Frock on Friday: Call the Midwife
Following on from last week’s retro TV-inspired Frock on Friday, I couldn’t resist paying tribute to another brilliant TV show, Call the Midwife. The final episode of the third season just aired here in Australia, and I was reduced to a sobbing big girl’s blouse.
Like Mad Men, it showcases authentic mid-century fashion, although London’s harsh working class East End provides a marked contrast to moneyed-up Madison Avenue in the late 1950s.
I loved watching Jessica Raine’s marvellous performance as Jenny Lee, and I adore her simple and sweet ’50s cotton day dresses. Nurse Lee knows how to work a bateau neckline with a sensible button-up cardigan. Here, I show you how to get her look with original vintage frocks as well as modern versions from the high street.
1. Vintage ’50s dress, AU$150.61 from When Decades Collide’s Etsy shop. This frock is bally good, too. Call the Midwife’s costume designer Ralph Wheeler-Holes (spiffing job, Ralph!) recommends heading to London vintage stores Beyond Retro and Rokit for Jenny-style ’50s frocks. Beyond Retro and Rokit both have stores in London’s East End (for bonus authenticity).
2. Lazybones Jane Dress, AU$109 from Birdsnest.
3. Vintage ’50s tulle dress, AU$85.12 from Kerrilendo’s Etsy shop.
4. Favourite crew neck cardigan, £34.30 to £41.30 from Boden (available in a range of colours). Costume designer Ralph Wheeler-Holes recommends heading to Brora for beautiful cashmere cropped cardigans.
6. Flowershow dress, £99 from Boden.
I’ve added some more ’50s dresses, cardigans and accessories inspired by Call the Midwife to my Etsy page.
And for fans of Chummy, I give you illustrator Jana Christy‘s bally good tribute to this spiffing character…
Illustrations courtesy of Jana Christy.
Tell me, are you a fan of Call the Midwife? Is Chummy your favourite character, too? And were you also reaching for the tissues by the end of the final episode of the third season?
Finally – would you like to see some more get-the-looks inspired by Call the Midwife? Trixie and Patsy provide some wonderful mid-century fashion moments, don’t you think?