Sunday, September 23, 2012

1890's Fashion on Doctor Who

So, if you follow me on Pinterest, you've probably noticed by now that I'm a massive fan of the British sci-fi show Doctor Who. I love a lot of things about the show, but one thing that really bothers me is that the Doctor and his companions seldom dress to suit the time period they're visiting. This often results in a merry jaunt through Shakespeare's London or the Old West wearing jeans, t-shirts, tweed, and bow ties. And while it does bum me out a little bit as an historical fashion devotee, as a fan of the show I've gotten used to it.

But then last night, during the newest episode of Series 7, "The Power of Three," the BBC gave me a little gift. Without spoiling too much, there's a (very brief) scene in which the Doctor takes Amy and Rory to the Savoy Hotel in 1890 for their wedding anniversary. And they step out of the TARDIS in period dress.

(All images from the Official Doctor Who Tumblr)

Amy's gown is a textbook example of evening wear in the late 1880's-early 1890's, with a pointed waistline, thin, strap-like sleeves, a low neckline, and a narrow skirt with slight bustling in the back. Even her hairstyle is accurate, with frizzled bangs and a high, curly bun.

My reaction was something like this.

It doesn't happen often, but I really do love it when period costumes make an appearance on Doctor Who. I've seen some evidence that we may have more late Victorian garb on the show in the near future. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. That is so cool! I wish they'd do that more. It'd be fun.



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