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Impeccably tailored…

August 16, 2011

Another highlight from the Dressing the Stars exhibition in Bath! This cream tailored outfit, worn by Emma Thompson as Margaret Schlegel in the film Howard’s End, was one of my favourites. Although not the most attention-grabbing costume in the room, I probably stood in front of  it for the longest time.

This is when I don’t mind a bust dart (or three!). No, not when it’s done this decoratively. And with the darts boldly visible on the right side of the jacket! A feature that adds interest (and I suspect reduces bulk on the inside?) but also shapes the curved sweep of the front opening…

And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s the sleeve detail! Reminiscent of Renaissance style slashed doublet sleeves but done horizontally, rather than vertically?

Then the beautiful embroidered waistcoat underneath adds just a touch of colour- but not TOO much…

There’s the lovely symmetry of the covered buttons on either side of the front opening, and on the sleeve openings, oh, and on the button band on the back…

And the lovely drape of the jacket skirts, and the, er, skirt skirts that lengthen toward the centre back…

I’ve heard people say that when you get close to film costumes they can be a disappointment, because sometimes they’re not incredibly well made and don’t stand up to close scrutiny.

Well, this one looks impeccable. And the design is, quite simply, just gorgeous.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2011 4:54 pm

    That is so beautiful- thanks for sharing it!

  2. JoAnn permalink
    August 17, 2011 1:40 am

    The tailoring is breathtaking. But I could wish for just a tiny bit more of some subtle coloring…

  3. lindyhopper permalink
    August 23, 2011 2:16 pm

    Love the cream jacket, very elegant and with just the right amount of originality. The whole exhibition looks very exciting and inspiring.

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