What to wear

See what past attendees have worn to this festival at http://janeaustenfestival.com/past-festivals/. If you cannot find an outfit to wear we simply ask that for evening events women wear smart casual single-colour empire-line gowns and the gentlemen wear a white long sleeved shirt with a waistcoat and neat dress pants or smart dress suit or uniform. Below are some fashion plates that you can use for inspiration when putting together your ball gown for our Napoleonic Ball.


If you wish to hire a costume you will need to book into one of the two costume hire days before the festival, noting that we do not have any costumes larger than a size 16. Hire dates will be announced to ticket holders in February through the Eventbrite ticketing system – they will be on a Sunday, one in March and one in April. Any remaining hire costumes will be available for hire at the Albert Hall on Thursday 12 April 2018 between 12 noon and 3pm, however we advise interstate guests to hire a costume locally and bring it with them.