costume drama


Sonia’s Funky Stripes

2016 is playing with our feelings AGAIN: French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel died yesterday :( So I thought about her signature look: bold funky stripes (mainly for her designs since she always wore black).

So let’s remember her style with these pretty 18th century stripes, and you know for Sonia, the funkier the better.

Images from top:

  1. Sonia Rykiel.
  2. Robe à l’anglaise, ca. 1790.
  3. Black and white striped dress by Fanny Wilk (from blog Temps D’élégance)
  4. Striped Banyan, 1760s.
  5. Dress from the movie “Rosa e Cornelia”, Giorgio Treves, 2000.
  6. Man’s Coat France, ca. 1785, altered circa 1795, LACMA.
  7. Silk sack back gowns from the Kyoto Costume Institute.
  8. Costumers Silje Marie and Karl Friedrich Molberg in 1780s fashion.
  9. Striped coat by Dragos Moldoveanu from Chenilles et Papillons.

Just watched this gorgeous trailer for an interesting new film called Belle that promises both 18th century period eye candy, and wrestling with racial prejudices in society. The cast looks very solid as well. Do take a look!

Here’s the summary from the link:
The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Captain in the Royal Navy finds her unique social standing become instrumental in the campaign to end slavery in England after meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son.


In this moment of unity
feeling an ecstacy
to be here, to be now
At last I am free
At last, at last 
to be free of the past
and the future that beckons me

Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992)

Even after four years writing The Cinema of Sally Potter and working on the Orlando archives, I still never, ever get tired of this film or feel less than ravished by it.