I love TV and it’s always fashion-related TV that I watch: biographies of designers, music videos and shows like Sex In The City, Ugly Betty or Gossip Girls – any TV that influences fashion. I also like shows that have an otherworldly/surreal feel to them like Twin Peaks – I loved that series.
I just finished watching the HBO series Carnivale. It’s about a carnival that travels across the dust bowl during the great depression and the struggle between good and evil. I love the whole look and feel of this series. It cost $4 million US per episode; it was one of the most expensive shows to produce. There were an estimated 5,000 people costumed in the show’s first season! The clothes are great. I love the neutral colours, they are faded, dusty, worn and authentic-looking: they tell a story.
What I find most interesting about costume and period clothing are elements of the clothes that are recreated in modern clothes to create retro feel to them. Clothes that look fashionable and hip often have a historic reference to them, sometimes it’s very subtle, but it can also be very obvious, to the point were elements of the authentic period costumes in Carnivale look strangely current.