Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Downton Abbey, time machines and frilly knickers!

Is anyone else excited about the return of Downton Abbey this Sunday evening?

I for one, can't wait. Judging by the preview that ITV has been showing, it looks as though the new series is going to be even better than the first.

For those of you that haven't seen it, here is one of the trailers currently being shown.
My Sunday nights are looking good for the next few weeks!

The music on this trailer gives me goosebumps. It is a version of U2's With Or Without You sung by a Belgian girls choir, Scala. I have put a link here to the full version if you want to have a listen.

I am a real sucker for a period drama, having grown up watching such classics as Upstairs Downstairs, The Onedin Line and Poldark. Programmes like these are the nearest I will ever get to experiencing what life was like in the past unless science advances enough to create a time machine. Should that day ever arrive, I will be at the front of the queue to try it out although I sincerely hope it would be more like the De Lorean in Back to the Future or Dr Who's Tardis than this. 

It doesn't look very sturdy does it? 

Should I have the opportunity to go back in time to any period, I would have to choose either the Victorian or the Edwardian era. I am pretty sure I wouldn't have wanted to live in either of these times as life would have been far harder than it is today. 

But I just love the fashion and style of those times. Women's clothing was so much more elegant-beautiful gowns, hats and gloves were all part of a well dressed ladies wardrobe. 

How could you possibly resist these beauties?

There were different outfits for every occasion that you could possibly imagine and probably ones for those that you can't and these were advertised in the fashion magazines of the day (which incidentally I think are beautiful in their own right.)

Such stunning illustrations- much more appealing than the photography of today.

 But as with everything in life, I appreciate that there were down sides. Corsets were horrendously tight causing ladies to faint on a regular basis and I am sure that knee length frilly knickers and all-in-ones were a real faff to negotiate when visiting the ladies!
But despite their impracticality, they still look very sexy in their own way don't you think?
Not sure I would wear them myself though.

Anyway that's enough about underwear- this is a family blog!!

I will finish todays post with some pictures of Downton Abbey to keep us all going until Sunday at 9pm. 




Anonymous said...

Ooh, I love period dramas too, but I have to content myself with DVDs as we don't receive TV. Those dresses are absolutely gorgeous, aren't they? I love all the regency style gowns in BBC's Pride and Prejudice. So pretty. :)

Thank you for visiting my blog today and for your kind comments. I'm off to read more of yours now!

Love, Tina x

Tracey on 14 September 2011 at 15:29 said...

Thanks Tina for your visit and kind words.


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