Wednesday 2 April 2014

Costume Design for Poldark

Who doesn't enjoy the costumes in a period drama? And with rehearsals for Poldark starting in a few days, many of the cast are having fittings this week, it would seem.

This evening actor Robert Daws tweeted,
 @RobertDaws  Off to get my wig and boots fitted for #Poldark tomorrow. Zounds!

And earlier today Switch actress Harriet Ballard tweeted me,
@HarrietBallard8  En route and very excited for my costume fitting!!! @BBCOne @Poldarked

The costume designer for Poldark is Marianne Agertoft.  Marianne's recent work includes BBC's Death Comes to Pemberley, which is set in the early nineteenth century. (Of course Eleanor Tomlinson, who played Georgiana Darcy in the drama, will be playing Demelza to Poldark.)  Marianne says, "Designing costumes is a collaborative process where you as a designer offer up ideas and then develop the feel and look of the character with the director and the actor."

Early in her career Marianne worked on the film Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp. Her more recent work includes Utopia and  Late Bloomers.

Here are some of the costumes from Death Comes to Pemberley. 

Addendum: Since posting this I've received an anonymous comment that informs me that the last two dresses pictured are, in fact, recycled from past period productions and are designed by Ruth Myers and Jacqueline Durran respectively. If you'd like to know their past, here are the links

Pictures by Robert Viglasky.

 And these from BBC


  1. Some of the costumes you've posted from Death Comes to Pemberley were rented from Cosprop, havingappeared in earlier projects such as the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice and the 1996 film Emma.

    1. Thank you. That is really interesting. I so appreciate your input as I had no idea. I'll add an addendum effect.

  2. You're welcome! I'm really looking forward to this series and I'm enjoying all the newsy bits in your blog. Thank you for posting these updates! (Sorry about using Anonymous; I don't have any of the accounts listed.)


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