Sunday, 20 November 2016

Mr Selfridge & Dad's Army Costume Exhibition

A new exhibition has been running of costumes from the television series Mr Selfridge, and the film Dad's Army, at Llanelly House here in South Wales.  I posted a while ago about the wonderful Downton Abbey costume exhibition I went to at the same venue, so I was keen to attend this new one.  We managed to book in for the last day of the exhibition.  This is a photo heavy post, have a cuppa and enjoy!

Mr Selfridge Costumes


Firstly, some of the Mr Selfridge costumes from series 4, by James Keast...

Mr Selfridge Costumes
Black and cream cotton lace dress for Lady Loxley

Mr Selfridge Costumes
Silver satin evening dress with black chiffon overlay, for Lady Loxley

Mr Selfridge Costumes
Showgirl costumes for the Dolly Sisters

Mr Selfridge Costumes
Chiffon beaded dresses with fuchsia velvet coat and (magnificent) collar, for the Dolly Sisters

Mr Selfridge Costumes
Green marocain dress with attached devore top, for the Dolly Sisters

After those beautiful costumes, we fast forwarded a few decades to see The Dad's Army costumes from the 2016 film.  The costumes were all by Dinah Collin, and though made especially for the film, lots of vintage fabric and notions were used in their construction.


Dad's Army Costumes
Above: Rather gorgeous red leather handbag for Rose Winters (played by Catherine Zeta Jones)
Below: Check wool jacket for Rose Winters
Dad's Army Costumes

Below: Suede zip up jacket for Rose Winters
Dad's Army Costumes

Below: Wool pin-stripe suit for Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), and Silk dress for Rose Winters
Dad's Army Costumes

Below: Beige wool coat for Rose Winters
Dad's Army Costumes

As for my own costume?  Well, I was sporting a rather special coat.

My husband was out charity shopping and told me about a coat he'd seen.  It didn't sound that exciting, and I have a vast coat collection already, so I passed on it.  Later that evening he showed me some photographs he'd taken of it, and I decided that even though I couldn't see the style very well from the dimly lit photographs, the beautiful pleats at the back of the coat had me sold.  So we sent his mother to go and get it for us!

I wasn't sure about it to be honest when I saw it crumpled up in the plastic carrier bag.  One touch of the fabric though and I realised it was a quality item.  Then I tried it on.  It was one of those garments that doesn't look much, but when you put it on?  Perfection!  It wasn't until I looked in the mirror that I noticed those incredible shoulder pads.  Hmm, I started to realise it was older than we'd thought.  The fabric is a beautiful crepe, and there's a contrast grosgrain fabric on the collar.  I had a quick look in my 1930s fashion sourcebook, and there were a few similar items in the 1938-1939 period, but nothing exactly the same, as the collars and necklines were a bit different.  I did however spot the term 'redingote' alongside similar styles, so armed with this new vocabulary I did a quick internet search, and I found the best match in terms of style from around 1941.  So there we go, it turns out it's an early 1940s' 'redingote'.

A 'redingote' (pronounced red-in-goat) is a coat that is open all the way down the front, to show off the dress underneath.  It comes from 'riding coat'.

1940s Redingote

1940s Redingote

1940s Redingote
Hat: Marks & Spencer
Coat: Vintage, charity shop
Dress: Hell Bunny, via Sirens and Starlets
Seamed stockings: What Katie Did
Shoes: Clarks

And now for some close-up details of the redingote.  The contrast is up a bit high in these to show the details, the coat in real life is a lovely dark black, not grey or faded at all.

1940s Redingote

1940s Redingote

1940s Redingote

1940s Redingote

1940s Redingote

But, can anyone tell me, what are the ties on the inside of the coat for?  My husband has seen them on other vintage coats, but we can't work out their function.  Any guesses?

How much did I pay?  £15.  Bargain!  It's missing its belt, so I will have to have a think about what to do about that.  I would be tempted to match the grosgrain in the collar and make a belt out of that fabric, but it's always tricky matching shades of black isn't it?  I think the one thing I need to really set this coat off now is a killer 1940s' style hat.

Linking up with: Not Dressed As Lamb

20 comments:

  1. Your coat is perfection! I love it. I used to have a couple very similar back in the 1980s when they were easy to get hold of and stupidly lent them to friends who trashed them. Your husband's got a wonderful eye.
    The sash ties around the waist- there's usually a loop near the front of the coat to thread them through - keeps the wearer nice and cosy.
    What an interesting exhibition, I haven't seen either Mr Selfridge or the new Dad's Army film but if Bill Nighy wore it then it's good by me.
    I'd kill for one of those showgirl costumes! xxx

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    1. The tie also helps the coat hang level so both sides hang evenly at the front

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  2. Wow such amazing costumes, love the Mr Selfridge ones! Loving your outfit too, very chic and stylish! xo

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  3. The ties are to keep the coat closed and keep you warm. I see them all the time in fur coats.

    The coat you got is AMAZING! How great that you've got other people out there scouting out treasures like this for you.

    I would have loved to attend this exhibition.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. What an amazing exhibition, with quite a few drool-worthy costumes. Your new coat is a great addition to your wardrobe - well spotted by your husband! I used to have a redingote, and loved wearing it. xxx

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  5. Nice costumes. It's always interesting to see more detail than one can usually make out while watching a film/series.

    Lovely coat! Those high-quality fabrics from the 30s and 40s are really a treat. Vogue Patterns has a nice 50s era reprint dress and redingote (V8875) if you're ever interested. You might have to look past the sample garments to see the real vintage potential.

    Dee

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  6. Nice costumes. It's always interesting to see more detail than one can usually make out while watching a film/series.

    Lovely coat! Those high-quality 30s and 40s fabrics are really a treat. Vogue Patterns has a nice 50s era reprint dress and redingote (V8875) if you're ever interested. You might have to look past the sample garments to see the real vintage potential.

    Dee

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  7. I enjoyed Mr Selfridge even if you did have to take it with a large pinch of salt. Back in the 80's my cousin's then fiancee used to work at Selfridges and she said Gordon Selfridge still used to visit the shop very often even though he was long since retired, she said he was lovely.

    What a fabulous coat find!

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  8. You are looking super glamorous! That coat is a real find, your husband's thrift skills impress again. Beautiful curls too, it has to be said. This looks like a fun exhibition - those beautiful clothes! I've been looking for a handbag just like that, sigh... xx

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  9. What wonderful exhibitions, thank you for sharing your photos.
    That coat really is special, what fun it looks to wear.

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  10. Forget the costumes at the exhibition, how chic do you look? The coat is amazing - what a find on your husband's part - and I love it with your dress and shoes. Kx

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  11. Fab exhibition! I wish there was somewhere near me that did something like that. I loved Mr Selfridge and was really sad it ended.
    Now, as for that coat, oh my word, that is a stunner! What a bargain, well done hubby and hubby's mum. I'm so glad you didn't pass on it in the end. It looks similar to the 1930s purple coat that I made, but I didn't ever know they were called redingote. I must remember that.
    I have those ties in a vintage coat I bought. Everyone here is saying they're to tie around yourself but mine don't stretch that far! The coat is roughly a size 12, so it's a little bit big for me and you'd think the ties would then reach. So I have no idea what the ties are there for in my coat. Do yours go all the way around your waist? xx

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  12. Your husband had clearly earmned the favour of the Charity shop Gods there. That coat is magnificent. Could the ties be to tie up the hem of the coat in some way, to keep it out of the way? though I can't think of the circumstances under which you'd want to do that.

    Those costumes are lovely, the Mr Selfridge ones in particular. The beading on that silver and black dress is so pretty.

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  13. That coat is really gorgeous! I love the pleating on the back, and it looks like it fits you absolutely perfectly. And what a great exhibit - I couldn't really get into Mister Selfridge for some reason, but those costumes look pretty spectacular.

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  14. Brilliant exhibition, those costumes are awesome. As for your coat, its amazing - what a super buy and it looks perfect on you.

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  15. What a gorgeous coat! I would love to find something like that, I have a hard time finding coats and it gets so cold here in the winter. The exhibition looks like it was a lot of fun to see!

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  16. I'm not familiar with the show but it's amazing to see pictures of these costumes. Also, I your outfit is fantastic!!! That coat is amazing!

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  17. The exhibition looks great but the real story is definitely your outfit. That coat was a find in a million and I love it with that hat.

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  18. What a fab exhibit! So many lovely costumes. In person you can really appreciate the workmanship that you can't see on the screen!

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  19. Yes, what a bargain! Looks great.

    Those Lady Loxley are incredible.

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