Penny Dreadful starts on Sky Atlantic tonight at 9pm; another big budget production from the channel sees more film actors integrated into TV. Names such as Eva Green, Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Billie Piper make this a star-packed cast that promises to deliver the movie quality we have grown accustomed to from Sky.
Gothic glamour, as seen by the celebs gracing the red carpet at the Baftas on Sunday, is a continuing trend that can be evolved throughout the seasons. Penny Dreadful is a gothic horror and the stars’ costumes are gorgeously created to fit the theme. In this ‘Get the Look’ I have taken two of the looks that appear tonight and updated them for spring/summer. I’ve also given you a guide to a few gothic essentials that will help you build this style for your own wardrobe.
Eva Green’s character Vanessa Ives has some beautiful costumes in the first episode. Very victorian and very gothic, her style needs updating to be wearable for modern everyday purposes but it gives you a wonderful basis for inspiration. I have used this to create three style ideas that can take you from work to drinks in a flash.
Wine demi-corset Kiss Me Deadly £140, High-waisted zip leather pencil skirt Kelly Simpkin London £425, Large Spider and Black Diamond Eyes Pendant Suicide Blonde £245, Peachy Square Heeled Pointed Toe Court Shoes Spy Love Buy £21.95, Patterned Sheer-sleeve Dress Izabel £28, Carmilla Ear Cuff Katie Rowland £190, Vintage Victorian Black Lace Cuff Fred & Pickles £28, Tempest Hunter Midi Dress with corset detail The Vestry £195.
The first look on the left is probably not going to work in the office, however it is a very sexy style that you can wear for a date or drinks with friends. I really like the leather pencil skirt, and stiletto combination. I would probably pair this with a black shirt or kimono (like this one) over the top of the corset. The ear cuff from Katie Rowland is the newest addition to my wish list; it’s just gorgeous and fits with this look so well. The pink dress from Izabel is a great twist on the style and the vibrant colour brings it nicely into spring work wear.
Mina Harker played by Olivia Llewellyn, is seen only very briefly in episode one; however her costume is really stunning and perfect for a summer look. A cream lace maxi dress will see you through a bohemian summer wedding (but not if it’s a white dress!) or a garden party. Accessories will make the outfit fit the occasion so make sure these are well considered.
Crochet Lace Maxi Dress by Kate Moss for Topshop £180, Carmilla Twisted Ring Katie Rowland £235, Hannah Taupe Multi Buckle Sandal Missguided £39.99, Edith low wedge Gladiator Sandals Linzi £17, Cut out Collar necklace Topshop £14, Lace Dress H & M £59.99.
I love the lace maxi dress by Kate Moss; Topshop often release the stock for her lines in batches so don’t be dismayed if it is out of stock when you look. This image doesn’t do the dress justice, as when seen up close the detailing is incredible! I prefer flats with a maxi style skirt or dress, but if you want that extra lift these multi-buckle sandals from Missguided are a great colour to team with a cream dress. If you prefer the H&M dress on the right then go with white sandals as it will compliment the creamer colour better.
To get the gothic look there are few basics that you’ll need which you can then build on. Below is a selection of my top pieces to give you a great starting point for your own gothic interpretations.
Elle Robe Kiss Me Deadly £85, Audrey Plunge Overbust corset Ava Corsetry £189.50, Studs effect printed two tone Leather large Shopper Handbag Suicide Blonde £545, Rhodium plated silver ring set with amethyst and zircon JCM £ 240, Organza Dreams Peplum Top Lasula £18, Marta Skirt Fazane Malik (Available for pre-order from the end of May).
Kiss Me Deadly create gorgeous retro lingerie including corsets, robes, suspenders and stockings. I featured one of their corsets in Eva’s look and here I have also included one of their stunning robes, you can just imagine yourself swishing around a big gothic house in this sheer chiffon number! To get that gothic Victorian look, shape is very important, so if you are daring enough to try it out, Ava corsetry make fantastic steel boned corsets that will give you the perfect hourglass shape! I really like this shopper bag from Suicide Blonde, as the name of the brand suggests the whole collection is a tad macabre and very in keeping with this style, well worth a look.
Penny Dreadful is on Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky Atlantic