|Regency Jumper Dress and Blouse|
I had forgotten that we also see 'Harriet Smith' played by Louis Dylan in one too, fabulous!:
|Regency Jumper Dress Heaven|
These ensembles reminded me of a similar, though slightly later combination that I liked from 'Wives & Daughters', again from the BBC but back in 1999, set in the late 1820s/1830s, although dear Molly never really wears the high fashion outfits that you see Hyacinth and Cynthia wear (her step mother and step sister):
|Wives & Daughters Blue Gown and Blouse Combo|
|Late 1820s/Early 1830s Gown & Blouse Ensemble|
I was wondering where these two costume designers (Deirdre Clancy for 'Wives & Daughters', and Rosalind Ebbutt for 'Emma') had found their inspiration for these. A while ago I wandered across this dress:
|Princess Charlotte's Gown c.1817, The Museum of London|
The blue gown in 'Emma' is certainly extremely similar, minus the fringe though, of course. I found the gown on Pinterest (thank you to 'The Ornamented Being' via, Pinterest and Tumblr).
Here is their link, with much more info:
The Ornamented Being
Also, there is a post here from Jenny La Fleur - here she explains her views and research, which is very interesting indeed.
I wonder if the 'blouse' is a long blouse, or simply a chemisette type garment, which reaches down to only just below the bust? Was the blouse removed for the evening? I would think so, but I also think that Princess Charlotte would have changed again into a more sumptuous gown!
19th Feb Update:
Here is a link to a little information about the exhibition which featured the dress, http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/archive/exhibits/royal/index.htm which was held between May to November, 1997, at The Museum of London.
Happy Valentine's Day!