The Regency Promenade

The Regency Promenade

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, we will be holding a Regency Mourning Procession on July 15th at 3 p.m. as our annual promenade. We will be attempting to set a NEW Guinness World Record

We request a $1 entrance fee, but that is optional. All monies collected will be matched by the JASNA-Greater Louisville Region and donated to the North American Friends of the Chawton House Library.

Specific guidelines for ‘Regency Mourning Procession’

Men, women & children to be dressed in Regency attire.


Women in short waisted gowns with proper accessories (caps, bonnets, turbans, shawls, and/or parasols) with flat shoes or half boots (no tennis shoes, for example).


Men in military, tradesmen clothes, or proper gentlemen clothes, i.e. drop front trousers, waistcoat & cutaway coat, and hat. Required footwear: boots or flat period appropriate shoes.

All participants must be in position simultaneously and remain so for a minimum of 5 minutes (for a group picture at the conclusion of the Promenade).

A loud start and finish signal (a bag piper) will be used. Two experienced timekeepers will time the attempt with stopwatches accurate to 0.01 seconds.

All participants must wear the costume for the entirety of the attempt.

If you wish to wear Mourning Attire to the Promenade, here are some helpful tips and information about Mourning to guide you:

  • In Deep/Full mourning, ladies would have worn a dress made from black bombazine, which is a flat black material, with a black veil and black gloves. Very little jewelry would have been worn, examples are a black jet necklace, a mourning ring, and/or a stick pin. 

    Deep/Full mourning begins the day your loved one passes away.  Your place in society determines “what is proper” for your mourning rituals.  Deep mourning can last a couple weeks to a month or more. For widows and widowers, deep mourning would last one year and one day.


  • In Half mourning, ladies would still wear black dresses, but dresses would also include dark gray, dove gray, dark purple, lavender, and white.  It was the stage where you would ease back into society, so you would begin to accent with white gloves.

  • Accessories: Mourning jewelry was very popular. Hair would be clipped from the deceased person and taken to a jeweler to weave into a brooch or ring.  Mourning rings were very popular.  Many would be ordered and given to family members to wear. 

    Mourners received gifts such as black gloves (kid or chamois), handkerchiefs with black lace edging, or black silk scarves to cover the head.  Crepe sashes could be worn draped over one shoulder and tied at the waist.

  • Mouring wear for Gentlemen: Men would typically wear black jackets, black cravats, and black or white shirts. They would wear black arm bands on their lower arm. The would also wear black crepe tied around their hat that hung down their back (called weepers). Mourning was not as much as an upheaval for the gentlemen's clothing compared to a ladies, since they already included many of these items in their everyday wear.

For more information, please visit these links:

Do you need help getting your Regency Attire together?

See our Regency Costume Tips.doc

Where do you get these items?

During the Festival, we will have 18 purveyors in our Shoppes of Meryton that will carry various elements of all these items mentioned.

Before the Festival, you can visit these shops online:

Jas. Townsend & Son

Smoke & Fire


Taylor-Rose Historical Outfitters

American Duchess

What if I want to make my own Regency attire?  What patterns do you recommend?

Check out our PatternRecommendations.pdf