Wednesday, July 28, 2010
In the meantime, there is a good bit of material about the Dolley Madison film that PBS made, online.
Right now I cannot get the film itself to play, but some of the behind the scenes items work. For example:
Photo: screen capture from the costume designer's video, showing star Eva Best trying on the plum round gown.
The costume designer video puts the fashions of Dolley's lifetime into costume context, and how they traveled from late 1780s to the the end of the Regency era we know so well. It's well done. She also offers some detail into how the fit of gowns changed over the years. Important! For example, in the screen capture above, you see the very tight arms, the residual conical shape of the stays beneath the dress, but the boufy front created by both the bodice gathering and the fichu.
Do enjoy. I cannot wait to have a look at the film!