18 thoughts on “The Queen’s Gambit (2020)

  1. I’m at present confining my streaming to YouTube as I’m recovering from rotator cuff surgery and not working. But I do want to see this.
    So if you are an aficionado of black and white, I bet you, like me adore Worth’s Ironwork Evening Gown at the Met and Cynthia Settje of Redthreaded recreation of it.

  2. Loved this show for all the reasons you mentioned. Suspense without the need for horrible things happening to Beth, fabulous clothes (I want that dress from the Mexico Championship!), characters that develop (as much as you can in 7 episodes), and oh does the camera love Anya Taylor-Joy’s face! Those close-ups were stunning.

    Thank you for pointing out the black and white/check patterns. Totally didn’t notice it but it makes so much sense.

  3. Oh gosh. I absolutely adored this series and am saddened it’s just a one-time only thing. Like you, I need more of this story so plan on reading the book as well.

    Which outfit to pick as my favourite… I might have to rewatch the series because there are so many. 😉

    I liked some of her coloured outfits (was it a deep green that I’m thinking of first?!?). Her last outfit, the white one, stood out because it was such a contrast to her previous, more somber palette in clothing. I read the ending white outfit was meant to resemble a chess queen piece — which I saw after I read it. During the series I saw it as a transition to how she saw the world from a new, lighter perspective. (I’m sure there are other interpretations as well that are valid). Even the lighting itself brightens up.

    For anyone and everyone — this is a fabulous series that shows strong and vulnerable women trying to make it through life. Women and men are all complex characters. Well written, directed, and acted! The set decorations and costumes just take this series to a delectable level. It’s a must see. Truly.

  4. Ugh I loved this SO MUCH, and it’s probably the first TV show since season one of Sherlock that has actually had an impact on my personal fashion. I loved the low-key kinda beatnik looks she wears in episodes 5 and 6 before she goes to Paris and I’m in a search for some really flat oxfords like she wears for her match against Girev in Mexico City. I also, thanks to this show, had a total break-through in actually applying cat-eye liner that doesn’t look stupid on my downturned eyes, so that’s cool. I just wish I could pull off the hair but that’s not happening.

  5. Loved the show and the costumes!! I too loved the button strap dress. And OMG I’m going to be that one commenter who corrects your spelling…it’s coiffed, not quaffed (don’t hate me, cause I love y’all).

  6. Thank you for this review that helped me relive the style of this excellent drama. My boyfriend and I lived through this era and were stunned at how perfectly the clothes and cars and interiors reproduced the era.

  7. Does ATJ dye her hair a new role for every period drama role?Nonetheless all period dramas in this show had excellent costuming.
    The black pantsuit looks straight out of the 60s,sheer perfection.

  8. LOVED this miniseries. Anya Taylor-Joy really lives up to her name, because she is a joy to watch. It’s interesting to see her talk about Beth’s style in interviews because she mentions how it important it was to her that Beth was always dressed well as she became a rising star in the chess world. Basically, she wanted to make it clear that Beth didn’t have to choose between being smart and being beautiful and she never tried to hide her overt femininity simply because she was operating in a male-dominated industry.

  9. AH!!!!! How could you have omitted that coat!?!! That large soft pink and white check coat she wears when shopping in Paris? I’ve have never covetted a garment so much in my life.

    (AND I hate pink normally)

    1. Watched the entire series four times so far. Need i say more? The g rated, child appropriate photographs are my contribution to the mid twentieth century captured in b&w mainly. My thanks for your review. Fashions and cars etc from the 60’s and the 70’s. momentsintimepast.net
      250 images total. Childproof.
      If a second season is half as good it will be amazing viewing. Let us hope. Blessings. Louie

  10. I’m not too far into the show – I just watched the Mexico City episode – and while I love the clothes, I recognize little of the fashion aesthetic of a period I remember well. (Beth was 17 in 1966, I was 15.) Her fitted bodices, nipped-in waists, and flowing, longish skirts look lovely now, but would have seemed odd and old-fashioned to my teenaged self, who would have been wearing mod shifts and baby-doll dresses, and short A-line skirts or culottes. The short waved ‘do looks “off,” too; straight hair was de rigeur – ironed if necessary – and while the ends might be flipped up or tucked under, waves and curls were a fashion “don’t.” Her silhouettes reminds me of the fashions worn by the Barbies I played with as a child, rather than the styles favored by mid-60’s teens. Any thoughts by other Boomer women who lived through this era?

  11. I WAS NOT fond of the costumes for Beth’s high school years in Episode Two. They were inaccurate to say the least. Hardly any teenage girl was wearing poodle skirts and saddle shoes in 1963. I don’t know what the costume designer was thinking. And I’m flabbergasted that no one had spotted this error.

  12. What got me, even more than the clothes in the HS years, was the appearance of a 1980s or so menstrual pad. It should have been a big bulky thing with strips to attach it to a belt, not a tiny cardboard box that holds a thin pad with sticky stuff on the back side.

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