We’re recapping the 2008 miniseries John Adams each week because the 18th-century costumes and American history are just that good! Catch up with previous episodes here.
Oh, God, how I hate the shaky-cam. HATE IT. It’s the one thing about this show that almost made me want to rage quit it in the opening 10 minutes when I tried watching it the first time around, and even though I powered through it and eventually came to enjoy the show, IT IS SO BLOODY ANNOYING. I AM TRYING TO FOCUS ON THE COSTUMES, PEOPLE. I CAN’T DO THAT WHEN THE CAMERA IS JOSTLING AROUND CONSTANTLY.
This is what 90% of my screen caps end up looking like because of that infernal hand-held camera bullshit. *shakes tiny fist at sky*
Here are the costumes from Episode 2 of John Adams.
John Dickinson in a smart black satin jacket and cream and gold silk weskit.
He’s switched out the light-colored weskit for a matching black satin one, which I kind of like as a look.
Nabby wears a short cross-front jacket in a floral cotton while she works in the garden.
Once you notice the Dutch angles in this show you can’t unsee them. I think it’s interesting that Abigail is wearing a pair of jumps (a quilted/lightly padded vest) over her regular house gown. It’s a nice at-home look.
Benjamin Franklin arrives to tell everyone what’s what, while wearing a smart gray wool suit.
Our boy Adams and his crew watch Franklin’s entrance with amusement.
Less thrilled: Mr. Rutledge and his supporters.
I like Rutledge’s mauve silk suit. It’s suitably poncy for someone from South Carolina.
Speaking of fop, here’s my crush, Thomas Jefferson rocking the lilac.
George Washington is … well, Washington.
Also, someone went to great lengths to explain the historical inaccuracies of Washington’s blue and buff uniform, so I don’t have to.
Abigail grabs the kids to go investigate the sound of gunfire in the early morning distance. She’s wearing a short jacket and skirt, and owing to the fact she just threw it on to go running out the door, I’ll forgive her for having her hair down.
Abigail, again being the badass at home while her husband is off founding a country.
Founding fathers pimp stroll.
Abigail wearing a very lavender ensemble while meeting with General Washington.
Abigail Is a Badass #342: Inoculation against small pox. I did not include the close-up scenes of the pus. You’re welcome. Also, notice her hand-stitched stays.
Ok, kids! Who’s next?
A smartly dressed family of extras watching the Declaration of Independence speech. Yes, I’m aware they’re probably reenactors.
The whole family has recovered from the “minor” case of pox that happened as a result of the inoculation, which means it was a success. Mad props to our ancestors who weathered the whole miserable process of inoculation before vaccine technology advanced to where it is today. (P.S. Any anti-vaxxer bullshit in the comments will be deleted.)
Charles Thomson, the Congressional Secretary reads the Declaration of Independence while Franklin and Adams look grumpy. I like Thomson’s whole look.
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