Friday, May 10, 2013

Everything Old is New Again Period Dramas

There is nothing more that I love than curling up on the couch on a rainy Sunday afternoon to watch one of my favorite period dramas. There are countless TV shows these days that are set in the past.  Beyond just enjoying these shows, there is so much we can learn from them. While watching these shows I pay close attention to the details.  It often helps to get a feel for the style of a particular era and may help date a vintage item you own. 

What can we learn from these shows?

Costuming:  Costuming is often highly detailed in these shows and well researched.  Some are vintage pieces and some reproductions.  Pay attention to jewelry, hats, gloves and other accessories. What colors are popular?  What do they wear for parties/special times versus casual times around the home?

Home Decor/Design: What is the style of furniture? Draperies? Linens?  What features does the home have that you would not find in a modern day home? What tools do you see in the kitchen?
Wealthy/Poor: Pay attention to what distinguishes the wealthy from the poor.  Do they dress differently? What items do they carry on their person?

Previously Aired TV Shows: Road to Avonlea, Wind at My Back, Bramwell, Emily of New Moon, Larkrise to Candleford, Pan Am, etc.

Current Shows:  Downton Abbey, Mad Men, American Horror Story, Bomb Girls, Ripper Street, Call the Midwife, etc.

1 comment:

  1. I love the detail that goes into period dramas---in the movies, too! I recently saw "42" (the Jackie Robinson story), and the clothes, sets, everything---to die for!