Re: The Lioness in Winter

Lioness in Winter I

My 83-year-old mother, Lori, costumed as Eleanor of Aquitaine (Oct. 2014).

When I broached the subject of dressing up again for this year’s Take Back Halloween contest, I was pleasantly surprised to find my mother very open to the idea. This is our second year participating in the contest and it has become our shared art project.

Lionesss in Winter II

Lori as Eleanor of Aquitaine showing the full dress (Oct. 2014).

The only purchased part of this costume is the crown. Everything else came either from my closet or my fabric stash. It helps to be a bellydancer 🙂

Lioness in Winter III

Lori as Eleanor of Aquitaine minus the cloak (Oct. 2014).

If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to surf over to Take Back Halloween’s Facebook page and check out the current crop of entries for this year’s contest. [Update as of 11/18/14: Mom won most Inspired Performance in the Queens category. Like a boss.]


Re: Men (and Women) of the Hood

“We’re men of the hood. Merry now at your expense.”–Russell Crowe, Robin Hood

Now that the movie Robin Hood is close to officially opening, a lot more still photos are available. The costumes for this production are truly beautiful and very detailed.  Although Janty Yates is the official costume designer for this movie, if you look under the credits, you will see a whole raft of costuming people listed which is not surprising considering the breadth and scope of this film.

Here are just a few stills to give you an idea of the beautiful costumes:

Lea Seydoux as Isabella of France, King John’s wife.

Lea Seydoux (Isabella) and Oscar Isaac (King John) in their bedchamber.

The kingdom may be financially insolvent, but King John (Oscar Isaac) is still a sharp-dressed man.

William Marshal (William Hurt) and Eleanor of Aquitaine (Eileen Atkins), the Queen Mother. Note William’s fabulous armor and Eleanor’s beautifully embroidered gloves.

Here’s a shot of Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) in action. Notice the awesome sleeve details. Although you can’t see it well in this photo, his vambrace is covered in Celtic designs.

Am I wrong in thinking that we’ll be seeing a lot of Robin Hood costumes this Halloween? Don’t think so. I haven’t left out Marion (Cate Blanchett), but I want to make her blue dress so I will discuss that in another post.