I'm very excited to have Shana Galen, author of Earls Just Want to Have Fun (and Many Other Publications) here today as she informs us that....
It’s All About the Gowns
One of my favorite parts of writing historical romance is picturing my heroine in the gorgeous gowns of the period. I write in the Regency period, and the style was very much Empire waistlines and flowing skirts. It’s always so much fun to see the dresses in my mind come to life on the cover of the book, as in the cover of my latest release Earls Just Want to Have Fun.
One issue a lot of historical authors and some readers always mention is the accuracy of the gowns on the covers. Are they accurate? Not usually. Would a woman in the Regency have worn such a full skirt as my heroine in Earls Just Want to Have Fun? Probably not. But this is fiction, and the fabulous thing about fiction is how we can step into another time and imagine it as luxuriously as we’d like.
We view movies in much the same way. In real life, people don’t stop and sing in the rain or train dragons. But we put aside our skepticism and go with it for the sheer fun. With that in mind, I wanted to share some of my favorite historical gowns. I chose gowns from movies and TV because that’s a completely visual media.
Here are my Top 5 Favorite Historical Gowns
5. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Gown in The Age of Innocence
This movie, set in New York in the 1870s during the Reconstruction Era, showcases some of the best styles of the period. Much of it was still heavily influenced by the Victorian Era, but I definitely see some indications of what would become the Edwardian Era style.
4. Daisy’s Dress in The Great Gatsby
I loved this gown as soon as it appeared on screen. Actually, I have a hard time deciding whether I like the gown or the hairpiece more. Simple yet elegant and so evocative of the 1920s Era, I would wear this gown any day.
3. Sibyl’s Pants in Downton Abbey
Okay, this isn’t a gown, but it’s almost a gown as those first female forays into trousers in the Edwardian Era were very full and flowing. I love that the top of the outfit looks very much like a dress and that even though she’d bucking convention by wearing trousers, she’s still got on her evening gloves!
2. The Wedding Dress in Outlander
Although this gown looks extremely uncomfortable, I adore it. I love the full skirt and the cutaway that shows the petticoat. I’m not a fan of the bum roll style, but in this case, it works and works well.
1. Drew Barrymore’s Gown in Ever After
This is my absolute favorite. No, it’s probably not anything like anyone really wore in the Renaissance, but it’s lovely just the same and so fanciful, which is perfect for the Cinderella theme of the movie.
What are some of your favorite gowns from movies, TV, or book covers? I didn’t even get a chance to mention my favorites from My Fair Lady.
Title: Earls Just Want To Have Fun
Author: Shana Galen
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
About Earls Just Want to Have Fun:
His heart may be the last thing she ever steals...
Marlowe is a pickpocket, a housebreaker-and a better actress than any professional on the stage. She runs with the Covent Garden Cubs, a gang of thieves living in the slums of London's Seven Dials. It's a fierce life, and Marlowe has a hard outer shell. But when she's alone, she allows herself to think of a time before-a dimly remembered life when she was called Elizabeth.
Maxwell, Lord Dane, is intrigued when his brother, a hired investigator, ropes him into his investigation of the fiercely beautiful hellion. He teaches her to navigate the social morass of the ton, but Marlowe will not escape so easily. Instead, Dane is drawn into her dangerous world, where the student becomes the teacher and love is the greatest risk of all.
Available for Purchase:
Amazon: Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs Book 1)
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/13C2BGf
Meet the Author:
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books " lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter. Visit her website at www.shanagalen.com
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