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In 'British', costumes and characters go hand in hand

Hugo Blick’s modern revisionist western The English cannot be easily summed up, the series roams from Oklahoma to Wyoming state, spanning a thousand miles of empty wasteland in the course of six hours. Like many road narratives, it leans toward the bum: characters are introduced and brutally dispatched in one 60 minute episode, then left to “bushwhackers” and vultures to pick clean. An unlikely protagonist for Bleeker? Lady Cornelia Locke (Emily Blunt), a Victorian nobleman who travels to the late century frontier to avenge the death of her son , and Eli Hewlett (Trusk Spencer), a member of the Pawnee Nation and a retired cavalry scout, who intends to claim a few acres in Nebraska as a U.S. veteran.

by Chaske Spencer Eli Whipp is heading north to Nebraska after leaving the US Cavalry in the series opener.

Photo: Diego López Calvín

In the Hollywood tradition of the genre, this is a series where the dialogue is mostly limited to surreptitious threats; Emotional about the date, which is usually a sign they are about to be executed with a pistol, meant that costume designer Phoebe De Guy (Killing Eve )) had to develop a The wardrobe can not only reflect the psychological state of the character, but also stand up to the desolate prairie background of The English. “I realized very early on that clothing could be very revealing,” recalls the BAFTA winner. “It’s really just a character in a landscape. [Production designer] Chris Roope did these fantastic bone structures [to represent frontier towns], but that’s what it is.”

In the first episode, when Cornelia arrives at a ramshackle hotel in the middle of a vast plain, Blunt’s costume makes her immediately beyond her depths, painfully obvious. Her rose-pink dress with lamb sleeves and lace-trimmed hat Cecil Beaton might have designed for My Fair Lady feels completely unnatural in the American landscape— — the equivalent of tailoring an X on her back. “In the first draft of the script, she was described as arriving in America in white, but I saw an interesting portrait of a woman from that period by the academic painter James Jebusa Shannon Wearing a very pale travel outfit in pink. Hugo responded immediately to this.”




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