Photo by Robert Pittman
I thinks somewhere out there is a sign custom-made for me, warning people to not give me suggestions, solicited or gratuitous, of costume dramas or my productivity will plummet so deep it’ll resurface in China.
You see, I am a visual creature and am hopelessly addicted to pretty, pretty things. Considering my blog has a strong fashion element it should come as no surprise that one of the objects of my magpie obsessions is clothes. This, combined with my nostalgia and misguided belief that I was born in the wrong decade, at the very least, has given me a chronic inability to change the channel when I stumble onto a period film or TV show.
If it’s visually appealing enough, I don’t even care about plot or acting – I’ll mute it and play music! My watchlist is often compiled of Academy Award for Best Costume Design nominees and winners. In short, I think well-designed costumes have the same effect on me that I imagine boobs do on teenage boys – I find them hypnotizing and exciting.
Luckily, as a UK resident, there is no shortage of material for the ever-present costume dramas. I have sat through countless adaptions of Jane Austen novels alongside the occasional cinematic rendering of works by Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, William Thackeray, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot and Elizabeth Gaskell, all of whom don’t have a screaming, rabid fanbase of eternal romantics. Lets not even speak of Downton Abbey.
While I do love looking at the era-appropriate outfits, I don’t think I could actually wear most of them – mostly because I like my organs right where they are, thank you very much. But I do get excited when I see elements of the fashions coming back in a way that I can incorporate. Par example: Edwardian vibes.
I usually enjoy watching everything from Mad Men to The Grand Budapest Hotel when it comes to delectable costumes but, considering the Wuthering Heights theme of the week, I shall focus on 19th century-inspired productions.
North and South (2004)
The Young Victoria (2009)
Anna Karenina (2012)
Bright Star (2009)
And I really need to stop myself or I’ll be at this all day. One more? Alright, go on then even if it doesn’t fit with the country/period but is just so visually gorgeous that I need to recommend it to anyone and everyone:
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Now, I’ll leave you with a couple of pages to dream about from the Fall and Winter Catalogue of Messrs Deutsch & Co, Fifth Ave, New York for 1891.