We’re recapping the 2008 miniseries John Adams each week because the 18th-century costumes and American history are just that good! Catch up with previous episodes here.
We made it through to the final episode! Unfortunately, there’s two important points about this episode that will likely make this post short:
- Everyone dies; and
- Not a lot of costume content as a result.
I tried to find evidence if any of the costumes from the series were ever put on tour, or reused in other films, but so far I haven’t been able to come up with anything. It’s really very unfortunate, because the costumes throughout the series are beautifully made and clearly a lot of effort went into researching and creating them to be as historically accurate as possible. I was able to find one article from The Smithsonian that discusses the textile mill where many of the fabrics for the costumes and sets were woven, and it’s worth a read, as well as a shot of at least two of the costumes from the show on display at FIDM in 2009, but sadly, very little seems to be out there about what happened to the costumes made for the principle actors after the show ended (I am aware of at least two costumes that were recycled for extras on the show, and you can check them out here and here). If anyone has any additional information about them, please share it with us in the comments! We are always looking for more info!