The Hats (and Wigs) of Poldark

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  1. jharper2 says:

    The Hat posts are comprehensive and amusing. The eye for costume and detail is amazing.
    But
    I couldn’t get into the Poldark reboot for a couple of reasons.
    1. The Ross wasn’t dangerous seeming enough. He needed to be more Oliver Reed and less Michael Cera.
    2. The costumes didn’t look lived in enough, not distressed or worn or dirty in an age of difficult laundry.

    Oh Trivial Fact: The upper classes didn’t buy wigs for their servants. When dressed in full livery (more formal I think than Downton’s family dinners, the Footmen had to wet their hair thoroughly, flour their heads, and then set it like a wig. Once it hardened, they were good for a week or a month. Terribly uncomfortable though. I get why Fellowes didn’t go that far with his actors. Went out after the War except in the very Highest of Houses.

  2. Laurel Ann says:

    It appears that if one wears a wig, it is a red flag to a particular personality. Same can be said of those who wear tricorns. Hmmm? Was the costume designer sending us secret messages?

  3. ellenandjim says:

    The actor playing Blamey is very appealing and all was done that could be done to make him attractive and inherently non-violent (except when driven). It’s true that in this era and earlier men dressed up as much as woman, peacocks yes, but it was in the 1780s (maybe earlier) a more sober somber style came in. You can see a version of this with the changeover from rococo images to David’s history paintings. Simplicity plainness. These are good and some of the shots effective (of George Warleggan) but the men just don’t have much variety. I was surprised to see Uncle Cary in a turban — that’s sort of associated with the philosophes (and poets too): images of Pope in a turban, Diderot abound. Many more men were wearing their own hair with ribbons at the back too. A move away from hierarchy. And wigs cost!

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