‘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. 

The film has now had over 13 million views and can be seen here:

Director, Cinematographer and Editor: Nick Loven.    Producer and Costumier: Pauline Loven.    Camera Assistant: Bryony Hooper.   Lighting: Tom Baker.     The Lady was played by Kate Loven and her maids by Amy Beven and Lydia Staniaszek.  The voice-over was created by Lady Lever Gallery.

It was filmed on location in a beautiful Georgian House in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Here are some of the behind the scenes images taken by set photographer Victoria Louise Newman:

The lady in her linen shift and stockings holding her silk ribbon garters in her hand. The shoes are by American Duchess

The wooden busk being is placed into a concealed pocket in the front of the stays – the busk helped to create the rigid silhouette. Busks were often given as love tokens as they were worn near the heart. They were often carved with hearts, entwined initials and dates.

The view from behind the camera.

Left to right: Bryony Hooper, Tom Baker and Nick Loven.

Left to right: Lydia Staniaszek, Kate Loven, Amy Beven and Bryony Hooper.

Two hours of setting up and over four hours of meticulous filming – and its a wrap! Click here for Crow’s Eye Productions

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