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Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots

1/8/2019
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We review this attempt at a biopic about the famous 16th-century Scottish queen. This movie weirdly wastes time on a reductionist view of Elizabeth I of England at the expense of Mary's story. With costumes designed by Alexandra Byrne, whose designs feature denim, saddlebags, and a whole lot of WTF, we end up asking WHY a lot.

Duration:01:00:35

Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favorite

12/10/2018
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We review this tale of court intrigue set in the early 18th century. Two women (Sarah Duchess of Marlborough, played by Rachel Weisz, and Abigail Masham, played by Emma Stone) vie for the attention of English Queen Anne (Olivia Coleman). With costumes designed by Sandy Powell and a historically accurate view of female power and sexuality, we find a lot to praise!

Duration:00:54:58

Jamestown, Gunpowder, London

11/9/2017
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We discuss the Association of Dress Historians conference in London and give you an inside peek at what:s coming up with costume movies and TV as well as what:s in the works for the blog. Next, we do in-depth reviews of the TV series Jamestown, which has aired in the UK, as well as Gunpowder, which stars Kit Harrington and is coming soon to HBO. Get your snark on for a monthly or twice monthly romp through historical costume movies and TV.

Duration:00:49:59

Versailles S2, Search Terms, Patreon

10/12/2017
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We kickoff our new podcast format with bits of news from the costume drama world, a behind-the-scenes look at Frock Flicks HQ, and a review of the first episodes of Versailles season two. Get your snark on for a monthly or twice monthly romp through historical costume movies and TV.

Duration:00:41:40

Patreon Preview

2/22/2017
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Get a taste of our subscription-only Patreon podcasts with this preview where we discuss what we:ve been watching recently, including Victoria and Six Wives with Lucy Worsley. Plus we look at how criticism fits in an academic and journalistic context.

Duration:00:27:29

Mel Gibson's Braveheart

1/27/2017
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For Snark Week, we take on that clunker of medieval Scotland: Braveheart. Oh yes, shitty kilts, stretch panne velvet, and patriarchy abounds. Listen to us get progressively drunker and shoutier as we decry all the crappy costumes and history in this classic film. We're joined by Scottish dress historian Brenna Barks.

Duration:01:15:38

Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak

10/26/2016
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We look at this gothic-horror story chock full of elaborate late Victorian costumes. Director Guillermo del Toro and costume designer Kate Hawley combine powers for a dark and spooky visual treat (with a few tricks).

Duration:00:42:16

Outlander Season 2, Episodes 12 and 13

7/12/2016
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We're joined by Brenna Barks, historian of 18th century Scotland and its dress. We discuss the finale, but spend even more time on the second season as a whole, getting into the real history behind the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the historical accuracy of the costumes, and reflect on how well the season's costumes worked.

Duration:00:49:54

Outlander Season 2, Episode 11

6/21/2016
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There is still lots of wool, but luckily the Duke of Sandringham and Mary Hawkins show up to give us a small taste of shiny. We discuss wigs, the lack of shagging, and various plot points as we hurtle onwards in the Jacobite Rising.

Duration:00:23:45

Outlander Season 2, Episodes 9 and 10

6/14/2016
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We cover two very wooly episodes, and get into Dougal's hotness, how the costumes are working with the characterizations, the recreation of an outfit from a real painting of Bonnie Prince Charlie, and the battle of Prestonpans.

Duration:00:30:30

Outlander Season 2, Episode 8

6/1/2016
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Jamie and Claire are back in Scotland and back in wool. We are joined by two historical costumers and fashion historians, Lisa Vandenberghe and Francis Classe. Lisa is also a former professional costume designer for TV, film, and theater.

Duration:00:28:09

Outlander Season 2, Episodes 6 and 7

5/24/2016
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Claire wears an historically accurate robe volante in episode six, and an evocative but not quite right francaise in episode seven. Oh, and boys wear things too. Recorded in Paris.

Duration:00:23:31

Outlander Season 2, Episode 5

5/10/2016
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Claire has new dressing gowns, Jamie's boots get analyzed, there's historical crochet, Bonnie Prince Charlie gets some gorgeous gold trim, and we finally see and exhaustively discuss the brown and yellow floral dress. Also, we discuss issues with changing the past and future, and the issue of rape as a plot device in Outlander.

Duration:00:50:17

Outlander Season 2, Episode 4

5/3/2016
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We're joined by dress historian Brenna Barks, who is an expert in Scottish 18th century costume. We discuss a bit about Scottish history, then delve into the costumes worn in episode four. Finally, we get a real properly accurate dress back, plus some futuristic aniline dye and a dinner party full of shiny.

Duration:01:10:31

Outlander Season 2, Episode 3

4/26/2016
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There's lots to love in this episode. Claire rocks a beautiful gown and riding habit, secondary characters get frilly, and Jamie finally gets something shiny of his own. But, there are problems in Jamie and Claire's marriage.

Duration:00:34:44

Outlander Season 2, Episode 2

4/19/2016
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We're not in Scotland anymore, Dorothy. Jamie and Claire have finally made it to Paris, and they're living the high Jacobite life in some gorgeous 1740s costumes... with a few quibbles. We discuss character costume decisions, The Red Dress, The Bar Suit, and all that mash-up of 1740s and 1940s. Along the way, we talk about nipple piercing, pubic hair depilation, oh and wigs and hair - as one does.

Duration:00:41:41

Outlander Season 2, Episode 1

4/12/2016
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Outlander is back for season 2, and we're finally in France to see all the shiny! This episode actually spends half of its time in the 1940s, so we discuss those clothes and how Claire's 18th century wardrobe is used as a plot device. Then, we're finally back in 1740s France, where there's some lovely men's clothes and wigs, and some back-lacing women's dresses to analyze.

Duration:00:20:19

Stephen Frears's Dangerous Liaisons

3/21/2016
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We take on the modern classic of 18th-century historical costume film, Dangerous Liaisons, starring the wickedly good Glenn Close as a marquise out for retribution and a disturbingly sexy John Malkovich as a vicomte who's happy to help in her amoral escapades. James Acheson won a well-deserved Best Costume Oscar for this film, even though he made these exquisite 18th-century costumes on a tight budget.

Duration:00:59:54

Downton Abbey Season 6 Episode 9 Costume Recap

3/3/2016
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We discuss the costumes worn in the ninth episode of Downton Abbey's final season. Edith gets a wedding dress, Rose is back with New York style, and everything gets wrapped up with a big shiny bow.

Duration:00:40:31

Downton Abbey Season 6 Episode 8 Costume Recap

2/22/2016
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We discuss the costumes worn in the eighth episode of Downton Abbey's final season. Mary screws over Edith and we are pissed. Meanwhile, we admire Mary, Rosamund, and Edith's wardrobes - minus Mary's wedding dress.

Duration:00:32:56