Video: Show us some amazing costumes from a TV show, film, music video or performance.
I could have gone in so many directions here. Elizabeth R., The Six Wives of Henry VIII (no leather wife-beater either, thankyouverymuch, Showtime), Upstairs, Downstairs (couldn't find Hazel's ca. 1916 black and pink gown), The Bucaneers (saw nothing of interest – sorry, Tampa Bay), Poldark (I only found video montages set to songs by Oasis and Kansas…quite blindly grotesque), The Forsythe Saga (Irene's Madame X-style red gown was too badly lit)…where to turn?
The question is WHEN. To 1934, my babies: 'The Thin Man'. Where everyone was dapper and divine. William Powell in his Oxford bags, Myrna Loy in any damn thing she pleases. There were tweeds, silks, velvets, flounces, lace and ruffles…ladies were packed into their skirts, and men's ties were knotted tighter than a hoodsman's noose. Dolly Tree, Aubrey salutes you:
Anything else? SO much else. Jeremy Brett and Sherlock Holmes. The Sherlock Holmes series was Victorian perfection: in decoration, speech and clothing – even in the historical tidbits providing illumination throughout. Fashion details were accurate and much appreciated: the gradual change in women's dress from the late 1880's to the teens was recognized and reflected. Corsets and brocades gave way to blouses and the whalebone-induced S-shaped silhouette.
Jeremy Brett was a slim, taut figure of eccentric grace in his streamlined black suit. But when in the country, fabrics were heavier, colors were lighter, the stiff tophat gave way to the soft cap and…well, I hope I've built up enough of an excuse to post my favorite Sherlock Holmes clip…ever.
And remember, a gentleman always uses the straight left: