Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Gentleman

We have just finished filming ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Gentleman’, for Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums of Liverpool. The film will be part of a new exhibition on costume and is a companion to the ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ film on a wealthy woman’s attire we made earlier.

The film is currently in post production and the music is being composed by Chris Gordon. 

Here is taster screen grab:

Philip Stevens (gentleman) and John Males (manservant).

and some behind the scenes pictures by Adam Fielding:

Nick Loven Directing with Pauline Loven (costume) in the background.
John Males buckling his masters shoes.
Philip Stevens as the gentleman. Costume by Pauline Loven

The location was South Ormsby Hall in the Lincolnshire Wolds, and it was blowing quite a blizzard the day we filmed. However, we were fortunate to reach the hall on time and for all the crew to reach home again before the roads became blocked.

Directed by Nick Loven, cast: Philip Stevens (Gentleman) and John Males (manservant), costume: Pauline Loven, production assistant: Adam Fielding, dresser: Kelly Clark.

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Getting Dressed in the 14th Century

We have just completed filming a sequence on ‘Getting Dressed in the 14th Century’ – the century when it is considered that fashion began.  We have released it on our  Crow’s Eye Productions YouTube Channel and you can view it here:

Here are a few of the photos I took on location. The director was Nick Loven, his production assistant was Lilli Stoddart, the actors were Kirsty Hannah and Lucy Sherre Cooper,  hairdressing was by Anita Cudbertson, the costume was by me and the location was The Saxon House. 

Lucy Sherre Cooper
Nick oven on camera assisted by Lilli Stoddart
Kirsty Hannah and Lucy Sherre Cooper
Kirsty Hannah and Lucy Sherre Coope
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Eighteenth Century Pockets

L to R: Robyn Gordon, Matilda Gordon and Louie Gordon

We have just made a short film about 18th Century pockets, and how it is possible to loose them!

‘Lucy Locket lost her pocket, Kitty Fisher found it,  Not a penny was there in it, Only a ribbon round it’.

Starring the Gordon family: Matilda Gordon, Louie Gordon and Robyn Gordon, with their mum, Lucy Gordon. Voice over by Matilda Gordon.

Music by Chris Gordon

Director, Nick Loven

Costume, Pauline Loven

Matilda Gordon
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Getting Dressed in the 18th Century -Working Woman

Going viral – again!

Crow’s Eye Productions has just completed a follow-up to our film ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ that we made for Lady Lever Art Gallery.  The immense popularity of the first film raised  the question amongst the audience who viewed it and enjoyed the complexity of a wealthy woman’s dress:  ‘who dressed the maid’?  So we made the second film to explain in detail how dress was simplified by working women, and made more practical and affordable,  while still maintaining the fashionable silhouette. Continue reading “Getting Dressed in the 18th Century -Working Woman”

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‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – The Busk’.

The video we made for Lady Lever Art Gallery on ‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ raised a couple of interesting questions. One that frequently occurred was ‘what is the wooden thing that goes in the front?’. The answer is a ‘busk and we have made a short film to explain what a ‘busk’ is:

The replica busks were made by Arthur Roberts and carved by Coral Evans of the Sudbrooke Carving Club…

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‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ – Viral Video

In 2015 we (Crow’s Eye Productions) were contacted by Pauline Rushton, costume curator of The Lady Lever Art Gallery, to make a short film of the sequence of dressing in the 18th century. The film was to be part of the media interpretation of the 18th century gallery which featured many portraits of wealthy society ladies. The idea was to get beneath the formality of the portraits and to explain how the period silhouette was achieved. I made the blue silk gown specially for the film – it was based on one in a painting of 1765, Mrs Paine and her Daughters, by Sir Joshua Reynolds, which is on display in the Gallery. You can read more about the story of the film in Pauline Rushton’s Blog. 
Continue reading “‘Getting Dressed in the 18th Century’ – Viral Video”

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