For the past two weeks I have spent my Sunday evenings in the 1950s, more specifically 1950s Ireland courtesy of the new BBC serial Quirke. This is a series that has seen mixed reviews, but I have loved the atmospheric lighting, the moody acting of the always fabulous Gabriel Byrne, and, most of all, I have loved the styling and the clothes – oh my, the clothes.
As a real fan of 1950s fashion and glamour, I love anything that harks back to the times when ladies still wore gloves, dresses included a full skirt, and attention to every detail was second to none. Quirke has it’s roots in High Society, the patriarch is a rich judge, and so the female characters that make up part of his family, played by Geraldine Somerville and Aisling Franciosi, are always immaculately turned out in costumes that are truly elegant. In addition, the beautiful Charlie Murphy played a seductive character called Deidre in episode 2, and entered the episode in a stunning backless gown of Grace Kelly styled satin.
Quirke is well worth a look for lovers of the 1950s, the stories have been absorbing and you can just get swept away with the sheer romance of Grace Kelly/Elizabeth Taylor era costumes.
1950s styling from Coast
On the High Street there are many examples of 1950s inspired pieces, with Coast leading the way with full skirted evening dresses, stiff satin skirts and strapless sweetheart necklines. With stunning prints, and soft watered pastel shades, these are some of the prettiest looks you will find this Summer.