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Girl Crushin': The Duchess [Georgiana Spencer]

by Ashley on June 22, 2009

A couple of weekends ago I finally got around to watching The Duchess. The fellow has been stubborn about watching it, and so with his trip abroad, I decided it was time to catch up on the films *I* wanted to watch.  And am I ever so glad I did!

The Duchess = Knightley’s “Pride & Prejudice” + “Marie Antoinette” + What “The Other Boleyn Girl” Should have been.

How’s that sound for a movie? The beautiful visual styling and cinematography of the new “P&P”, the delicious costuming and femininity of “Marie Antoinette,” and the sex, scandal, history, & intrigue that “Other Boleyn” should have had.

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Here’s a little secret: I have many friends who participate in SCA: Society for Creative Anachronism. While they often try to get me to join, there’s nothing appealing to me about re-enacting life during the Medieval Era.

However, if they were to want me to dress up in Napoleonic/Georgian Era Artistocratic garments, flirt, eat pretty cakes, and be a spoiled pampered Duchess, why, that I could quite get accustomed to.

With the lush, luxurious costumes of “The Duchess,” I’m not at all surprised that the film won Best Costume Design at the Oscars, or at all surprised that Georgiana Spencer is regarded as quite the fashionable, influential woman of her era.

If I wanted to add elements of her style to my own wardrobe, I’d use:
♥ Feathered hair pieces for evening.
♥ soft, solid chiffon scarves during day, pined by a cameo.
♥ plunging necklines.
♥ bold, showgirl-esque necklaces or velvet collars
♥ I’d curl my hair up, and then tease half of it in to a bouffant (or at least my bangs in to a pompadour). Or, if you’re like me, and your teasing/bouf skills aren’t up to bar, we can use a Bump It! Then I’d adorn it with feathers, fake flowers, or pearl accessories.

I wonder how Wendy Brandes would created a piece inspired Georgiana Spencer? My vote is for there to be plumes involved…


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