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World of Costume

Period Dramas: Performing Arts

Did you know that there are a number of ballet, opera, and musicals in period films? Ballet Ballet Shoes (2007) – 1920’s Margot (2009) – 1960’s The Red Shoes (1948) – 1940’s Opera La Boheme (2008) – Victorian Io, Don Giovanni (2010) – Rococo Der Freischütz (2010) – Regency Musicals Annie (1999) – 1930’s Chicago (2002) – 1920’s Hallmark’s A Christmas Carol: The Musical (2004) …

London, World of Costume

Period Drama Location: Syon Park

Period drama and royal fans should add Syon Park to their list of places to visit in the Greater London Area. Syon Park encompasses Syon House, the grand London residence of the Duke of Northumberland; the early 19th Century Great Conservatory; and the Gardens (and 100-acre Parkland). Syon, a variation of Zion (which refers to the Holy City of David …

World of Costume

Dealing with Downton Withdrawal

Sunday evenings haven’t been the same without Downton Abbey in the UK, and, as of yesterday, Canada and the US. So, what else is there that’s similar to Downton Abbey? Gran Hotel (TV series 2011-2013) – This is Spain’s Downton and I prefer GH to DA. Sorry. There’s romance, crime, beautiful costumes and music, gorgeous actors, and comedy! (Yes, not …

World of Costume

Dickensian: Miss Havisham’s Wedding Dress

Those of us who’ve been following BBC’s 20-part Dickensian since Boxing Day last year were in tears on Sunday, 21 February. The series finale was brilliant and left viewers craving for more. Should Dickensian be renewed – a formal decision will be made at some point this month – we know we’ll be seeing Jacob Marley’s ghost, …

Travel, World of Costume

St Petersburg: The Hermitage / Winter Palace

My favourite place that we visited in St Petersburg in 2014 was the Hermitage Museum / Winter Palace. Less than a decade before visiting, my family and I watched Russian Ark (2002), a 96-minute historical drama by Alexander Sokurov, filmed in one shot through the Winter Palace. Anyone with an interest in history, particularly royal history, should …

Travel, World of Costume

St Petersburg: Peterhof Palace

Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets: Peter’s Palace; Peterhof means Peter’s Court) at Petergof, St Petersburg, is known as Russia’s Versailles. Its namesake, Peter the Great, had designed a summer palace for himself. The original palace, Monplaisir, was completed in 1723. After his visit to the Palace of Versailles in 1717, Peterhof was great expanded and continued to be …

London, World of Costume

BBC’s Dickensian Exhibit at the Charles Dickens Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum is currently hosting an exhibit in collaboration with Red Planet on Dickensian: Behind-the-Scenes of the BBC drama series until 17 April 2016. As a fan of the period drama, I had to see the exhibit, which features costumes, props, and models from the TV series. The exhibit is included in the …