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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.