You may know that I happily go for any excuse to create a costume (have a look at some of my previous costumes here), so Halloween this weekend provided a good one. I got really into the TV series Penny Dreadful and decided that the main character Miss Vanessa Ives as portrayed by Eva Green was perfect for my Halloween persona.
The TV show, named after the Penny Dreadfuls – cheap sensationalist stories from the 19th Century – is set in Victorian London, exposing a dark ‘demimonde’ full of monsters and demons. The main characters form a group who combat all things evil in this dangerous world. Here’s the trailer from the first season – not for the faint hearted, this opening series was quite terrifying at times!
Some of literature’s most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. They are joined by a core of original characters in a complex, frightening new narrative. Penny Dreadful is a psychological thriller filled with dark mystery and suspense, where personal demons from the past can be stronger than vampires, evil spirits and immortal beasts.
I love the dark and gothic, Victoriana styling to the series. Beautiful costumes, interiors, hair, make up and props are used to convey the period feel. Its also clear from this series that Eva Green is a very talented actress. The part of Miss Ives that she plays shows how versatile her acting can be and she can do a lot with this part that I think she couldn’t do in a film, but surely her performance would be award winning either way! Here are some pictures of the actual Miss Ives:
and my interpretation, having used images such as those above for inspiration. I was able to use my parents’ home as the perfect period style setting for the pictures – quite creepy I think you’ll agree! It was also fun because I had all the clothes already in my wardrobe so I didn’t need to buy anything extra, always the ideal costume when it works out that way. Photos thanks to Anna Shlonsky.
Lastly, I have a reproduction print in my living room of Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I by Klimt. One evening, I was struck by a slight similarity between the ‘Woman In Gold’ and Eva Green as Miss Ives!