Regency-inspired costumes at the Royal Pavilion show

An imaginative new exhibition at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton showcases magnificent costumes inspired by Regency history and created with nothing but paper and yarn.

The Regency wardrobe features one-of-a-kind pieces created by artist Stephanie Smart and tells tales of seaside walks, grand balls and musical evenings.

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The clothes designed reflect the fashion, style and history of the Regency era.

Stephanie Smart with a suitably dressed man at the Royal Pavilion

Stephanie Smart said: “It took almost three years to design and manufacture the Regency wardrobe.

“Throughout this period, the decoration and history of the Royal Pavilion have been a cornerstone of my research.

“I am very pleased to see the pieces on display in rooms which epitomize the possibilities of the time and which would have been known intimately by the Prince Regent himself.”

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a new dress created for the Royal Pavilion and displayed in the magnificent music room. Symphony of Stars is a stunning life-size court dress inspired by the architecture of the Music Hall and Chinese palace wallpaper.

Hedley Swain, CEO of the Royal Pavilion and Museum Trust, said: “We are delighted to have these beautiful, ethereal works of art at the Royal Pavilion, especially as some of them have been directly inspired by the interiors where they will now be on display. Stephanie’s creations not only complement the Regency story of the Royal Pavilion, but add to its magical nature.

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