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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Film Fashions · Poirot's Miss Lemon

It seemed like it was about time for another installment of "Film Fashions" around here!  I'm a *huge* fan of mysteries, especially British. And especially set in the 1920s-60s.  "Poirot" was my gateway drug into this genre and the nurturing of my Art Deco admiration!  My mom was a big fan when the episodes originally aired and over the past decade or so we've watched the series several times.  While they do show their age a bit, the older series (1989-2000) are my hands-down favorites.  I really love the sets, clothing, and hair design of the older ones (not to mention the great camaraderie between the four main characters!) to the extent that the lower production quality really doesn't matter. :-)



Also, Miss Felicity Lemon.  She is sadly absent after "Evil Under the Sun", and I feel that the series really does feel a lack with the absence of Poirot's personal secretary and assistant.  Her filing system is incomparable, her precision is the perfect fit for Poirot's demanding fastidiousness, and her clothing is the epitome of Art Deco chic in workwear.  She frequently pulls through with 3 or more outfits each episode, although they do get repeated over the seasons.  Her accessory and outerwear game is straight out of the 1930s and so inspiring!


The deco trim! The knitted ruffles!  That plaid!!


Seeeeerious collar envy here!


I love how fearless she is in her fashion sense and how she delves into so many different iconic 1930s styles. Also, I feel like there's no color Miss Lemon won't try! She's just as confident in neutrals as in dramatic hues.


Her hats are always amazing- they've got to be originals, right??  And she continually gets that "jaunty angle" down pat.


And then her coats.... ugh. SO good!  In short, I need access to her wardrobe. Pronto.

Honestly, everyone's wardrobes are amazing in Poirot episodes, so the only way to narrow down this post was to focus on just one character!  Do you have a favorite episode of Poirot or outfit from the show? Do you have a style crush on Miss Lemon too?  Which do you prefer- the older episodes or the ones made within the last decade?

And finally, if you've never given "Poirot" a try, you really must!  The series will beyond-a-doubt give you a deep and abiding love for the 1930s, and who doesn't need that? ;-)

(Screencaps courtesy of the wonderful Miss Lemon Files here- do stop by to see dozens of screenshots detailing Felicity's wardrobe!)

18 comments:

  1. Miss Lemon is perfection, isn't she? Although the acting is wonderful, like you, I mostly watch Poirot for the visual beauty of the costumes and period sets.

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    1. <3 So fun to hear from other Poirot admirers! <3

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  2. Gateway drug. Lol. ๐Ÿ˜† Yes, there's no one quite like Miss Lemon. I agree too about the camaraderie of the original 4. Of the fellas Capt. Hastings apparel is probably my favorite. Especially some if his knitted vests.

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    1. Heehee, yes! And totally agree about good old Capt. Hastings!

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  3. My parents and I like the Poirot series. I am not sure how many I have seen that have had Miss Lemon in them. But the outfits of the cast are great!

    Sarah

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    1. It's so much fun to hear how many others love Poirot, too! :-)

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  4. I LOVE Poirot! I haven't watched the series in a long while, and I think it's time to revisit and rewatch! Oh, the styles.
    Kristina
    eyreeffect.com

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  5. I feel just the same about her costumes! I'm always drooling over them and wanting them when I watch the show! We should stage a robbery of her closet... :)

    Best,
    Quinn

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  6. Most of Miss Lemon's outfits come from Angels, one of the biggest and best costume hire places for film & tv, so yes, they are original or reproductions of original. They truly are wonderful and the green dress with the white and beige flash has always been my favourite. I dream of making my own version of that dress one day! xx

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    1. Aaaaaggghhh.... I wonder how many really are vintage! Some of those details are just *so* perfect. And this makes me love the show even more now. <3

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  7. Absolutely The Best. I can watch Poirot forever :) , even when plot known by heart , for all visual aesthetics:costumes ( steel dream to replicate ms lemon wardrobe ) , home decor, architectural gems from all around UK! And of course I do love performance of whole "ansamble" ! Thank you for posting

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    1. Yes, I agree! I know all the episodes by heart, but it's still fun to watch again and again!

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  8. Poirot is one of the few screen adaptations from a book where I feel they really got it right. I adore it. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who loves Miss Lemon's style, although I think she is one of those lucky ones who has the right face and body type for that decade.
    I see above that they sourced her things from Angel's. Every year Angel's has a giant fill-a-bag sale if you're ever on that side of the pond!

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    1. Alyssa, I agree- while I think she's amazing, I'm still not quite ready to follow her lead on spit curls and glasses... ;-)

      Oh my goodness! Now I really, *really* need to take another trip to England. That sale sounds *beyond* amazing!!

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  9. Just wanted to drop a few words to say how much I have enjoyed reading your blog. I was searching information about vintage fashions, especially my love, the 1930's and down the rabbit hole I fell onto your blog! What a delightful journey :) I spent last evening reading so many wonderful posts on your beautiful clothing and adventures. This evening I went to Netflix to search for Poirot and have been watching for the last few hours! I can definitely understand why you love it, mystery and 1930's fashions/sets, I'm in heaven!

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    1. Michele, how wonderful to hear from you! Thank you so much for your sweet compliments. :-) Welcome to this little corner of the internet, and welcome to the Poirot Fan Club!

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  10. I love Poirot! Such a great series! Jeeves and Wooster is a another favorite of mine set a little earlier.

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