I don't see this as off topic at all. Movies and TV can be inspiring for historic clothing, and we just need to weed out the accurate from the designer's creativity.
The shawls look like pashminas that are easy to find these days, and I suspect they are there to give some color and interest to an otherwise monotone, blobby garment. I haven't seen that done in any artwork of the era, but if anyone has, please do tell! -Carol > Yes, Iâm talking about Love and Friendship, which we saw over the > weekend. > > What caught my eye particularly in the costume area was how often the > ladiesâ great big Kinsale-type cloaks ALSO had some kind of little > shawl or scarf around the shoulders. Those little strips of sheer lacy > stuff (various) also appeared when the ladies were outside in nice > weather, but the point of them with the big cloaks was puzzling. > > As, at the movieâs UK website ( http://loveandfriendshipfilm.co.uk > <http://loveandfriendshipfilm.co.uk/> ) there are two pictures of âMrs. > Johnsonâ in a dark cloak with a reddish-patterned something around her > neckâ¦ but OVER the cloak and UNDER the hood. There is also an excellent > image of Frederica Vernon in her embroidered âshawlâ, with only the > blue velvet of the hood showingâ¦ > > I spent a good part of the day trying to document this > âwhatever-it-isâ, with no success. My best guess is that the small > shawls or scarves were used to snug the voluminous-but-drafty cloaks > closer to the body in cold weather. > > Anybody know anything more specific about this issue? The movie was sort > of wonderfully awful (Susan Vernon IS.THE.DEVIL!), we enjoyed mostly > everyone getting what they deserved, although I must agree with the > reviewer who opined that Chloe Savigny jangled every time her 21stC self > appeared in the Georgian period. > > Thanks much! > chimney _______________________________________________ h-costume mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://mail.indra.com/mailman/listinfo/h-costume