Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Buccaneers


A 1995 mini series by BBC, based on the last novel written by Edith Wharton, the  book was unfinished when she passed away in 1937. Scholar Marion Mainwaring finished the novel in 1993. BBC Hired Maggie Wadey to adapt and finish the novel at the same time for the television adaption.

The Story is about five wealthy, American girls who with their guardians go to London to experience a London season ( now I had to look up what London season meant ) look below for some brief descriptions.) The ladies find them self marring cash poor but title rich and land rich Englishmen. The story focuses on Nan who marries the Duke of Tintagel, and the story focuses on the values and morals that the fashionable society held at this time. The girls being american searched for love and found that it was more about who you married.

The storyline is said to mirror the real "ill-fated" marriage of heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt and the Duke of Marlborough

I have watched the first 2 episodes and I quiet enjoy it since I've taken to doing research on the 19th century right now and this being the later half and Victorian, industrial revolution it seems. I love Nan's character a true loving sole who marries the Duke, who seems more fascinated with clocks then their marriage.

The costumes are lovely done, BBC has obviously been doing a good job with their mini series for a long time

Costumed by
Rosalind Ebbutt, also costume "Vanity Fair" 1998 A&E and "To play the King" 1993

The girls in day dress's I love the prints <3 and simple details, each dress really suits each girl very well 

I have not see the episode with this dress yet but its amazing and I can't wait to 
a very nice close up of the gowns details 

a better over view of the dress's designs 
simplistic and pretty
This image is very dramatic and dynamic very nicely done

London season :  London social season evolved in the 17th and 18th centuries, and in its traditional form it peaked in the 19th century. In this era the British elite was dominated by landowning aristocratic and gentry families who generally regarded their country houseas their main home, but spent several months of the year in the capital to socialise and to engage in politics. - wiki

A comical image of the English season 

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