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Monday, January 18, 2016
After Downton Abbey I Foolishly Expected More From PBS & Mercy Street!
the British should be allowed to make costume dramas. The attention to
authenticity to the tiniest detail has been a hallmark of Downton Abbey and numerous
other British imports since PBS first broadcast the 1970 series The Six Wives
of Henry VIII.Advisors to Downton Abbey
monitor the placement of a fork on the dining table. The costumers for Mercy
Street could not even manage to place a correct collar on a woman’s dress.
The bodice and skirt should be of the same material & the collar is WRONG!
costumer, Amy Harrell, has convinced herself. PBS, and the uninformed that the
costumes are period correct because she located a bolt of 1870’s fabric on eBay
and used a couple of CDV’s for inspiration. That is not research. And 1870’s
fabric would not have been used in 1862!
Sausage curls/awful dress/ Ugh!
were also articles stating that Hollywood costume departments were devoid of
hoops for the period dresses because of other costume dramas filming
concurrently. Hmmm. No thought of contacting a cage maker for living historians
to have a few specially made to correct proportions? No thought of spending a
couple of extra dollars to have well fitted corsets made for the lead
characters? No thought of looking at all of the free excellent museum
collections of original garments that could provide guidance for color, cut,
fabric, design and fit for a specific year? Furthermore, cage crinolines were
not reserved for the wealthy. Women from all walks of life dressed in the
fashion of the day, which required a cage.
me, I couldn’t get beyond the horrendous collars worn by the ladies in the
first episode.Even if this were the best-scripted
show on television, I would have been too distracted by the costuming to
concentrate.PBS in particular has a
responsibility to the viewing audience to get it right. I’ve already read
comments on social media that Civil War re-enactors that do not conduct
research but rely on the scholarship of others are getting ideas for new
garments based upon what has been depicted on Mercy Street. PBS, in failing to
get it right and not caring about authenticity on one of its highly publicized
shows does a disservice to history. It is not as if research would have been
trying. Just surfing Pinterest would have afforded enough access to original
photographs of 1862 to costume the entire series appropriately.
Why not copy the dress n the photo?
disappointed. Fortunately, there are seven more episodes of painstakingly
researched Downton Abbey left to elevate my spirits and my faith that some
still strive for excellence in broadcasting.