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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, 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 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 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

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

Downton Abbey Season 6 Episode 5 Costume Recap

2/1/2016
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We discuss the costumes worn in the fifth episode of Downton Abbey's final season. Mary goes racing with Henry Talbot, Edith and Bertie finally kiss, and Robert spews blood all over Cora's fancy evening dress. Whoa!

Duration:00:22:56

Downton Abbey Season 6 Episode 3 Costume Recap

1/18/2016
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We discuss the costumes worn in the third episode of Downton Abbey's final season. Weddings! Fashion magazines! New love interests! Returning characters!

Duration:00:31:28

Downton Abbey Season 6 Episode 2 Costume Recap

1/11/2016
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We discuss the costumes worn in the second episode of Downton Abbey's final season. EVERYONE has hat game, the Crawley ladies go artsy-craftsy, and Lady Mary wears the best dressing gown evah.

Duration:00:24:45

Downton Abbey Season 6 Episode 1 Costume Recap

1/4/2016
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We discuss the costumes worn in the first episode of Downton Abbey's final season. Middle Eastern embroidery, subtle details on the servant wear, and some sparkly evening wear make for a strong start to Downton's last season.

Duration:00:32:56

Wait, Wait, Don't Frock Me 2015

8/21/2015
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We quizzed a live Costume College audience about movie and TV costume trivia for fun and trivial prizes. Games included Who's Trystan This Time, Bluff the Costumer, Not My Costume with special guest Lauren of American Duchess historical footwear, and the Costumer Limerick Challenge.

Duration:00:22:40

Alan Rickmans's A Little Chaos

7/27/2015
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Catching this film soon after its U.S. release, we admired much about the story but found the costumes a little lacking in historical accuracy. Yep, designer Joan Bergin reused some things from The Tudors and let a little gaposis shine into A Little Chaos, but at least we still have determined proto-feminist Kate Winslet, brooding Belgian Matthias Schoenaerts, and not enough of the awesome Alan Rickman playing around in muddy Versailles to distract us.

Duration:00:50:58

BBC's Poldark

7/6/2015
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The BBC (and Masterpiece PBS) brings back Ross Poldark and his lady-loves Elizabeth and Demelza in this reboot of the 1970's historical romance fave set in 18th-century Cornwall. While the costuming and hairstyles are a bit lackluster, Aidan Turner's broody manliness might just make up for the lack of historical accuracy.

Duration:00:48:40

Peter Kosminsky's Wolf Hall

4/6/2015
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Wolf Hall purports to tell the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn through Thomas Cromwell's eyes. Based on the award-winning book by Hilary Mantel, this miniseries portrays a sympathetic look at Cromwell and a new perspective of the history you have probably heard before. It's an incredibly well done production, with amazing costumes (OK, we have a very few quibbles) and sets. We rave about the costumes (and nitpick a few elements), and debate the story and production.

Duration:01:20:44

Amma Asante's Belle

2/24/2015
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This fascinating story of a mixed-race aristocratic woman living in 18th-century England is highly entertaining, even if it's not totally faithful to the historical record. Our discussion ranges from the movie itself, to the representation of non-white ethnicities in history and in historical costume films. We also analyze the costumes themselves, which are highly accurate but about 20 years too early.

Duration:00:57:26

Iain Softley's The Wings of the Dove

1/12/2015
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This stunning adaptation of the Henry James novel is 99.9 percent perfect, from the amazing costumes designed by Sandy Powell to Helena Bonham Carter's performance in the lead role. We gush about the costumes, analyze the characters, and nerd out on early 20th-century fashion designer Mariano Fortuny.

Duration:00:46:43

Michael Hoffman's Restoration

11/17/2014
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The adorable Robert Downey Jr. indulges in the sensuality of King Charles II's court but learns some Important Life Lessons, with the help of a surprisingly not annoying Meg Ryan. This flick has it all, from fabulous costumes to a great story, worth revisiting. Who knew?

Duration:00:48:10

Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula

10/22/2014
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Bram Stoker's Dracula is an over-the-top costume extravaganza. We discuss the background of the film and source novel, the Art Nouveau aspects of the design, the arch theatricality, and Keanu Reeves attempts to NOT be Ted "Theodore" Logan.

Duration:00:48:36

Michael Hirsts's The Tudors

11/25/2012
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Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as Henry VIII and a whole bunch of bad rental costumes ... and it only goes downhill from there! This time we record our discussion AS we watch episode 1 -- the horror!

Duration:01:01:31

Neil Jordan's The Borgias

3/1/2012
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Power and intrigue at the Vatican during the Italian Renaissance. Listen as we geek out on shoes and eyeglasses, discuss historical body ideals, and bemoan the shy guys.

Duration:00:51:23