Tuesday, 22 January 2008
We do have our favourite historical films here, things like "Dangerous Liaisons", "Restoration" and "Master and Commander"- the costuming in these is excellent.Unfortunately, Television is mostly at the other end of the scale, with a few notable exceptions lately.
With the introduction of HD television, will a higher standard of costuming be found on the worlds' T.V.screens? In the past, most costumes dramas had a certain leeway in as much as you couldn't see the 'fine detail' and it was only a problem to those like Gini who could spot a machined cuff at a hundred paces or even the hidden bits like "she's wearing the wrong period corset under that dress"!(and speaking of hidden bits - the photo is of Alices' petticoats). Hopefully, in the future, more care will be taken with costume and other details on T.V and while I've no problem with 'entertainment' as such, if you're in education, educate.
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
'With all the trimmings' seems to have carried on since Christmas dinner all the way through January, with Victorian and regency gowns taking up a lot of this months production. Gini will often try and work a new piece or new designs just for fun and you can almost guarantee that they will be requested within a year, which is what happened with these trimming sample techniques - they are now being applied to this 1880's Victorian gown.(Isn't it a glorious colour)? We are also producing a shocking pink 'portmanteau gown' for the same event at the end of the month and by this time we also have to complete 4 Regency outfits,1 childs' christening robe and various petticoats and underpinnings. Doesn't time fly when you're enjoying yourself?....