Thursday, 5 June 2014

Hamlet to Hollywood


Ok so from my roundup of current London fashion exhibitions you may have realised that I love going to exhibitions! I mentioned that I went to the Hollywood costume exhibition at the V&A, however it doesn't require a trip to the capital to see some A list designs.

A few years ago I went to the Hamlet to Hollywood exhibition at Barley Hall in York. There was an amazing selection of costumes from films and T.V programmes. I am a big fan of period dramas (especially Downton Abbey!) so this exhibition was perfect for me.

Whether you're also a fan of period dramas or not, I am sure you will have seen at least one of these costumes on screen or if not, you definitely will have heard of the people who wore them.

 Worn by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth. Apparently the dresses in this film were influenced by the director who was of Indian origin and wanted fabrics similar to those used to make traditional Indian clothes.

Worn by Helen Mirren in The Queen. This simple, black outfit is an outfit I could imagine the Queen really wearing, especially with touches such as the pearls, brooch and of course handbag.

 Worn by Rufus Sewell in Charles 2nd: The Power and the Passion. I never saw this T.V mini series but it looks as though the costumes were very opulent. In fact it was Charles 2nd who first introduced the waistcoat to England.

 Worn by Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle in Pride and Prejudice. Oh my. I have watched this T.V series so many times that I recognised these two outfits as soon as I walked into the room. I prefer this version much more to the more recent film with Keira Knightley, although I like that as well.  

 I didn't get the sign with information in this photo, but I think it was an outfit from Sense and Sensibility. I love the gold embroidery on the purple fabric.

Worn by Louise Lombard and Stella Gonet in The House of Elliot. It was actually seeing these two costumes that influenced me to go and watch the programme. It's about a couple of sisters who become fashion designers in the 1920's. 1920's = gorgeous costumes!

Worn by Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey! I love this gorgeous red dress worn by Lady Mary in Downton Abbey, the cut is just so flattering and the detail on the bodice is beautiful.

Worn by Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth in The King's Speech. These two outfits are simple but stylish. If you haven't seen this film yet then go and watch it now!

And, last but definitely not least, this amazing dress worn by Keira Knightley in The Duchess. This film was filled with loads of opulent outfits and towering headpieces. This is the outfit which feautures on the DVD cover.

Have you seen any of these films and T.V programmes? What did you think of the costumes?
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  1. i got very excited over the King's Speech costumes! even though they are probably the least exciting. it's amazing how much detail goes into these things - i forget when i'm just watching them on screen. x

    1. I know, often when you watch a film you don't notice all the detail in costumes but up close they are amazing!