Saturday, 29 December 2012

George the Third men`s clothes

George the Third Men`s Clothes

I love the short waistcoats and tight trousers which were worn with powdered wogs and long overcoats. The short waistcoats were often made from satin or silk worn for best occasions. The wigs were worn to conceal greasy hair, baldness and mostly head lice. The boots were more practical than fashionable and the coats which were either double-breasted or singular were tailcoat for formal and long for normal use. Not to mention the Heathcliffe like hat worn to bear weather of all forms and to last for years.

Puffy dresses

 They may look slightly hideous and ugly to us but these dresses were made to show the beauty and nature of the characters in films. The big pink dress was worn by Deborah Kerr in "the king and I", stand out among the beautiful Saris worn by the other characters to show how English she looks in contrast to everyone else. The middle one which looks slightly like a Victorian nightgown was worn Joan Crawford in Letty Lynton in 1932 in a more dramatic scene to draw attention to her.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

More Banton and some kimonos

I `ve found some more glamorous designs by Thomas Banton, who is also costume designer for my Fair Lady. I love the way he finds clothing which looks so fitted and unique on each character.

I was inspired by the kimonos in The Memoir of the Geisha girl when I watched the film and found the hand-painted prints so incredible detailed and beautiful that I just had to sketch them.

The 30`s clothing tends to be very sparkly, glamorous and  full of shorter hair cuts with thick head bands! So I wasn`t surprised when I came across the 30`s  pictures of Cleopatra costumes (designed by Travis Banton) slightly revealing yet covered with jewels and silk. Banton, had wanted to go for an Egyptian theme with a thirties twist, Which he did well by getting the actresses to have short haircuts but with the Egyptian block fringes. As well as this and heavier make-up he managed
 to adjust the Egyptian clothes to look alot more alluring and seductive.

I found an amazing  photo from a 2006 edition of Vogue of a Marie-Antoinette style photo-shoot! I loved the large dresses with the tiny corsets and plunging neck-lines which gave each model character.
Winter Shoe Funk
Yes, I know what your thinking, this is meant to be a this be a blog on costume design so why is she designing shoes? Well, page viewer it just seems that I cant get enough of the clothes bug recently!So I`ve decided to combine my love of clothes and costume design on the blog.
I`ve noticed that alot of people have been wearing big chunky black wedges recently. So I decided to see if I could come up with something more colourful and wintry.
So, I designed some heels with a more Gothic design on but with brighter  colours.
 Johny Depp, has is an actor with one of the most creative costumes that I have ever seen. His costumes designed by Colleen Atwood, Aggie Guerad Rodgers, Julie Weiss and more. Have all been tailored and chosen for each flamboyant character that he`s been. I find it incredible that one man can look so different in so many different clothes! I love his costume for the Mad Hatter, with fabrics  poking out of his coat and bobbins stuck in his hatband.


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Mrs Patmore and Daisy are in different ranks but I wanted to draw them together to show the difference between them and the other servants. They both never wear the traditional black dress and crisp white pinny since they never have to go upstairs. So they both wear more casual dresses of their own. However, Mrs Patmore wears the full apron and cap not only for practical needs but becasue it shows that she is above Daisy.

Anna Smith our new Mrs Bates (since last series) is our head housemaid but there is only one maid under her-Ivy. She still does have a higher status than Ivy since she goes upstairs to help dress the daughters. She wears the traditional black and white upstairs with a smaller cap to conceal her hair for formal purposes rather than practical.

Ivy the new pretty young housemaid rarely wears black and white but tends to wear her pale green housedress with her pinny.  The dress is in the same style as Daisey but with buttons down the front. I cant find any pictures of her in her cap but I`m sure she wears the same one as Anna.
 James or Jimmy the handsome new footman whose fighting against Alfred for the place of first footman. They both have the same uniform of black tie with tails for serving supper and a dark green waistcoat for everything else.
Alfred, fighting for Ivy and first footman same description as James yet doesn`t look as sleek in tails.

I had no intention of putting him out of rank but I wanted to save him for last. Thomas, devious and scheming creature who seems to have humilated himself for more than he desrves oooh Mrs O`Brien really dosent like him now! However he has the same costume as Carson, James and Alfred. Never seen him in his waistcoat since he`s Lord Grantham`s valet he ends up spending most of his time upstairs. But maybe not for long since Bates is back!

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Hollywood Costume Exhibition

I am very excited I have recently been to the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A, which was definitely worth it`s money. Classic costumes such as Batman, Superman, The Terminator and not to mention Cat Woman were featured in this incredible exhibition.
What was amazing was the whole sections devoted to film such as a Meryl Streep whose costumes from Mamma Mia and The Iron Lady showed how different an actor or actress could look in different roles!
There was a whole film on how the costume jewellery and pinball suits in Avatar worked. Which was really interesting since every piece of jewellery in Avatar was made by a whole team of jewellery designers.
In whole, looking back on the experience seeing the costume drama costumes` had to be the best part. It was fascinating to see a whole array of dresses which had been made even in the 40s and 50s in  perfect condition!  Pearls had been embedded into long laced trains and even ships were balancing on the tops of towering wigs from Antoinette.
It was even better than the Ballgowns Exhibition last year.
Highly recommended but get your tickets soon !

Friday, 26 October 2012

Fairisle or Glasses

                                                             The Fair isle jumper vs glasses                                        

Fair isle Jumper

The Fair isle jumper was first worn by 19th Century fishermen. It`s comeback was in 1922 when the Prince of Wales wore it to a golf game. Ever since it`s been a big hit in the high street.
This British sweater is worn by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Fearne Cotton,Emma Watson, 1D etc.

Big frames like these have come into fashion since Ray Band made their own pair which got opticians and designers in awe. Four eyes like me have been delighted to find ourselves looking chic rather than a stereotype.
Even celebrities who are not known for having bad eye sight have been spotted wearing this eye-wear in music videos and films. These have almost become the next sunglasses and I hope are going to stay in fashion until the price of laser eye surgery goes down.
Which brings me to the real question:
If  you had to choose,glasses or fair isle?

Clotheslines: Downton Abbey Downstairs costumes 1

Clotheslines: Downton Abbey Downstairs costumes 1: Carson is well loved character being a the Grandfather figure who often displays his tough love. Even his casuals look like something we ...

Downton Abbey Downstairs costumes 1

Carson is well loved character being a the Grandfather figure who often displays his tough love. Even his casuals look like something we would wear to a dinner party. With his pinstripe trousers and stiff collar he looks like Jeeves! I accidentally drew him to the side so he looks like Stephen Fry! He seems to have the same uniform as the footmen even though he`s the head butler.

Mrs Hughes is often put in her more Victorian and practical looking dresses for her role as housekeeper. The dress does have a lace trim to it which shows her status and also her personality. If Carson is the tough-loving Grandfather she is the stealthy Great-Aunt who does seem to have a warm side under her forward personality. Her hat is also practical looking but not too modest.

Bates a man who seems to be in trouble without causing it. Looks cuddly but can be aggressive in bad situations. Being a valet he wears plain clothing but has hair gelled back like the other male staff for formality. Wears a simple black bowler-hat often worn by the middle class.

Our nasty and defencive lady`s maid! Always ready to cause trouble lets everyone know of her status in Downton. Has three main dresses two for everyday one for formal. Fairly fashionable button up dresses with pan-collars and white cuffs seems old-fashioned but the pan-collar is having a comeback in real life.  Shops such as Boden still sell cardigans with large buttons on.

Venetian Carnevale Costumes

For years children have dreamed of going to balls in floating gowns and tiaras like characters out of a fairytale. In Venice once every year everyone does exactly that in the Venetian Carnivale. The Carnival is held just before lent and ends on Shrove Tuesday.  It is said to be a celebration of victory in 1162.  People still celebrate it to this day, attracting 3 million visitors every year.

Mask shops like this one sell masks made from leather, porcelain and glass.They are decorated with gesso and gold-leaf. They are well known to be hand-painted and covered with gems or feathers. For centuries people could spend nearly all year round with hidden identities and there are stories told about the crimes people could get away with.