Without having seen it, and just from some brief Googling, headgear isn't as ubiquitious as it would have been. Although in theatre it tends to be a catch 22 because headwear can obscure their faces and interfere with lighting. But it is still better than many attempts from Hollywood.
Then there's the habit of dressing most of the characters in drab-coloured clothing, despite the variety of dyes available at the time. For example, I just saw the latest Robin Hood (it was $1.50 and air conditioned!) and I kept twitching because the lower classes were mostly dressed in black, which was a more expensive dye at the time (do you know how many oak galls it takes for a decent batch? I do, and it's not fun). There does seem to be more variety in Pillars of the Earth than in typical productions, though.
The embroidered(?) design on one of Aliena's dresses is much later, to the best of my knowledge (appears to be flowering branches). But details on the designs that are appropriate to that period are rarely depicted in secondary sources. And I believe that the damasks used on some of the characters also wasn't available until later. The embroidery details from a few stills are somewhat impressive for being apparently plain satin stitch.
Earrings, to the best of my knowledge, were not popular on western Europe at this time. They were quite popular further East, but even those were of different designs than what they used in the miniseries. The rings, on the other hand (pun intended), are fairly accurate in both their popularity amongst the characters and their style. Why can't the photographers do closeups on their hands? Sheesh, you'd think they didn't expect authenticity wonks to study them closely or something.
Then on some of the close-ups I am seeing grommets. *Twitch.* And the recent infatuation with putting at least one female character into pants and/or armour is getting more than a little overdone. While it wasn't unheard of, it was nowhere near as common as modern audiences are led to believe. Am I the only one who saw Queen Maud's long hair flowing free over her chain mail and thought, "Ow, that's going to hurt when it tangles in the links"?
On the other hand, I am seeing some lovely blues which could easily have been done with woad. And the cloaks seem to be of the right cut and style, from what I can see in the stills. Even if they didn't use all authentic materials, they seem to have done an excellent job of at least getting the texture and sheen right.
Disclaimer: I am not a laurel nor anyone else of any authentical authority, just random bits of knowledge I have picked up along the way.
Ok, I am done nitpicking.
~Runa da Krafla
Some women are in the SCA for the parties. Some are in it for the fighters. And then some of us are here for the pretty fabrics.
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> From: fionnghualaingheanuilliam@...
> Date: Sun, 25 Jul 2010 18:22:47 +0000
> Subject: [SCA-Garb] Pillars of the Earth
> I just saw the first 2 episodes of the series, Pillars of the Earth on Starz and am wondering how accurate the costumes are (I'm not familar with 12th century clothing)....anyone here have any thoughts?
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