Sunday, 7 August 2011

Colin Firths Breeches.

Ah Ha! I thought that might get your attention. After my last dressing up/costumey post, I thought we'd stay on the same theme and all go on a jolly to the Barley Hall in York to visit this splendid exhibition of TV and film period costumes.

A word to the wise - if you go to the exhibition yourself, keep your entry ticket as this entitles you to revisit for free for the next 12months. Yipee!
I'll keep the words to a minimum this is definitely a visual post.
Cate Blanchett wore this one in Elizabeth in 1998.

Keira Knightleys gown from The Duchess



sleeve detail.

I found it very difficult to take photos one moment needing the flash and the next having to turn it off.

Back to those breeches. Who wouldn't recognise these costumes! Pride and Prejudice 1995.


The dress fabric here was used wrong side out as the print on the right side was too bright for the period.




Miss Bingleys hat worn by Anna Chancellor in Pride and Prejudice.


Sense and Sensibility. This is Emma Thompsons costume as Elinor Dashwood.







Gemma Jones hat as Mrs Dashwood.



This one has to be my favourite! The colour was beautiful.


Worn by Elizabeth Spriggs as Mrs Jennings in P&P.



This scrumptious hat is from the 1995 film Persuasion


Worn by Phoebe Nicholls as Elizabeth Elliot.


Cranford. Worn by Judi Dench as Miss Matty.



I'm sure you all recognise this one too. Larkrise to Candleford. Worn by Julia Sawalha as Dorcas Lane.


Now this one was new to me but absolutely stunning.



Elizabeth Taylor in Toscanini


The little white stripes around the trim on the over skirt are actually painted on!




Another one I'd not seen before. Nicole Kidmans gown from The Portrait of a Lady


A teeny tiny waist! I reckon I could get both hand around it.


Time for a bit more Colin Firth.

and Helena Bonham Carter, The Kings Speech.


Sequins galore, Claire Bloom as Queen Mary, The Kings Speech.


Detailing on the sleeve.

Downton Abbey. Worn by Maggie Smith as the Dowager.


The costumes we free standing so that you could look all around them, but it was soooo difficult not to touch!

I bet you won't get this one... Sweeney Todd. Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin.


Not to be out-done...

My mum and I...


Couldn't resist a little dress-up of our own!

I hope you enjoyed rather a loooooong post, we also visited the Quilt Museum but unfortunatley or maybe fortunately for you, lol, we weren't allowed to take any photos.


x


29 comments:

Judith said...

Looks like you had a golly good day there. Pleased that you enjoyed yourselves.

Tilly said...

oooo I didn't know it has this on or I would have gone last weekend when I was in York!! I have always loved that dress Dorcas Lane wore :)

Jude said...

Wow, that is an exhibition I'd love to see...I didn't mind it being a long post at all!! thank you
Take care
Jude

Twiglet said...

Gorgeous costumes - wouldn't you just love to be there helping to make them?!

Wipso said...

What amazing costumes. How lovely to wear such fab outfits.
A x

Claire said...

Wonderful costumes from TV series I thoroughly enjoyed..........
Beautiful detail and fabric, another era.
Nice to take a step back in time with you Fi.

Claire :}

lemonade kitty said...

I was only in York on Monday, how did I miss that??? Probrably beacause I only had 2 hours and the weather was hot and sunny!! Lucey x

Sandy said...

You caught my eye right away! I would have loved to have seen all these wonderful costumes in person. Thanks so much for sharing.

One time while visiting Williamsburg, VA I went to a session on vintage clothing and it was very interesting.

marta, a menina do blog said...

Inspiring!

I re-re-re-lost-my-count-reading Sense and Sensibility for a Jane Austen Reading Group!

(Any excuse is goog...)

Caroline Lovis said...

I stumbled upon this exhibition by accident when I spent a couple of days in York earlier on in the year. My son who had ploughed on ahead of us came back to say "OMG you are just going to love whats next door" He was so right. Weren't the costumes exquisite!!!

Miss Holly said...

Oh....this is divine!!! I want to just get in to sense and sensibility.....what heavenly clothes Thank you so much for the show..I think I may have to watch something now as it is raining and I am going to sew!!! Emma?? Maggie??

Mac n' Janet said...

Loved the exhibit!

Autumn Mist said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, I am drooling. Wouldn't mind getting within stroking distance of Colin's trousers. It just goes to show that the costumes must impact on us, as I recognise loads of them. Fab post!

Lynne said...

Looks a fabulous exhibition, and I loved your last post!

Roxanne said...

Oooing and aaahing here. What an awesome display! Glad you shared it.

**Anne** said...

How wonderful to see all those costumes on display, up close and personal. Thank you so much for sharing. Very enjoyable.
Anne xx

Poppy Black said...

Fascinating! I love vintage and antique clothing. One of my teacher assistants dreams of being swept away by Colin Firth- she says she only wears lipstick just in case he happens upon her. Not too likely in New Zealand!

Little Blue Mouse said...

What a lovely exhibition, fabulous costumes.

Judge Turpin looks to have got his knickers in a twist!

Pink Feather Paradise said...

I recognized many of those... can't beat a little bit of colin firth all breached up! lol

beautiful dresses and I can imagine it was very difficult not to touch...

xx

potterjotter said...

How timely ... have just been re-watching P&P so recognised all these. How fetching you look in your bonnet!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am afraid Fiona that after Colin Firth's breeches I was really unmable to take a lot of the other costumes in!!!

Sandi said...

I do think I would have been very happy to wear clothes like that, but with better heating in the homes!! Very elegant and you and your mum look a treat.
xx Sandi

Jennibellie said...

Thank you so much for this post. Just shown my mum who's announced we're going tomorrow (both huge Janites...and Larkrises, Cranfordites, Downton-Abbists, lol) Thanks for sharing, Jenny

Jenny at Red House said...

Hi Fab post! am having a week off soon so will head on down to the Barley Hall. Did you come in our shop Bespoke Country when you aere in York? jennyx

Cheryl said...

The whole way through your post I was wanting to check out the seam the fabric and turn bits over. How you resisted!!! Gorgeous costumes and I bet they must have been fun to wear. At first, atleast.

Planet Penny said...

What a lovely post! Fantastic exhibition, amazing costumes and unbelievably tiny waists!

Paint Pots and Petals said...

LOVE it. I want to go I wanna go I wannaaaa. Off to do bit of internet research now and find out how far away from us and how long exhibition on for. Fabulous. Must send sister link to you blog. xx

BumbleVee said...

some day....I'd love to take a hat making class....

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