July 15, 2010

Beading and Embroidery Inspiration

Norma Shearer as Marie Antoinette-
Marie Antoinette, 1938

I was able to watch this movie just yesterday, and while I'm not planning to review the film here, aside from some artistic liberties with historical accuracy and a slightly (if not seriously) biased take on Marie Antoinette's character, this movie was wonderful! And really, I couldn't care less about those things anyway. It was awesome. The best part for me, though, was definitely the intricately embellished wardrobe! Just breathtaking.

So I thought I would share some images from the movie. If you can catch it playing, you should watch it!

Spoiler alert! This man is clearly a bad guy! Look at that makeup! Yikes! And lots of frippery. How very courtly of him.

One of the biggest surprises to me was Norma Shearer's transformation during Marie Antoinette's imprisonment- by the last scene of the movie, she looked almost exactly like Jacques-Louis David's pen-and-ink drawing of the Queen on her way to the guillotine. You'll have to trust me on that; I couldn't find a still of it.

Now, don't get me wrong, Tyrone Power made an excellent love interest for Norma Shearer's Marie Antoinette, but if I'm going to watch a movie from that era, I have to remain loyal to the hunkiest hunk around:

That's right. You go Gregory Peck. Handsome devil! But only 1940s Gregory Peck, after that he's a little out of my age-range. I'm just going to picture him as the lead in every romance novel I read from now until forever.

Note: If you made it to the end of this post, you'll probably realize that it was only loosely related to beading, and mostly an excuse to post a photo of the handsomely handsome Gregory Peck. My apologies (kind of).

Dracula cuff should be finished tomorrow! I'll make a real post soon!

1 comment:

  1. I love the old b/w movies! Don't think I've ever watched this one! Now as far as 'hunk'..George Brent was my favorite! Dark Victory with Bette Davis and George was WONDERFUL!!! I'm also a big Bette Davis fan..Spiral Staircase with George Brent is a villian role for him. None of my movies have the embellishments as in your movie! They're just all in suits! Don't you love all that embroidery work!!! inspiration for sure!!