Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume College 2019 Exhibit

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One of the guest speakers at Costume College 2019 was Marion Boyce, the costume designer for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012-2015). Plus, she brought several costumes from the TV series to be displayed during the weekend. Since we know many of you around the world read this blog and don’t attend that small conference in Los Angeles, California, we took photos to share!

All of these costumes were worn by Essie Davis. The details and descriptions were posted at the display and provided by Marion Boyce. Click on the exhibit photos to see larger versions.

 

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 2, Episode 4, “Deadweight” (2013) – Harlequin Day Coat and Hat

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4

Close-up of the textiles in the show.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4

The coat moves beautifully on screen.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4

Elegant from all sides.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4

The hat uses pieces of the coat fabric.

Jacket: Silk chiffon with silk-velour diamonds. Hat: Felt with original Victorian twisted raw silk trim, Osprey feathers, silkworm thread and velvet bind.

“This outfit is worn at the St. Kilda esplanade and the fabric for this ‘let’s go out and have fun’ coat was sourced in Rome, Italy. It creates a brilliant combination against the sea and sand. Part of the fabric from the coat was used to make the flower-like design for the hat. The hat’s pièce de résistance is the crystal buttons that matched the harlequin pattern. The harlequin day coat suited the carnival atmosphere of the boxing tent and brings a little bit of Hollywood glamour to the episode.”

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4, Costume College 2019

Wonderful sweeping coat with full sleeves.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4, Costume College 2019
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4, Costume College 2019

Lovely drape.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4, Costume College 2019

This chiffon-chenille fabric is even more striking up close!

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4, Costume College 2019

Interesting that the trousers also have a rich texture.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S2EP4, Costume College 2019

Alas, this isn’t the hat created to go with the outfit, but it does appear to be a hat used in the series.

 

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 3, Episode 1, “Death Defying Feats” (2015) – Black and Gold Lace Dress

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Lightened screencap — the front clasp is just barely visible!

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP1

Also lightened to show the fabric pattern.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP1

This is as much as the gown is shown in the episode — even lightened, the lace hem is hardly seen.

Dress: Black net with burnished gold floral embroidered design and edging with burnished gold lace border. Black silk slip. 1920s clasp gold with floral pearl details. Wrap: Antique gold tulle with burnished gold lace border.

“For the final scene, when Phryne finally get to have dinner with Jack, we made the ‘Tarnished Net’ dress. I’ve had the antique buckles for a long time and used them to fasten the frock. It’s like a lilypad with pearls.”

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP1, Costume College 2019

The full gown, in natural light!

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP1, Costume College 2019

In a brighter setting, the vintage gold tulle is amazing.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP1, Costume College 2019

Here’s that ’20s brooch, a detail you’ll miss in the show!

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP1, Costume College 2019
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP1, Costume College 2019

This lace at the hem is jaw-droppingly beautiful and kind of wasted on TV.

 

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Series 3, Episode 6, “Death at the Grand” (2015) – Antique Olive Dinner Frock

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This promo shot includes a feather boa (which wasn’t used in the episode).

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP6

In the episode, Phryne has some kind of fabric shawl/wrap.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP6

Hard to see details, but their dance scene does emphasize the movement allowed by this gown’s bias cut and insets.

Dress: 1920s olive embossed silk bias, cut silk chiffon insets. Antique brass buckle with antique gold chain and beads tabard back and godet sides. Stole: Olive feather.

“Vintage fabric is interesting to work whit, you’ve got to have discipline because of their narrower width. So that’s when period cutting skills really come into play.”

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP6, Costume College 2019

The silk’s floral pattern gives the gown depth on-screen, but is more obvious in person.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP6, Costume College 2019

Love that bias cut and drape!

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, S3EP6, Costume College 2019

Can’t see this vintage belt in the episode, but it’s a wonderful accent at those swingy side insets.

 

 

What costumes do you love from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries?

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10 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    Merci mills beaucoup to both you and the incredibly talented and nice Marion Boyce. These are amazing. Times like this, are some of the reasons I miss attending CostumeCon, but I’ve an elderly mother to care for.

    One of the more amazing costumes of the show is the one Phryne wears at the end of the fashion show episode where she’s going up her stairs.

    Did Miss Boyce bring any others?

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  2. Kristine

    I love that they’re are there. And also that my own dress was displayed right next to hers!!!

    Marion Boyce was the nicest, most humble and gracious of women. Just so delightful to chat with.

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  3. Janice Gattis

    I am such a fan of the show, and of course those gorgeous costumes. Thank you so much for this article, and I wish the delightful Miss Fisher would return to our TV screens with more frocks and mysteries.

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  4. Roxana

    My mother and I pretty much watch Miss Fisher for the clothes. A second murder? Okay but look at that hat!

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