Firstly, some of the Mr Selfridge costumes from series 4, by James Keast...
Black and cream cotton lace dress for Lady Loxley
Silver satin evening dress with black chiffon overlay, for Lady Loxley
Showgirl costumes for the Dolly Sisters
Chiffon beaded dresses with fuchsia velvet coat and (magnificent) collar, for the Dolly Sisters
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.
Above: Rather gorgeous red leather handbag for Rose Winters (played by Catherine Zeta Jones)
Below: Check wool jacket for Rose Winters
Below: Suede zip up jacket for Rose Winters
Below: Wool pin-stripe suit for Sergeant Wilson (Bill Nighy), and Silk dress for Rose Winters
Below: Beige wool coat for Rose Winters
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'.
Hat: Marks & Spencer
Coat: Vintage, charity shop
Dress: Hell Bunny, via Sirens and Starlets
Seamed stockings: What Katie Did
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.
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?
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