Okay, so we have a period drama that is set in the 18th century and uh… we’re gonna need to design some nice costumes for our actresses. So, any ideas? Which part of the century? Why does that matter? Because it’s a century. You wouldn’t say 1950s and 1990s are the same, would you? Yeah, no. No one would notice. Yeah, it kind of ruins the whole creativity aspect of it. Like I wanted the costumes to be this really like, creative space. We don’t want the costumes to be like copies of historical garments because it’s cinema, you know? I want to give them- to serve like a really modern twist. Yeah, but in order for that to work, you need to know what you’re twisting first. I’m sorry, are you trying to sabotage this production? Anyway, moving on. I’d like to make a list of stuff that we need. So, if you come up with anything, let me know. Historical undergarments to achieve the right silhouette- Booooobs! Yes, our all-time priority. I’m gonna have to add flowing luscious hair. Sorry, as in loose hair? Is that a problem? It was kind of like a really big no-no at the time and if you didn’t put your hair up you would have them hidden underneath a cap and… Ewww! *Retching* Eww, ew, ew. *Retching* Oh my God! No! God! I’m gonna throw up. No, disgusting! I’m gonna write that down, no caps. Moving on. Back lacing. Yeah, about that. Dresses were usually closed in the front. Oooff. Back lacing was used in court gowns and our movie’s set in a Yorkshire village. Yeah, but dresses don’t close in front. Anyway, undergarments. So obviously we have drawers. Drawers didn’t even exist back then. It was not until the 1820s when they became popular. Are you implying that they wore nothing underneath? They had to wear something. So, frilled drawers it is. Now, because we do care for historical accuracy, the actresses are going to wear stays. Which is also going to help with the boob situation, but the modern twist is they’re going to wear it on a naked body, so when they take the stays off, there’s going to be lacing marks on their bodies. Which is going to show how cruel and evil corsets were. Why would anyone in their right minds do it? Like logically. *Gasp* We don’t want realness, we want magic. How about what was considered a norm at the time? Like a shift? *Exasperated Scoff* A pair of stays? Stockings, garters? Bum roll, petticoat? How much time do you think we have? We’re going to spend like a couple of months attaching machine sewn embroidery details on the ball gowns. Ugh. No, we’re ditching the petticoats, we’re ditching the bum roll, ditching the shifts, we’re keeping the stockings because they’re sexy and will work in bed scenes nicely. Now- Do we really need to make things sexy? *Scoff* Does the Mars bar really need two layers? No, but that’s what sells. I honestly think people are okay with historical accuracy and, and characters looking historical. I think they can handle this pretty well. *Laughing* Oh, wow! Oh my gosh! *Laughing* Oh, my God! *Laughing* *Heavy Breathing* Wow! Okay, you’re fired. Now, we’re gonna have to figure out how to make them wear tight leather pants at some point.

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  • August 15, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    oopsie I messed up the eyelines

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  • September 2, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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    The editing on this is brilliant. The soundtracks overlap as they're talking over each other, the lighting an camera angles show they're sitting in different places. I really, really hope someone funds this woman to do a commercial film. Personally I love historically accurate pieces, but I know the vast majority of people would just prefer a flying King Arthur with a glowing sword or some nonsense.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    I love this video not because I have much of an interest in fashion but because I recognize the wonderful dedication to elucidating the complexities of your field of study. There are so many like you on YouTube in so many areas of historical study and I find the meta parallels in all these narratives so endearing.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 9:06 pm
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    Not gonna lie saw the word boobs and I clicked

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:32 pm
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    Yes, fire her… but first, dress her in stockings and slap her on the butt.
    Come on, the Marxist Feminists have taught us that history, is entirely over rated!

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    Mister F

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    "…because it's cinema, you know…"
    😝😝😝😝

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    When I took a theater class in college, for my final project, I had a choice between doing set design for a period play, or costume design for the same play. I am so glad to have chosen set design.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    STANLEY KUBRICK is OBVIOUSLY NOT attached in any way to this project…😝😝😝

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  • September 3, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    I've often wondered if Hollywood just never understood history, or if they botched everything historical on purpose.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 3:19 am
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    You just got a sub

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  • September 3, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    This ladies niegbors probably think sues nuts, but its really well written, and funny and even has a professional rytham.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    Super easy, barely an inconvenience. Boobs.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 5:20 am
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    It's all about dem tidddaaaaaaayyyyys!

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  • September 3, 2019 at 9:01 am
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    Lol

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  • September 3, 2019 at 11:19 am
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    Pls give us your serious and honest opinion of 'Reign' '''''''''''period drama''''''''''''' costumes

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  • September 3, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    Tricked by a thumbnail once again.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    We got Boobs in the Thumbnail y'all.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    So funny and clever!!!

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  • September 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    that was great 😂

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  • September 3, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    Karolina- I bet it's gonna be hard to come up with a period costume with a modern twist…
    Karolina- Actually it's gonna be super easy, barely an inconvenience
    Me- Whoops, wrong channel of person talking to themselves pitching ideas

    Ryan George- Whoopsie!

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  • September 3, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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    I'm curious, what do you thing about the costumes in the movie The Russian Ark? Or anyone else that knows a little bit about fashion history?
    I just saw it and I thought all the costumes were beautiful.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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    this is too funny im sorry

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  • September 3, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Thank God for the internet….otherwise untalented people would have to find real jobs.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    What's wrong with thier heads.

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  • September 3, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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    I know this is meant primarily as a joke, also that there are actually people as vapid as those depicted.

    How??
    Seriously, how in the world are you able to even attempt to communicate with people like this??
    They’re idiots.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 12:22 am
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    LOL! Boobs do not make a lady! They make a brainless female! HUGE difference!!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:32 am
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    Just wanted to say, Karolina, what an excellent job you did with this. Thanks!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:48 am
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    From the video description: "making things relatable for the modern viewer" Yep, like slender and athletic actors and actresses are relatable to today's viewer… pfffff, hahahaha

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  • September 4, 2019 at 2:30 am
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    "modern viewer"…is that what we are calling idiots these days!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    Wonderful. I wonder what you made of the costumes in “The Favourite”? To my untrained eye they seemed an excellent modern twist on period design (minimalist detail, monochrome colour scheme) – although the leather pants remark…?

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  • September 4, 2019 at 3:04 am
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    meme mom is back it again ilysm karolina

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:05 am
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    So true

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  • September 4, 2019 at 8:28 am
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    She looks like AOC…i cant unsee it

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Well done, mylady. I now hate 2/3 of you and admire the rest.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 10:49 am
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    These chicks are hot

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  • September 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    It was supposed to be a skit but ended up as an accurate reconstruction.
    Although still better than dick helmets for Nilfgaardian soldiers because smash the patriarchy lol

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:28 pm
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    Sounds like the typical lies of Jullywood. If the potential boss has oversized glasses and looks like a flaming feminist, RUN!

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  • September 4, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    Hahaha 🖖

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  • September 4, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    Tell them women didn’t bikini wax in those days and blow their minds.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    hahahahaha! I love this!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    I second the BOOBS recommendation.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    Really like this style of video

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    He's a viking. He needs fur-trimmed leather armor and mud all over his face.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:18 am
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    An artistic note. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be funny, because it’s delivered fairly straight. If you’re trying to make one side seem ridiculous or unreasonable you should pair their realistic views with ones that take the same vain to the extreme. I assume the non accurate view is the one you’re opposing in this video, so they should take their suggestions to an extreme. Like adding clearly modern elements, because most of what they suggest are common misunderstandings of fashion history. And in a group of three, it’s easier to make the odd one out seem wrong.
    It seems like you know what you’re talking about, but the way it’s presented doesn’t make the intended view point obvious.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    this is the cringiest shit ever

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  • September 5, 2019 at 5:34 am
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    The girl in the white blouse seems like she's all there. The other two are clones of AOC.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 6:56 am
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    Wow. Gorgeous and Brilliant.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    I would love to say that is not how a production meeting goes… I really would.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 8:14 am
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    This could apply to almost any genre at the moment. ;P

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  • September 5, 2019 at 9:53 am
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    Historical accuracy sucks ……Boobs rule! The plain white shirt girl is REALLY annoying!!!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 10:26 am
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    Man, I hate how the two of you behave in front of you. That’s a depressing video.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    The last bit where you are laughing and then it's: okay you're fired. Nice acting.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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    Can’t believe you used boobs in the thumbnail for clickbait!!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    The main reason I can't watch Galavant…

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  • September 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    Omg I loved the content & your acting was actually good

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  • September 5, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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    There's no boobs!

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    I was expecting something with bleeding out of vaginas … I dont know how I feel about the video

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  • September 5, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Honestly I’m dying it’s like me trying to talk to my family

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  • September 5, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    I learn so much watching your channel.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    sees the thumbnail
    Me, a known gay: YES

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  • September 6, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    Ohhh so true ❤️

    Give me historical accuracy or give me death!!!

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  • September 6, 2019 at 1:41 pm
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    Jesteś Polką?

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  • September 6, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    This hits the nail on the head! While I'm not against a little T&A on the screen, there's a time and place for everything.

    I've seen some alleged 'period' pieces, which presented the leads in obviously modern clothing, hairstyles and makeup; and which also included entirely inappropriate displays of cleavage. It completely destroys any illusion of being a period piece.

    We don't need Ron Jeremy and Asa Akira, when the story is about an 18th century struggle.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    i still think she's similar to that THUG edwardian lady… can't help myself…

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  • September 6, 2019 at 11:43 pm
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    Polish accent sounds so much like German accent, haha

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  • September 7, 2019 at 4:39 am
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    It's no wonder that I don't like watching any TV or movies in the last 10 years. Too retarded.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 5:03 am
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    And that's before we get to male costumes. Is it an 800CE era gritty wartime action adventure? Leather vest, puffy shirt, tight pants, riding boots.

    Is it a 1750s French court romance? Leather vest, puffy shirt, tight pants, riding boots.

    Is it an Elizabethan political drama? Leather vest, puffy shirt, tight pants, riding boots, AND A NECK RUFF!

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  • September 7, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    I'm surprised she lasted to get fired. After the first three rejections and ridicules, I'd have just walked out and kept going. Why would I want my name listed in the credits for this abortion in the making?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 7:59 am
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    no one:

    reign producers:

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:45 am
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    Having conversed with costume departments you have two real causes 1) most costumes are already made and they reuse what they have. 2) costume designers aren't generally very smart or knowledgeable, they aren't historians, or paid very much.
    Films hire someone who knows how to use a sewing machine, that have worked on other films. Also, time is all that matters on a film set. everything is rushed.
    Lets be honest, these things are way more accurate than most men's stuff like armour and so on, which can be 400 years or more out of date as par for the course. Also leather studded armour and other fetish gear.

    Besides, the sad fact is, that tester audiences now EXPECT incorrect things, and think that historical accuracy looks wrong – and the mistakes are copied as general audiences want to see the same thing.

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  • September 7, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    That nude link in the description is misleading … unless cats have taken over the internet….no wonder there is so many cat videos… you won't take me alive cats …arrrggghhhhhh….

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  • September 7, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    I LOVE IT !!! Lol

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    I can’t help but get the feeling you have sat in a meeting like this st some point…

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  • September 7, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    Have you seen the show 'anne with an e'(on netflix) or 'AnnE' (on cbc) it's based in late 1800/early 1900 (i forgot which) from my point of view it seems accurate but it would be cool to get your opinion?

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  • September 7, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    I'm an historical bladesmith, not a costumer….But dear $DEITY, I feel every bit of this!

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  • September 8, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    Me: opens tumblr
    Tumblr: 1:01

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  • September 8, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    Beautiful. You are brilliant.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    Just do whatever made me watch the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies trailer over and over and over

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  • September 8, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    She's Israeli right?

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  • September 8, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    Designer: The director wants 100% historical accuracy, so the soldiers will be wearing blue uniforms.

    Advisor: They didn't wear blue uniforms. Only red.

    Designer: Yes, they did wear blue. I saw it in "blah, blah" movie. The director doesn't like red anyway.

    Advisor: Remind me again why I am here?

    It is the same for military wardrobe. Period or contemporary. Uniforms are to be worn to the specifications set by a previous inaccurate movie and not to the specifications worn in reality. So the inaccuracies become the standard and are perpetuated by a lazy industry.

    Good job and keep the pressure on them!

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  • September 8, 2019 at 11:49 am
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    Makeup is another point. Most of the times I don’t notice particularly however in one show called The Paradise there was an episode where they made a specific point of a new sales woman being… of loose morals because she wore makeup but she literally looked no different from the rest of the female cast who you were meant to believe were wearing no makeup.

    You can’t have it both ways, it was completely ridiculous.

    It would be like watching a 1970s police drama where the department is shocked by the new officer being a woman but the whole series up to this point was entirely cast of female officers.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    Meme mother for historical accuracy…

    …and what their pitch meetings would be like.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    You should remove "boobs" from your thumbnail.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    "but dresses don't close in the front" 😂 truly captures the difficulty of explaining things to some people

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  • September 9, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    SO TRUE XD

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  • September 9, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    Not to mention white/grey hair on women… like… women in their 50s look like 35 in historical movies

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  • September 9, 2019 at 8:01 pm
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    I could care less about period clothing… or fashion period. I just like her face and voice.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    no boobs?

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  • September 11, 2019 at 8:51 pm
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    2:30 why do I know a creatives who are like: "Why do I have to follow rules when things just can be inconsistent?"

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  • September 12, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    This made me laugh out loud.  Thanks.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 3:52 am
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    LOL! Classic! Poor historical Karolina!

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:09 am
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    Mars bars do need two layers.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    I love this video 😂😂😂

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  • September 12, 2019 at 4:33 pm
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    Streetcar named desire quote?

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  • September 12, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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    I loved your role playing. I watch movies and go through the "That's right" and That's wrong" since I have Bachelor's degree in History. Some movies are so historically inaccurate I want to vomit.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    Yes

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  • September 13, 2019 at 6:28 am
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    "We care for historical accuracy". I lol'd.

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  • September 13, 2019 at 11:52 am
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    ……now I know how Sybil feels……

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  • September 13, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    Technical anachronisms are my pet hate. On that comes to mind was a BBC detective series set in the early 60s which was launched with lot of press about how they'd gone all out for historical accuracy, down to having a period correct lighter in the lead character's pocket even though it was never used. Then in external shots they had modern TV aerials.

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