Aug 30, 2017

Inspiration Post: HSF Seen Onscreen Challenge

I imagine every person interested in period dramas has seen an actor outfit on screen and thought "Want!"
Colin Firth as Mr Darcy in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice (1995) BBC

Because if you're handy with a sewing machine - why not? You can make yourself an outfit inspired by something seen onscreen. It's been happening for years - before TV and movies, Books and Plays inspired Fashion trends - check out the Dreamstress blog post on the 1870s sensation that was the Olivia Bonnet
Where to start? Firstly, the thing to remember with period dramas is depending upon the show's budget, target audience and the taste of the costumer designer, just because you're watching a period drama doesn't mean the clothes are historically accurate. *cough* Reign.*cough*

If you're creating an item for the 2017 September Historical Sew Fortnightly Seen Onscreen Challenge -- Don't know what that is? Details here -- Then historical accuracy matters, so it's time to do some research. May I recommend starting with  Frock Flicks where quote: "we rip into Hollywood’s attempt at historical costuming and talk about exactly why they’re not accurate to the eras."

If you're an Outlander fan, then you have to check out the American Duchess website - not only did these talented designers team up with Simplicity to patterns inspired by the TV show, they are also sharing "Outlander Pattern Hacks" revealing how to make those same patterns more historically accurate.  Also you must check out the American Duchess YouTube channel.

And if, you don't have a movie or TV show already in mind, then here's some costuming eye-candy to get you inspired:

Natalie Dormer as Seymour, Lady Worsley in The Scandalous Lady W (2015)

Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet - Pride and Prejudice (1995)

Keira Knightley as Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire in 'The Duchess' (2008)


MyAnna Buring (plays Tall Susan) - 'Ripper Street' season 3

Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

Claire Skinner as Fanny Dashwood - Sense & Sensibility (TV Mini-Series, BBC, 2008)
"Ruth 'Ruby' Pratt" (Victoria Hamilton) and "Prudence 'Pearl' Pratt" (Matilda Ziegler), TV series  Lark Rise to Candleford
Gabriella Wilde as Caroline Penvenen in Poldark (TV Series, 2016)

And don't worry, I haven't forgotten the gentlemen:

Colin Firth as Mr Darcy Pride & Prejudice, BBC (1995)
Matthew MacFadyen as Mr Darcy Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Matthew Rhys as Mr. Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberly, based on the novel by P D James

Hmmm, any more Darcys?

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