Wednesday, 28 February 2018

A stitch in time - a must see BBC documntary series

This week I stumbled upon the BBC documentary series "A Stitch in time", and I must say that it's a must see for anyone interested in historica costume. It's not just row after row of pretty dresses, it actually shows the process of recreating historical costumes. The series is hosted by fashion historian Amber Butchart and also follows historical seamstress Ninya Mikhaila when she recreates the pieces. Maybe that's not a name you are familiar with, but it's one of the authours behind the Tudor Tailor, and she is one of the best in the world when it comes to recreating clothes from the past.

What I really love about this series is that we get to follow Ninya Mikhaila in her studio, with her assitants, when they are both figuring out how the garments are constructed, when they try different techniques in order to get the wished for result, an of course when they are working on it. 

The series seems to be in six episodes and they recreate:

Charles II's suit (17th century)
Arnolfini's green gow (15th century)
A hedge cutter (18th century)
Dido's dress (18th century)
The black prince's coat (14th century)
Marie Antoinette's chemise à la reine (18th century)

All episodes can be found on youtube.

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