Pure Eye Candy…
Cynthia: So my fellow Downton Abbey lovers, have you seen the new show on Masterpiece Theatre called Indian Summers?
It’s as if the Dowager Countess and Co. travelled down to India in 1932 to behave boorishly, scandalously, and quite frankly, reprehensibly.
But I’ve decided not to go there and simply focus on the freaking fabulous costumes.
Is that okay, Marcy? Do you mind if we don’t talk politics, colonialism, and racism?
Marcy: Yeah. Now get to the costumes.
Cynthia: Excellent. First up we’ve got two English characters in bright but soft pink and orange.
Cynthia: I love how the costume designer, Nic Ede, played up the reds to emphasize the flush in their cheeks. All of the characters are affected by the intense unbearable heat of an Indian summer. You can practically feel them sweating and sweltering.
Marcy: I bet they smell really bad.
Cynthia (agreeing): I couldn’t stop thinking that too. The above photo was taken during the train scene and I swear there was heat coming out of the television it looked so hot. Kudos to the actors. Although, I wonder how many of them passed out during filming.
Anyway, next up, we’ve got two Indian characters, in rich cool ocean blues and greens.
Cynthia: I couldn’t take my eyes off these actors in their saris. They’re so pretty with their gold and purple sashes. Sigh… so lovely. I could look at these photos all day.
And finally, we’ve got a brazen American character who eschewed color altogether in the most beautiful black striped gown, white shoes, and not a stitch of makeup.
Cynthia: Or undergarments for that matter.
I thought the costuming of this character was genius! What a way to make an American woman – the least exotic of all women in the world – an exotic character. Her bareness against the bright pastel ruffled English women and sumptuously sari -d Indian women was so stark it was sexy. Unfussy. Unexpected. Daring.
Marcy: Hmmmm… I think you might be heading into dangerous territory.
Marcy whips her tail.
Cynthia: Ah yes… the term exotic used to describe any woman is a minefield.
Cynthia resumes staring at the black and white striped dress.
Cynthia (frustrated): Gosh! I wish I could find a better picture of the striped dress. It moved so beautifully. I must have hit “pause” on my Tivo 10 times to stare at it. This dress would look so fab on a modern day red carpet.
Cynthia: Besides the costumes, I love how all of the women characters in Indian Summers are complex, intelligent, driven, and independent minded.
Marcy: So what was the show about anyway?
Cynthia: You know, I’m not so sure.
Cynthia (ruefully): Yeah. The accents were either too thick or the actors didn’t enunciate clearly so I could barely make out a word in edgewise.
Marcy looks scandalized.
Cynthia (reassuringly): But – everyone was very intense and looked absolutely beautiful. Here’s a sneak peek at a costume for next week.
Cynthia (brightly): So pretty. I’ll tune in next week for sure.
Marcy: For sure.