13 thoughts on “Roots (2016): Part 3

  1. In my head, I’m already working out some time-travel-y crossover piece where a bunch of pretentious Steampunk Cosplayers, who are so in love with the Difference Engine (the ruffles! the corsets! the lack of aspirins and basic antibiotics!) and such end up dropped into the real life nastiness that was the actual period… Like a mean spirited _Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court_, or something…..

    1. oh, that sounds delightful! Imagine some of the Cosplayers delight with chamber pots, lack of sanitation, and no women’s rights. *evil grins*

    2. Sounds perfectly lovely. *grinning and snorts*. But seriously have one of the women have….I’d read it.

  2. ARGH! visable corsets with no chemise makes my blood boil. I see it all the time in the reenacting community. I want to grab those people and ask them if they would wear their bra over their shirt and visable to world? For a better idea of how the ladies of Hooker’s Army would dress, watch Hell on Wheels. Set after the Civil War but the ladies there are closer to what actual people wore. Also Common and Anson Mount are quite yummy.

  3. Or carving pumpkins and turkeys with correct etiquette, after all that is one of the things Ms Stewart is known for. But seriously, I’m laughing so much at the horrid costumes that I almost didn’t notice what a hunk the actor playing George is.
    The costumes on this are so uneven, some good like the Kizzie’s cap and George’s frayed collar on his coat to the unmentionable bad Ren faire stuff. I wonder what research went on. Nil, a soupcon, done in a haze…

  4. It’s always so annoying when people wear the corset/stays and nothing else, either over or under. You TAKE CARE of your corset; you don’t let it get saturated with sweat OR let it chafe you!

  5. Okay, my historic dress history is very rusty but when are clothing colours codified? During the Victorian Era (VE), which I know Roots precedes, it was pretty much set in stone that black/greys were either mourning attire or service attire, with black being for the first year of mourning and greys in the second year (service attire had no time constraints). Towards the end of the second year of mourning, muted greys and purples were introduced before leaving the usual two-year mourning period and wearing non-mourning colours. So when was that a well known custom? I ask because here and in a lot of other shows, people are wearing purples and greys without being in mourning and that was not the custom.

    To show how serious they took mourning, women even had mourning jewels that were usually only worn during that two year mourning period.

    (And I do remember there were customs for certain colours to be worn for morning, luncheon, afternoon, and evening attire, in addition to the mourning attire.)


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