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20s fashions beautifully reproduced but the Eliott sisters irritate
on 22 October 2017
The real star of this series is the costume design. For anyone who enjoys period drama, or vintage fashion, it's a treat to be absorbed in stunning 1920s fashion. The settings too, the glorious old cars and bicycles, so meticulously reproduced, are a delight to see. As a fan of vintage I enjoy this series for its period detail. However, the central characters of Bea and Evie irritate me most of the time. Instead of coming across as hard-working and driven, they seem mostly arrogant and self-absorbed. It's the other characters, especially the seamstresses Madge and Tilly, who give real depth and inspire empathy. There's too much focus on the sisters seeking inspiration for their designs, and not enough of the real, day to day 1920s life of the other characters; it could have been more interesting if we'd seen more of the less privileged way of life of this era. It's an enjoyable series for the glimpse into the 20s, and for the fashions, but the main characters leave me a bit cold.