I’m a sucker for a good BBC period drama, and my new favorite is one some of you might already be familiar with – Lark Rise to Candleford. It’s a wonderful series in its simplicity at capturing everyday English life in the late 1800’s and comparing the lives of the people who dwell in the poorer hamlet of Lark Rise to those of the more prosperous Candleford. This is done through the story of the girl who lives in both worlds. Laura Timmons is a Lark Rise girl who gets a job at the post office in Candleford, working with her mother’s cousin, Dorcas Lane.
I’ve completed the first two seasons and have started in on the third and continue to be just as charmed as I was with the first few episodes. I highly recommend it. I’ve been watching it through Amazon instant video but you can also get it on DVD through Netflix.
However, one of my favorite aspects of the show, is the costumes. From what I can tell, it is set in the mid-1890s which is the same time period my current work-in-progress is set. What a wonderful way to research the difference in clothing for those of high, middle, and low social classes! The Pratt sisters are dressmakers in Candleford, and they are always keeping up with the latest French fashions. They also dress identically, which is a bit odd, but a fun quirk. Now since I recently posted about the crazy fashions of this period here (What Were They Thinking?), I’ve been paying close attention to how the Pratt sisters handled the sleeves of this era.
In season 1, they wore the atrociously over-puffed sleeves of the 1895 era. However, after season 1, their fashion became much more aesthetically pleasing. The sleeves, while still carrying more fabric than the less stylish, more practical townspeople, became less pronounced as the series continued.
- Do you enjoy period dramas? What are your favorites? I’m always looking for something new to watch.