|Holliday Granger as Marie in "Tulip Fever."|
This past weekend, we went to see "Tulip Fever," a film set in 1630s Amsterdam. Though the movie suffers from mixed reviews, for historical costumers it's a feast for the eyes. Beautiful, very accurately made and worn garments, beautiful sets and lighting, excellent acting...it's one to add to your list of good-to-sew-by costume flicks.
While I too felt mixed about the plot (being business-minded I did wish there was more focus on the wacky tulip trade and not so much on the wacky love triangles), I couldn't help but be seduced by the clothing. Costume designer Michael O'Connor is famed for such fabled films as "The Duchess" and "Jane Eyre," and has produced in "Tulip Fever" another insanely rich and detailed depiction of early 17th century Dutch clothing.
|A very 1630s gown with the "new" broad, soft silhouette, appropriate for the scene - a portrait being painted, so the height of fashion.|
|Anonymous - Portrait of Mertijntje van Ceters, 1623|
|Portrait of Catharina van Voorst Paulus Moreelse - 1628|
|Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans As A Young Girl - this date I believe is a little earlier|
|Cornelis de Vos Elisabeth (or Cornelia) Vekemans as a Young Girl, c. 1625|
|Angela from Walking Through History with Jasper and Angela|
It feels good to be stepping into a new period of dress history. I've been laser-focused on the 18th century for years now, and I do love love love it beyond everything, but it's good to step out of one's comfort zone at time too. I'm nervous....I don't automatically know all the stitches or what order to do things in or the proper this-and-that, but that's all part of the fun, right? Wish me luck. <3