I don't understand why they didn't have the female cast of the tudors wear more historically accurate gable and french hoods! I saw several episodes of the the tudors and only twice did I see female extras sport historically accurate gable hoods! >_<;
You got me . I don't understand why Joan Bergin insisted the women wear long, straight, Victorian sleeves w/ their dresses, or why the men were sporting Elizabethan men's fashions. What's even more of a mystery is, why are some of these costumes beautiful or eye-catching, whilst others are horrible? My theory is the costume designer was on crack & on her off-days she'd make the nasty costumes .
In Natalie Dormer's defense - some people can't wear contacts. I'm one of them. I've tried several different kinds over the years, but my eyes were just too dry. I've literally had contacts dry up and fall out of my eyes within 15 minutes of putting them in.
Ha! Couldn't help but love your saying! Kudos for that! Totally hate how slutty they made Anne appear in the show, at times... Anne Boleyn was supposed to be witty and charming through her words and attitudes, not through her low-cut gowns, exposing her boobs... Jesus! o.O
And plus, the real Anne was famous for her sense of style & good taste. She had no need of showing off her "assets" to have sex appeal, & she made a very important point about her moral virtues. I think it's pretty obvious that in the entire 7 years she & Henry courted while wrestling with the Catholic Church, neither slept together, b/c she never got pregnant during that time, UNTIL Henry took matters into his own hands in 1533.
And yet half the time on the tv show, (especially after she became Queen), Anne wears these ugly, horrible gowns that made her look fat or had clashing colors. Some were so ugly I didn't even make them on the Tudors Scene-maker, like that hideous green & yellow tapestry gown she wore in the painting the tv Henry kept? Or that trashy hooker dress she wore for a Christmas scene? The worst offender was what she wore to her secret wedding to Henry. I passed over this hideous nightgown w/ buttons I saw her wearing w/ a tiny crown, & when I heard she wore it for her secret wedding, I was horrified.
Nothing would please me more than hanging Joan Bergin for that dress, along w/ Catherine Howard's yellow & blue monstrosity. Surely if a woman like Anne was FINALLY marry the king she had loved for 7 years, she would at least wear something pretty no matter what the circumstances of the wedding.
Agree, many of Anne's clothes were truly exaggerated in the show; they were so desperate to make Anne win the public, both feminine and masculine, that they made her look like a Barbie doll, this time with some black hair. Admitted, her clothes are enchanting for the public's eye today, but they make no justice to who Anne Boleyn was. Had the real Anne Boleyn wore what Dormer wore in the show, she would have never hoped in the rehabilitation of her name, to be considered as anything else but the whore of the King.
You're absolutely right. It was bad enough when ppl in the 16th century immediately jumped to the conclusion that, b/c of Anne's relationship with the King, they assumed she would fulfill the stereotype her sister did, & was just another mistress. The real Anne was interesting in that she didn't have to have her breasts hanging out all the time to have sex appeal. The only thing they got right about Anne was her dark hair, her petite stature, & her bold, headstrong personality.
I saw 2 big costume mistakes they did on the show with Anne, besides not being historically accurate or true to her "virtue" as a character. They deliberately inserted sex as much as possible in the show to get the viewers' attention, as well as getting men to wake up & say, "Oooh, this is interesting & not just another historical snore-fest." (Tho my brother would beg to differ. Although the sex scenes got his attention, the acting was so horrible that the 1st season made him cringe).
The first mistake was using old costumes. Granted, the show was probably on a budget, but that's no excuse for borrowing tons of costumes from past movies about ELIZABETH, who lived a whole generation after Anne's time, so you often see Anne in Elizabethan clothes that don't even fit the actress, much less are accurate. That's why we often see her in very ugly clothes that lack the proper Tudor shape. The least they could have done was borrow clothes from actual Henry VIII film stuff, like from "Anne of A Thousand Days," or "A Man for All Seasons."
The second mistake was over-sexualizing Anne. They really over-did her "sex appeal," by showing her in low-cute dresses w/ her breasts practically exploding out the top, or trashy hooker costumes, like that awful Christmas gown. Or worse, showing her romping with Henry in the woods long before the incident where they conceived Elizabeth in 1536.
The real Anne made a big deal about NOT being sexually promiscuous, declaring to her dying day that she had been a virtuous woman before marrying Henry. I think she was telling the truth, b/c in all the the 7 years she & him waited for the Pope's permission (which they didn't get), she never was recorded to have been with child; & yet in January of 1536, while they were in Calais, she got pregnant almost immediately.
It is interesting, that while "The Tudors" was all about the "historical beauty update," (a phrase I found on TV tropes), I think the real Anne truly was beautiful in real life. Of the surviving paintings there are of her, she looks very pretty, even tho ppl didn't think her dark hair or olivine skin were pretty for the time.
When will the historical fact-checkers discover colored contacts? Or paintings/tapestries to base the costumes off of. Glad to see I'm not the only one who notices things like that! Great work on the costumes, I've used this site and I know it can be hard to make things look the way you want.
Oh, "Tudors" tv show, how do I hate thee, let me count the ways XD. If you want the truth, I think Natalie Dormer would have been perfect as Anne, it's just those pale blue eyes of hers ruined the effect. They made her look like an Irish girl instead of a woman who was partially famous for her beautiful black eyes.