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The costumes for the movie “The Duchess” were gorgeous and detailed. The subject of the movie, Georgiana the Duchess of Devonshire, nee Lady Georgiana Spencer, was known for being a fashion plate, and for using fashion in the service of politics. So, it is only appropriate. At the movie web-site, you can see the costumes, created by Michael O’Connor, in unique windows with the ability to zoom in and turn the costume around. If you want to see some pretty 18th century style dresses, you should click on: here. There is also an interesting dress, with a military flavor, which shows how Georgiana would dress up in the colors of her party, the Whig Party.

So, now, The Duchess has received the Oscar for “Best Costume.” Very nice. Hope it brings attention to the story of Georgiana. She was a fascinating woman.

Do you wonder what Georgiana would say about the fact that the movie portraying her life, and her character as “The Empress of Fashion”, won an Academy Award for Best Costume? With Georgiana, the answer is easy.

As noted similarly at several sources, including Wikipedia, Georgiana had the same response to all compliments. The story goes that when Georgiana was stepping out of her carriage one day, an Irish dustman exclaimed, “Love and bless you, my lady, let me light my pipe in your eyes!”, a compliment which she often recalled whenever others complimented her by retorting, “After the dustman’s compliment, all others are insipid.”

Hope you will browse the Georgiana Circle web-site, and leave any of your thoughts about Georgiana, the movie, the Academy Awards, or 18th century fashion.

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The review below of The Duchess DVD has excellent details on the history, the characters, and more. Worth reading:

http://blogcritics.org/archives/2009/01/14/162242.php

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A collection of 3 reviews about “The Duchess” movie, the story of the life of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. I chose reviews which had something extra to offer in terms of comments and new details:

from POPDOSE
DVD Review: “The Duchess”
Sunday, January 4th, 2009 by Lance Berry

This is an excellent review with unique insights. I also wanted to post it here because it offered commentary and praise of the musical score, which I had overlooked in my own review. (more…)

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I think that posts about Keira Knightley are somewhat off-topic to this blog. I want the focus to be on historical women and women’s rights. Though, for now, while Keira’s star is shining in the world of Georgiana, I found it interesting that she will be working on a new project. While the next one is a period drama, I believe it will be much different…

from The Guardian UK
Jazz age romance of Fitzgerald and Zelda heads for big screen
Keira Knightley to star as Great Gatsby novelist’s wife, with John Curran directing

Excerpt:

Their tempestuous relationship was reputedly the basis for some of his most famous works. Now the story of F Scott Fitzgerald and his novelist wife Zelda Sayre is to made into a Keira Knightley-starring film called The Beautiful and the Damned, reports Variety.

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