Fashion is for the Real Characters, not Royals

Dressing the stars will always be paramount to costume designers. But in the background the real sense of time and place are captured by the hundreds of minor characters and extras who form the setting of every production. “My work is much more character than fashion,” said Madeline Fontaine on dressing Versailles – ironically a drama centered … Read more

How The Crown’s Jane Petrie Researches Period Fashion

As wardrobe mistress and later as a costume assistant Jane Petrie was involved with the eponymous Tudor queen of both Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Now she has taken over from Emmy-winning costumer Michele Clapton for Elizabeth II in The Crown’s second season. Nevertheless with such a background Petrie was well-experienced in recreating period-authentic … Read more