Smiling Tightly

Frederick Buck (1765-1840)


Buck was active during the Regency period when ladies’ fashions moved away from tightly laced corsets and full skirts to follow classical ideals that celebrated the natural figure. Dresses fell loosely from under the bustline to create a graceful silhouette. Sometimes referred to as the ‘age of undress’, sheer fabrics were popular, arms were often left bare and bosoms revealed. Hair styles too were less fussy with cropped hair and natural unpowdered curls being the style of choice especially for the young. Fashion magazines were launched around this time so it became much easier to keep up with all the latest trends.

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