Pride and Prejudice (1813)

So, Monday 28th January (technically yesterday, but today according to my body clock) marks two hundred years since Jane Austen first published Pride and Prejudice, I have to say its probably my favorite book, closely battling it out with Northanger Abbey, it always gives me that warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

So i thought i would honor it and the great lady with a series of posts throughout this year and a rereading of the book (though after i have read my set books for uni, i REALLY should read those!!). I am going to try and have a methodical and consistent strategy and creative at the same time, because apparently people do that with there blogs! (I read somewhere). I’m really excited about this because i do love Jane Austen ….. YES now i have an excuse to watch all those adaptions added to you-tube of ALL Austen work WOOHOO.


Costume Designers Guild Award Nominations 2013

The nominations for this years costume designers are out and there are some really good ones, but i haven’t had a chance to see some of the films here in England as they have only just come out. Here there are.

I have also found out that Anna Karenina is out on DVD on the 4th February here, must buy this as i did really enjoy it.


And also the 2012 adaption of Great Expectations, which i missed is out at the end of march.


Wish i could go see this, never been Ham house either!!

Damn, That's Some Fine Tailoring

I know I’ve written A LOT about costume design recently but twitter has just announced to me that a number of (Oscar-nominated) costumes from Anna Karenina (2012) are going to be on display at Ham House and Gardens. This is a National Trust house in Richmond and was used for filming some scenes in Anna Karenina. I didn’t love the costumes in the film as much as I was hoping, particularly as I love Jacqueline Durran’s work, but I think more of my film-related issues were to do with the film itself.

Back in 2009, Chiswick House put the (Oscar-winning) costumes for The Duchess (2008) on display. The National Trust has a wonderful appreciation of the costumes and displaying them in the most appropriate way. Displaying costumes associated with the Oscars obviously brings press and more public visitors to the houses. Why not? You can still appreciate the houses and…

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Catherine of Aragon at Lambeth Palace

Spotted this painting in the news recently, apparently the smart people of Lambeth palace believed it was Catherine Parr, Henry’s 6th wife, even though she wasn’t born untill 1512 and it clearly shows eariler fashions. And according to some savvy reader on the internet you can see Catherine of Aragons pomegranate emblem on her dress. Anyway, the painting is a very nice one, alongside one of Henry.

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New Year, New Dresses

so… i had a reallllllllllly long break, i was feeling really overwhelmed with studying and this, and i have started the Duke of Edinburgh award so that should be cool, but i am back on it now. before Xmas i finished my Regency long sleeve dress, Lydia and the undergarments to go with it as well.

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I made pockets, but then changed my mind 😀

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I’m not 100 % happy with how the sleeves turned out but otherwise i quite happy with it, might even dare to take it with me to the Jane Austen Festival this September.