Thursday, July 12, 2012

Period Drama Fashion Week Tag

Miss Elizabeth Bennet is having a fun Period Drama Fashion Week over at Elegance of Fashion! Be sure to stop by and check it out! 

Here are my answers to her tag questions:

Which costume in all the period dramas you've seen is your favorite (list up to three)? There are so many beautiful costumes that I love, but if I have to pick only three favorites, they would have to be the following...

1. Emma Woodhouse's coral dress
I love this pic of Emma!

2. Esther Summerson's blue dress

3. Molly Gibson's blue jumper

Which period drama costume vexes you the most (list up to three)? Vexes me the most? Hmm... well, here's two...
1. Molly Gibson's white party dress
Those huge sleeves and fancy hairstyle do NOT say
Molly Gibson to me.
2. Anne Shirley's blue dress with puffed sleeves
I'm beginning to think I have something against puffed sleeves,
but the draping collar and lace at her throat drive me batty, too.

Which period drama hat or bonnet do you like the best? My favorite? :) Miss Pole's bonnet in Cranford. It doesn't do much to elongate her face, but the feather definitely gives her the extra height and attention her personality demands! 

Miss Pole and Mrs. Forrester

What costume would you wear today if we could wear period drama fashions in this day and age? Probably one of Amy Dorrit's outfits. I love her simple, yet elegant look. 

I love this dress, even though it's supposed
to be her poor, shabby dress. The simple,
clean style is lovely! :)
Another view of the same dress from the back.

Another of Amy's excellent outfits. Love the simple, purple
trimming. Just ignore the two fops in the background.

Do you notice historical inaccuracies in the period dramas you watch or do you just ignore them for the most part? I'm not huge on fashion. I love analyzing people's outfits for matching colors and style (a.k.a. how did they make that?), but historical inaccuracies I don't really mind nor pay attention to. :)

Pick a period drama character. If you were designing their costumes for a new adaptation (or a new episode), how would you go about designing their costumes? I honestly don't know. I've never given much thought to designing period drama clothes. Mostly I would just make all the necklines higher. I detest the low cut gowns, especially those in P&P 1995. So, yeah, one character? Jane Bennet. Sweet, sweet girl with a horrid modesty sense.

I don't prefer her "V" necked gowns.

What's your favorite fashion era? Why? Regency or post regency. Anything from Austen or Dickens. :)

Which period drama has the best costuming? The not-so-great costuming? The best? Emma 2009! I love Emma's dresses in that one! 

Emma's ball gown is gorgeous!

Love this yellow dress!

And not so great... I'd have to say P&P 2005. The costuming in that film did not impress me at all. It had more of the "sloppy" feel to it more than an Austen feel. 

Not a fan of the messy hair. 

The brown... uh, what can I say? Looks shabby. Too
shabby for Elizabeth Bennet.

Hope you enjoyed this!


  1. Yes, I agree with you about the Anne Shirley puffed sleeves. Yuck!
    I have never seen the 2005 P&P, but the costumes in it must be really bad, since you are somewhere around the fourth person to not like them!
    Very good post, my friend.

  2. By the way, I would like to inform you that I have just posted the fourth and last post of my series "Characters I Love." I have also tagged you so that you can continue the series. You will find the rules here:

  3. Great answers!

    I loved Miss Pole's bonnet in Cranford. There's just something about it that fits her so perfectly!

    I love Amy's purple work dress! In Little Dorrit, I found that I liked the Dorrit's "poor" clothes better than their "rich" clothes, but that could be because I liked the Regency look of their poor clothes.

    I haven't seen all of Pride and Prejudice (2005) yet, but I wasn't impressed with it at all. I didn't like the costuming at all. The Bennets weren't as rich as Mr. Bingley or Mr. Darcy, but they weren't THAT poor!