TBT: Out of Africa (1985)

Alrighty kids, I did it. I braved manchild extraordinaire Denys and managed to watch Out of Africa (1985). This classic movie stars Meryl Streep as Karen Blixen, a Danish woman who lives for several years in what was then British East Africa and is now Kenya. The movie spans 1913 through the early 1920s, and focuses on Karen’s growing love of “Africa” and her romantic relationship with Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford). Although it has some problems with a colonialist viewpoint, the movie is beautifully made and acted, and the costumes by Milena Canonero are TO. DIE. FOR — and no, not just the safari-wear that it is remembered for.

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Kendra

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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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