When the Balmoral first started up the band was playing modern music which ruined the mood. Lizzy and I stood on the stern of the SS Shieldhall and both thought we wouldn’t cry.
We sobbed like children.
When the Balmoral started off and the shout went up we both began to wave handkerchiefs flying in the wind. I was so happy and suddenly I realized that 100 years ago the crowd stood here full of joy and happiness never knowing that for many this would be the last sight of their loved one. I’m not sure which one of us started crying first but when we looked at each other we dissolved into tears. You could see some of the passengers on the Balmoral were visibly reduced to tears. More cheers and more tears.
I was starting to calm down when the sun came out and we both started sobbing all over again. The sky had been dark and grey with black clouds rolling in all day and when the Balmoral turned the clouds parted and the sun highlighted the ship. We both firmly believe in our hearts that this was a blessing from the ones lost aboard the Titanic.
I stood there on the stern of the ship celebrating for the Balmoral and mourning for the Titanic. Yesterday I let the Titanic go. The ghosts are laid to rest and she will forever live on in my memories.
One of my classmates just posted this link in our class facebook group so of course I had to pass it on to the costume enthusiasts here!!!!
The auction is on December 3rd, 2011 and here is a link to the website where you can download the free catalog!
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
The Royal colour purple.
In the exhibition this costume was described as: “Supremacy. Purple silk moire robe, growing in stature to unapproachable scale and authority. Military command sealed with cut steel orders across a hardened bodice.”
Casually browsing through some photos when I noticed a bonnet that seemed awfully familiar to me.
I started looking through the Bright Star film stills and realized no wonder I knew that bonnet, I have a photo of me wearing it! A few months ago I toured a film studio in London and we were given free reign to photograph whatever we wanted. I went straight for the Rococo section and photographed the Marie Antoinette costumes. After fawning over the little girls costume I wondered over to The Young Victoria section. I had to forcefully pull myself away and get lost in the Regency. I’ve gone through the Bright Star movie stills and after going through my photos I realized I photographed almost all of fanny’s wardrobe!
I started looking through the Bright Star film stills and realized no wonder I knew that bonnet, I have a photo of me wearing it!
A few months ago I toured a film studio in London and we were given free reign to photograph whatever we wanted. I went straight for the Rococo section and photographed the Marie Antoinette costumes. After fawning over the little girls costume I wondered over to The Young Victoria section.
I had to forcefully pull myself away and get lost in the Regency. I’ve gone through the Bright Star movie stills and after going through my photos I realized I photographed almost all of fanny’s wardrobe!
“Here’s a first look at Helena Bonham Carter as Miss Havisham, the witchy central character in Great Expectations, Mike Newell’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel. Miss Havisham is an iconic character over here in Britain: an embittered spinster who sits in her mouldering mansion still wearing the wedding dress she wore when she was jilted at the altar; she has trained her adopted daughter Estella to break men’s hearts just as her heart was broken. Bonham Carter co-stars opposite Ralph Fiennes as escaped convict Magwitch. Producer Stephen Woolley tells me the Oscar nominee is playing Miss Havisham at the same age she is in Dickens novel — previous incarnations by Charlotte Rampling, Anne Bancroft and, most memorably, Martita Hunt in David Lean’s version played her much older. New York-based Unison Films is searching for a U.S. deal for the film, which Lionsgate UK will release in fall 2012. Hanway Films, which is handling all other territories, will show footage in Berlin. Newell will finish shooting the BBC Films-backed project by Christmas. Robbie Coltrane, Sally Hawkins and David Walliams (Little Britain) co-star, with Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) as Pip, the young hero of the story.”
… and this is going to be BRILLIANT!
This is kind of amazing.
The costumes and characters are wonderfully done and the cinematography is stunning.
“Let’s try this now” became the motto of their costume workshop. Because there were so many creatively passionate people on her team, Christl has said it has made the experience so different from all the other movies she’s worked on: “This ‘laboratory’ offered me great freedom and stimulated everyone involved in the creative process.”
The queen seduces the young playwright on her throne. Afterward, Elizabeth teases Oxford, referring to him as Puck from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” His misunderstood response leads her to believe he was only using her, so she becomes enraged and throws him out of her chambers.
Costumes that ‘have seen better days’
…was the ‘Anonymous’-script advice for costume designer Lisy Christl who boiled, shrank, then dyed and painted the fabrics to transform them into director Roland Emmerich’s desired look for the authentic atmosphere of the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England and the movie’s picture style with low light that comes from candles and fireplaces.
“With the new developments in digital cinematography, we could really take advantage of candlelight and firelight,” says Director of Photography Anna Foerster. “For a period piece, using available light – candles, fireplaces, whatever comes in from outside – makes it real.” Together with Emmerich, she developed the look of the film from the paintings of Johannes Vermeer and Georges de La Tour. ”Vermeer uses the soft, diffused daylight that comes in through windows; de La Tour would have a single source of light, a candle or a torch.”
German costume designer Lisy Christl studied for the movie’s three hundred costumes English history and portraits from the 16th century. Queen Elizabeth alone wears ca. 20 gowns which were made by hand at the costumier Sands Film in London.