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March 13, 2024

We’ve got some incredible earrings and a sighting from the new Damsel on Netflix this week.

So, I am not a fantasy fan, so when I say I watched Damsel, what I mean by that is I sort of quickly scrolled through it in the span of five minutes, mostly curious about costumes. I didn’t love them. They’re sort of a mash of Tudor and fantasy, but honestly, there is a getting dressed scene that I do recommend. The dress the main character wore not only had all of the necessary undergarments (fantasy inspired), but she also was given a partlet, which really impressed me, because they’re so rarely used even in proper historical films.

Then! Oh! Then they brought out a pomander! (A small ball, often held on a chain, that contained perfume that the wearer could hold to their nose to guard against foul smells). Then, when our character winds up going on her adventures, she actually used the pomander, her crown, and her gown to help her overcome various obstacles along the way.  The costume may not be my thing visually, but that’s good costuming none the less.

 

We’ve got some incredible earrings and a sighting from the new Damsel on Netflix this week.

So, I am not a fantasy fan, so when I say I watched Damsel, what I mean by that is I sort of quickly scrolled through it in the span of five minutes, mostly curious about costumes. I didn’t love them. They’re sort of a mash of Tudor and fantasy, but honestly, there is a getting dressed scene that I do recommend. The dress the main character wore not only had all of the necessary undergarments (fantasy inspired), but she also was given a partlet, which really impressed me, because they’re so rarely used even in proper historical films.

Then! Oh! Then they brought out a pomander! (A small ball, often held on a chain, that contained perfume that the wearer could hold to their nose to guard against foul smells). Then, when our character winds up going on her adventures, she actually used the pomander, her crown, and her gown to help her overcome various obstacles along the way.  The costume may not be my thing visually, but that’s good costuming none the less.

 

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