Producers Need to Know Their History

Costume dramas like Little Women and Outlander are fun to watch for the actors and the action, but costuming and hairstyles are important in creating the illusion of going back in time. Producers, like Heather Parry, who work on movies or television shows must find talented people to recreate the fashions of a bygone era in a way that is believable to the audiences of today.

Contemporary Images

People who work in costuming, hair and makeup rely heavily on photographs and paintings of people who were alive in that era. Depending upon the era, they spend time examining portraits in museums or collections of photographs in books for evidence of how people dressed, styled their hair and applied makeup. Little Women is set in New England during the American Civil War in the later 1800s, and costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, used paintings of women done in that time … Read More