PBS Mr. Selfridge is set to make its second season debut next year. The series is currently filming in the UK, and will pick up in 1914, which will mark the store’s fifth anniversary. But just like Downton Abbey, the time frame means that the characters (and the business) are all about to be greatly affected by the impending world war. Aside from the great characters and story, costume designer James Keast, is excellent at defining for audiences, characters social class and aspirations through wardrobe. One of the most fun and interesting character transformations to watch is character Agnes Towler portrayed by Aisling Loftus. Keast demonstrates the characters cleverness and creativity with colorful accessories as she climbs the corporate ladder.
James Keast discusses with Fashion Magazine how he went about costuming a large cast.
“I broke each script into characters and worked out how many costumes each needed, the script tells you if a character needs an evening dress, or stage outfit or whatever. I go through each character in order and work out how long I need the costume and how often it would be used, I then decide if I need to make it or look for it in a costume house to hire, I also look in vintage shops and on-line, if it is cheaper to buy an original garment rather than hire or make one, I will.”
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What’s in store (no-pun intended) for Mr. Selfridge cast wardrobe for season 2? The show will pick up in 1914, which will mark the store’s fifth anniversary. Plus we have the impending war. Shortly before the outbreak of World War I, fashion had taken on a whole new look based on Orientalism with its soft drapery, and bold prints. The lines of Russian peasant costume appeared in hip length tunics, a style that lasted throughout the war years. During the war, as men went off to fight, women took on jobs formerly filled by men. Many of the occupations demanded the wearing of uniforms, including trousers. A military look crept into fashion designs as well with military style tunic jackets, belts, and epaulets. I can’t wait to see what Keast does with all the characters wardrobe in season 2.
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