The first to arrive was "Cracks" (2009) and I watched it alone on Saturday (while cutting out patterns) and then again with my daughter on Sunday (while knitting!). It is set in 1934 in an isolated boarding school for girls.
Did you know that clothes can be utterly beautiful? You did? Why did nobody tell me?!?!
I have a terrible tendency towards utilitarian dress. My recent post on "dressing like a teacher" seems laughable now, as the most glorious fashions in this film are worn by "Miss G.", a charismatic "Miss Jean Brodie" type. I spotted a Singer sewing machine in her room - so the suggestion is that she makes her own clothes. I wish I knew where she bought her fabric!
This is probably her most "practical" look.
I could wear that!
And the make-up is pretty inspirational too!
If I were to pick out my favourite looks, they would have to include: a pair of sublime cream wide-legged, high-waisted trousers which made Miss G.'s legs go on forever; the bias cut silk nightgowns; a pieced-stripe velvet jacket with wide lapels in berry hues; the use of printed silk scarves as headbands / belts. I can't seem to find images of these to show you, though. Typical.
The pupils' "mufti" outfits are equally absorbing: from the youngest girls in their fair-isle-yoked sweaters and smocked ginghams, to the older ones who ached to copy their idol, Miss G., and layered up short-sleeved cardis over blouses and baggy shorts - fab!
And let's not forget the exquisite Fiamma with her flame-coloured silk velvet coat and matching beret - wow!
And an interview with the designer here.
Oh - and it is actually a ripping yarn too. My daughter and I have a new catchphrase, to be uttered in a cut-glass English accent while thrusting a school- or shopping-bag into the other's hand: "Food, money and a map ... and don't come back!" Maybe you have to watch the film!
Now... 1930's patterns...