Poldark Costume Inspiration

Poldark's costume designer, Marianne Agertoft, shares her fashion inspirations for the series. Poldark airs on Sundays through August 2, 2015 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
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Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) costume fitting for Christmas dress, made from embroidered dyed silk. Courtesy of Marianne Agertoft/Mammoth Screen. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece on PBS

Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) costume fitting for Christmas dress, made from embroidered dyed silk. Courtesy of Marianne Agertoft/Mammoth Screen.

Inspiration for Demelza --- Stays, V&A Collection. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Stays

Stays Place of origin: Britain, United Kingdom (made) Date: (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Linen, hand sewn with linen thread, applied ribbon, chamois and whalebone Credit Line: Given by Mrs Strachan

Inspiration for Demelza's costumes --- Le Lever de Fanchon by Nicolas Bernard Lépicié, 1773. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

waking up is hard work Le Lever, Michel-Nicolas-Bernard Lépicié, 1773

Close-up of Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in wedding dress, made from silk dyed multiple times to get the right color and depth. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Close-up of Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in wedding dress, made from silk dyed multiple times to get the right color and depth.

Inspiration for Demelza --- Pet-en-l’air jacket ca. 1780-1790 via Manchester City Galleries. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Pet-en-l'air jacket ca. via Manchester City Galleries This type of jacket is called a pet-en-l'air, and in all honesty, I’m kind of at a loss to know what exactly the difference between a pet-en-l'air and a caraco is.

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in wedding dress, made from silk dyed multiple times to get the right color and depth. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

This image, depicting Demelza in "Poldark," is a great visual for the kinds of long walks taken by Julia in Smuggler's Moon. Love the craggy coastline!

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