today
Hazelnut - reddish‐brown
Pompeian Red - the deep red color
Poussiere de Paris - light brown
Puce -  brownish-purple/purplish-pink
Sorrel - cinnamon color
Scarlet
Egytian Earth-Brown

MISC. 
Black
Manilla - light, hemp brown
Nakara - pearl color
Slate - a dark gray/stone gray
Steelgrey -  a metallic blackish gray
Straw -  the golden beige hue
White

Resources:  A Lady of Fashion - Barbara Johnson's Album of Styles and Fabrics;  Sandra Brands Regency Clothing Workshop; The Regency Companion by Laudermilk and Hamlin

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