Jane Austen Fest Speakers

You don't want to miss this incredible style show! Betsy has been involved in costume construction for over 35 years and has had the opportunity to study in numerous collections. She has been conducting fashion shows on Women's War of 1812 and Regency attire since 2004. Her casual and friendly delivery is inviting and educational. This is the "Period" to our Fest.

Betsy Bashore

Dr, Kathryn L. Libin, Associate Professor of Music at Vassar College, earned BM and MA degrees in piano performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and New York University, and a PhD in musicology at NYU. She has lectured and published on Mozart’s music and manuscripts, on music in Jane Austen’s life and works, and on musical sources in the Lobkowicz Library near Prague. Ms. Libin has given talks at many JASNA AGMs and chapter meetings, including a plenary lecture in Los Angeles, and served as music director for JASNA's 25th-Anniversary AGM at Winchester (2003) and New York AGM (2012). Her articles on Jane Austen and music may be read in Persuasions, in the collection Elegance, Propriety, Harmony: Jane Austen and the Arts (2013), and the forthcoming Edinburgh Companion to Jane Austen and the Arts.

Jane Austen and the Regency Unmarried State.

Marriage during the Regency Era, Jane’s situation in regards to marriage and marriage as presented in her novels.

She will cover Regency  theories of medicine, common diseases, cures & quackery, childbearing, dentistry, and medical advances if the era. Jane Austen was no stranger to disease and we will discuss her own experiences. Having been no stranger the last couple of years to disease and even having had to cancel

last year’s Fest, we think this is an appropriate subject to explore.

Betsy will cover the basics elements of a women's regency wardrobe and share pattern recommendations and fabric resources (if you’re a do it yourselfer) as well as niche manufacturers for certain hard to find items. This talk will be interactive with participants invited to bring their questions and engage in discussions around preferences in color, fabrics and general attire and how that might influence their regency wardrobe choices.

Betsy Bashore