TBT: Daniel Deronda – Episode 2

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I have wanted to do a deep-dive review of Daniel Deronda (2002) because it’s an interesting story that’s well acted and has AMAZE-BALLS early 1870s costumes. But there are so many of those amaze-balls costumes that I’ve been daunted! I finally decided to get off my butt and do this, but the only way I’m going to be able to do it is to split things up into each of the four episodes, because there are Just That Many Costumes and they are almost all That Fabulous.

I refer you to my post on episode 1 for my review of the series and the small bit of info I was about to find about the costumes designs. Sadly episode 2 doesn’t have a TON of costumes — there’s a lot of Daniel (cute/hot, but it’s suit after suit) and then Mirah (Jodhi May) in multiple middle-class boringness. Here’s what was worth screencapping!

2002 Daniel Deronda

Depression as expressed in a dress.

2002 Daniel Deronda

Mirah is taken in by a middle-class family, and she wears a lot of this sort of thing, which is REALLY hard to screencap and not that exciting. I do like Celia Imrie’s V-necked blouse and both of their buckled belts.

2002 Daniel Deronda

I’ve always loved this shot, where Gwendolen’s mother is taking her daughter’s hair down and you can see the false hairpiece. Nobody has that much hair!

2002 Daniel Deronda

More middle-class, late 1860s (i.e., slightly out of fashion) acceptable-ness on Mirah and the family-that-took-her-in’s daughter.

2002 Daniel Deronda

I do like that they give Mirah big, early 1870s hair.

2002 Daniel Deronda

Henleigh’s spurned mistress (Greta Scacchi). This is another great use of a blouse — note the collar and cuffs are the same fabric as the skirt, and then the flowers on the blouse fabric tie it all together. LOVE the pleats at the top of the sleeve!

2002 Daniel Deronda

Also what a lovely comb!

2002 Daniel Deronda

Trying on jewels, can’t see much.

2002 Daniel Deronda

Wedding! Gorgeous hair on Gwendolen, and I love all the rucheing (ruching?). Unfortunately you don’t see much of this on screen.

2002 Daniel Deronda

Luckily this dress was on exhibit, so you can see a bit more here.

2002 Daniel Deronda

The only other shot of the dress in the series. Note mom’s cream dress…

2002 Daniel Deronda

I really love the long-coat look of it, and then the ivory lace on cream background — subtle color contrasting is pretty.

2002 Daniel Deronda

Gwendolen’s wedding undies. Yay for proper chemise!

2002 Daniel Deronda

A coat for traveling — I love this look.

2002 Daniel Deronda

What’s underneath — purple taffeta with a lot of rucheing over the bustle.

2002 Daniel Deronda

Taffeta just likes to wrinkle like that, doesn’t it? I still want to do some smoothing below the waist. But, THAT HAT!

2002 Daniel Deronda

Receiving a sad letter and some jewels. More subtle color contrast.

2002 Daniel Deronda

A slightly overall promo pic showing the green evening dress.

 

Let’s hope there’s more shiny in episode 3!

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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.

5 Responses

  1. Katie

    Gwendolyn isn’t a whore, but I think this should count as passing the Lorraine Test (eg is the whore wearing proper underthings beneath her corset)

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  2. Susan Pola Staples

    Thanks for the second episode. I love the show. Mr O’Neill does an excellent job of showing the class distinctions between the middle class and landed gentry, but also between the gentry and the aristocracy.

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