This is the tag for "Period Drama Fashion week" over at For the Beauty of the Earth. Go check it out!
1. Tell us five random things about yourself.
I'm going to restrict these to period drama and fashion related, since I just did 11 random facts about me in my last post. ;)
~I think Pride and Prejudice (1995) is the best adaptation, and there will never be a chance of another adaptation topping it, unless that adaptation is even longer. Then it will have only a very small chance.
~I'm currently near the end of the (very long) process of sewing my own Regency gown. I only need to sew on buttons, hem it and attach the trim. I'm procrastinating because I hate hemming... (hey, maybe I should try to motivate myself to finish it for this fashion week!)
~I once curled my hair and did it up in a sort of Regency fashion. I would love to wear my hair like this every day if curling were easier...
|I know, my gown is not even close to Regency style... it was the best option I had.|
~Jane Austen is undoubtedly my favorite period author, I have read all six of her major novels at least twice each; for Pride and Prejudice my last count was nearing a dozen reads. Sense and Sensibility is my next favorite, with around nine reads, and Northanger Abbey has at least six. I just finished Emma today for my fourth time. Persuasion grew on me so that I read it for the third time last fall, but Mansfield Park is sadly my least favorite that has only been read twice, and I may never read it again...
~Even though my previous facts make it obvious that my favorite era is Regency, I do enjoy almost any period drama setting, even if only for the costumes. I was very mad about the end of Downton Abbey's third season, so I told myself I would watch it just for the costumes this season (and ended up enjoying most of the plots greatly, in spite of myself!)
I guess I like ball gowns! Couldn't find very good pictures, though...
|(2009) Emma's peach ball gown with cream underskirt.|
|(2008) Sense and Sensibility, Elinor's green striped gown, and her long-sleeve green gown are very similar, and I like both.|
|(1995) Pride and Prejudice, Lizzy's ivory ball gown.|
Simple and classy.
4. List (up to) five of your favorite period drama wardrobes.
I think I would take Elinor's from 2008 S&S, her style is simple, but elegant, and she wears colors that I like to wear. I also like most of Emma's gowns from the 2009.
5. What are some of your favorite fashion eras?
Obviously, my favorite is Regency, but I also very much like Victorian and Civil war fashion. Also, Downton Abbey has convinced me that I even like 1920's fashion.
6. What are five things that make you happy?
Bright, warm spring days, reading a good book, contra dancing, teaching piano lessons and the seaside.
7. Do you like to wear hats?
I would like to be the kind of person that wears hats... and I think some Regency style hats might suit me, but modern day hats tend not to look so great. I do wear some big, dramatic, floppy-brim sun-hats in the summer, though. Technically vintage style.
8. Do you have a favorite fictional character who has the same name as you?
Yes, Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. I actually started going by "Lizzie" after I read the book, but Austen spelled it "Lizzy" with a 'y.' I think 'ie' looks more balanced, but 'y' is more interesting... I'm still not sure if I made the right choice.
9. What is one of the ugliest dresses you've ever seen in a period drama?
Well, I don't tend to notice ugly dresses when they fit the character, or when the character isn't meant to be dressed nicely, so the ugliest dress I remember for a main character is one of Emma's dresses from the 2009. Most of her dresses are gorgeous, which is what makes this one stand out to me.
10. What is the most-worn color in your wardrobe?
Definitely green. Many shades of green.
11. What are your sentiments on the subject of tea?
I love tea! I drink tea every morning, I hardly ever drink coffee. Coffee doesn't sit well with me.
12. Do historical inaccuracies bother you?
Immensely. I often wish I could remain ignorant simply to preserve my enjoyment of period movies. They so frequently contain flaws, and if I know of the flaws, it distracts me from merely being absorbed by the story.
13. What are some of your favorite eras of men's fashions?
Hehehe, men's fashions from Regency all the way to the 1920's are pretty nice. I like cravats, tail-coats and top hats a lot.
14. Have you ever read any books on historical fashion?
No, see number 12 about remaining ignorant of movie flaws... I'd rather just read Pride and Prejudice again.
15. If you could pick just three fictional characters to have over for tea, who would you invite?
Oh, hard question... even if I restrict it to fictional characters from Jane Austen stories, that's very hard... I would personally love to meet Lizzy Bennet, Elinor Dashwood and Catherine Morland. But if I wanted a comedic gathering, combining Mrs. Bennet, Miss Bates and Lady Bertram would probably be funny. Hmm. I wonder why Jane Austen makes her 'B' ladies the more annoying characters... Also, if I were very man-crazy, I would like to have my three favorite Austen men for tea: Mr. Tilney, Edward Farris and Mr. Knightley. Yes, you read that correctly, Mr. Darcy doesn't make my top list! For me, I think Mr. Tilney is the nicest, although I greatly esteem all of Austen's heros.
|"Now I must give you one smirk, then we may be rational again." - Henry Tilney Northanger Abbey|