The Captivating Costumes Of Indian Summers


Henry Lloyd-Hughes and Jemima West

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.


Fiona Glascott and Jemima West


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.



Fiona Glascott


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.

Anywaynext up, we’ve got two Indian characters, in rich cool ocean blues and greens.

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Ellora Torchia and Amber Rose Revah


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.



Olivia Grant



Olivia Grant and Jemima West


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.

Cynthia:  Really?!

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.


Madeleine (Olivia Grant), Alice (Jemima West) Eugene (Edward Hogg)


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.

Marcy:  What?!!

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.


Jemima West


Cynthia (brightly):  So pretty. I’ll tune in next week for sure.

Marcy:  For sure.



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  • Reply Patty September 30, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Oh wow, I’ve never heard of this show but it sounds very interesting. These costumes do look amazing! Maybe I should watch the original British show “The Office” to warm up my English accent ear before watching this one. Can’t wait to see it!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Yes – a good warm up might be the best thing to do!

  • Reply Vik September 30, 2015 at 11:47 am

    If they wanted to actors to look overheated, they must have filmed in California, this summer and fall. This is another show I have never heard of, and haven’t even seen Downton Abbey. No, I keep happily and endlessly watching reruns of the Gilmore Girls!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 30, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      I’m that way with Sex and the City and Friends. I never ever get tired of them!
      Oh my gosh – I heard it was going to go down to 72 this Sunday. I don’t want to get my hopes up though!

  • Reply Big Momma September 30, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I wonder how true to the era the costumes are. Some of them would not look out of place today, especially the black and white dress.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 30, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      I think that was what was so exciting about these costumes – you could wear them today! I think they’re prretty accurate to the time!

  • Reply Merrie K. September 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    LOL…I do the same thing: “Gosh I just saw this great movie. Hmmm…you know what…I don’t actually know what it was about. I know there was a man and he was trying to overcome a problem, but I must have spaced out during the rest of the plot.” 🙂 I have to agree…those outfits are fabulous, especially the orange shirt dress. I bought a similar one from Target a few years ago, but it obviously wasn’t as awesomely-vintage as that one. 🙂

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch September 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      LOLOLOLOL. It was funny though – there was so much eye candy with the clothes and the scenery it almost didn’t matter to me that I could’t figure out what was going on!

  • Reply Liz October 7, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Oh my goodness. Pretty sure this is going to be my new favorite show. The setting! The costumes! The hair! It’ll also lessen the blow that Downton is ending. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

    <3 Liz

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Liz!
      I watched the second episode this past Sunday and I must warn you that it got a little violent. I realize that this is true to the time and situation but it made me sad and now I don’t really want to watch. I am tired of violence in my shows. I am going to stick to comedies from now on!

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