16th century, costume in cinema

16th Century Musings

Sarah can be blamed for my latest CADD (Costume Attention Deficit Disorder) foray (mental only, so far!) into 16th century costume. I’ve been obsessed the last week with what-to-do-with-the-4.25-yards-of-orange-silk-damask-lurking-in-my-closet question. A few interesting things I’ve come across include an exhibit of Holbein’s drawings at the Tate Britain (click on Room Guide for lots of images), and a bazillion high res versions of 16th century maps that show costume figures (don’t forget your grain of salt, of course). We’ve been discussing on LJ exactly what is going on on the skirt CF of the lady on the right (warning: high res!). Theories welcome!

And while I’m at it, if you haven’t yet seen the first still from The Other Boleyn Girl (designed by Sandy Powell) that has been wildly overanalyzed on LJ, you really should!

In other movie news, I’ve seen the new BBC Wide Sargasso Sea and the 2003 TV version of The Other Boleyn Girl – reviews coming soon.

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  • Reply Julia December 15, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    The Holbein exhibit was astounding. The chance to see the Thomas More family group and see the lacing/unlacing on the gowns… Fantastic. The catalogue doesn’t do the show justice, as most reproductions don’t…

  • Reply Anonymous December 16, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    I’d love to see that exhibit. I love the Tate. I love London. It’s been too long.

    As for the movie still – ahem – I didn’t realize the Tudor court went in for coordinating sister outfits. Does the mother have a matching one in green? And that fabric, while lovely, reads modern, or even art deco, to my eye. It’s . . . interesting.

  • Reply Anonymous December 17, 2006 at 6:26 am

    I figured it out! Are those costumes for a masque? That would it explain why they were similar, and fanciful!

  • Reply Bunny December 18, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    You are the one on the left, right? Gosh, how’d you keep up making so many movies AND sew?! *wink*

  • Reply mala_14 December 19, 2006 at 12:15 am

    Speaking of the Other Boleyn Girl, Michaela de Bruce posted an interesting thing on her livejournal pinkdiamond, about the circle fabric actually being period. I thought it was pretty interesting.

  • Reply Kendra December 19, 2006 at 3:30 am

    Mala, I did see Michaela’s post — the fabric was very modern looking, although not as modern as this stuff!

    It’ll be interesting to see as more images come out.

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