Saturday, 16 June 2012

Fashinspiration from Pride & Prejudice

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The house was still quite when I woke up this morning. I turned on the TV and Astro was showing Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightley’s), based on Jane Austen’s (1813) novel of similar title.  I watched it before but I don’t mind watching it again.  After all, it is not that often that I got to watch something other than SpongeBob, if you know what I mean.

I was most fascinated with the pretty gowns. There was one ballroom scene where the girls were all wearing white gowns.  The fashion differences were very subtle with the use of different tones, textures and materials of whites.  I noticed that pastel colours were also used for little highlights as belts, ribbons, etc.

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The detective in me pushed me to google further. The costumes were designed based on the fashion in 19th century England, where the story was set.  Apparently, the ‘empire waist’ of the gowns were pushed down lower as the movie director felt that the original fashion was unflattering.  The gowns may appear simple, but they were actually quite complicated involving different layers, wraps, necklines, regency era skirt, etc etc… too much sewing jargons for me to understand.

This is another of my favourite (glad that I found the image on the net). I love the stripes and the long sleeves. I suddenly remembered that I have a similar fabric stashed in my sewing room. Well, looks like I just got another inspiration for the next dress for my daughter! She can wear this for her mengaji class or as a night gown. My worry with working with stripy fabric is lining up the stripes. The cutting has to be spot on.   

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I love this too. Heart heart the colour!

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Maybe I should sew one for myself too. But the problem is that I think this kind of gown is suited for slim,  tummy-less people. I'm sure people will start asking me 'when are you due?' if I wear one. So unfair!

I leave you with this romantic clip from the movie between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. 

"You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on".  (Mr. Darcy)

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