It's no secret that my biggest form of design inspiration comes from period television shows and movies, so I've decided to put together a list of my current top six favourites. These top six are period television shows that I continue to find myself going back to on a regular basis or just simply have playing in the background as I work and design.
Devour deep into 18th century Cornwall when mining and fishing are losing profits but bills and necessities are constantly rising. Ross Poldark (played by Aiden Turner) returns home from fighting in the American Revolution to his life completely flipped upside down. His fiancé is now engaged to his cousin and his family mine is deteriorating. Watch Ross as he fights the conflicts between rich and poor and tries to bring light to the currently dark Cornwall.
Based on the true story of Mary Queen of Scots as she marries the future King of France. The drama heats up as she fights for her country against her cousin Queen Elizabeth I as she tries to take it from underneath her. The costumery is not quite historically accurate in the beginning but you can not deny that the outfits are absolutely beautiful full of laces, bead work and tapestry you can't go wrong.
I love when television shows or movies can be followed on from one another, Tudors is based on King Henry VIII (Queen Elizabeth I father) and goes into depth about his life and eight wives. Queen Elizabeth I was the daughter to his second wife Anne Boylen and when Elizabeth took the throne it caused controversy as many believed that she was illegitimate and Mary Queen of Scots was more fitting.
Borgia is quite a new television show to me but I am completely and utterly obsessed. Based on the rise of the Borgia family in the Renaissance Era as Rodrigo Borgia forced and blackmailed his way into the Vatican to then become the new Pope between 1492 and 1503. This became the most infamous chapter in the history of the Catholic Church.
Victoria is one of the most beautiful television shows I have ever set my eyes on. Based on the early years of Queen Victoria, her infatuation with Lord Melbourne and the love story between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Full of glamorous buildings and luxurious clothing you will be completely absorbed and transported to another world and another life.
It wouldn't be a complete list without Penny Dreadful. This intensifying dark psychological thriller will have you hooked from the get go. Set in the dark gothic period of Victorian Era London, follow the stories of Dr Frankenstein and Dorian Grey while Vanessa Ive's fights her daily demons. The costumery is completely breathtaking and not a single detail goes unnoticed.