Tipping the Velvet (2002) short review


I LOVE this BBC miniseries because: A) it’s an adaptation of a fabulous book by Sarah Waters, B) it’s got Keeley Hawes, C) the costumes are outstanding, D) it’s funny, romantic, sad, and sexy all at the same time. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say it’s set in the 1890s (although costumed in the 1880s) and tells the tale of Nan Astley’s (Rachael Stirling) adventures in vaudeville and love.


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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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