Poldark Costume Inspiration

Poldark's costume designer, Marianne Agertoft, shares her fashion inspirations for the series. Poldark airs on Sundays through August 2, 2015 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS.
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Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) costume fitting for Christmas dress, made from embroidered dyed silk. Courtesy of Marianne Agertoft/Mammoth Screen. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece on PBS

Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) costume fitting for Christmas dress, made from embroidered dyed silk. Courtesy of Marianne Agertoft/Mammoth Screen.

Inspiration for Demelza --- Stays, V&A Collection. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Stays

Stays Place of origin: Britain, United Kingdom (made) Date: (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Linen, hand sewn with linen thread, applied ribbon, chamois and whalebone Credit Line: Given by Mrs Strachan

Inspiration for Demelza's costumes --- Le Lever de Fanchon by Nicolas Bernard Lépicié, 1773. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

waking up is hard work Le Lever, Michel-Nicolas-Bernard Lépicié, 1773

Close-up of Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in wedding dress, made from silk dyed multiple times to get the right color and depth. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Close-up of Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in wedding dress, made from silk dyed multiple times to get the right color and depth.

Inspiration for Demelza --- Pet-en-l’air jacket ca. 1780-1790 via Manchester City Galleries. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Pet-en-l'air jacket ca. via Manchester City Galleries This type of jacket is called a pet-en-l'air, and in all honesty, I’m kind of at a loss to know what exactly the difference between a pet-en-l'air and a caraco is.

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in wedding dress, made from silk dyed multiple times to get the right color and depth. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

This image, depicting Demelza in "Poldark," is a great visual for the kinds of long walks taken by Julia in Smuggler's Moon. Love the craggy coastline!

Inspiration for Demelza --- Lady Hamilton (as a Figure in ‘Fortune Telling’) by George Romney, c.1782–4. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

as a Figure in ‘Fortune Telling’)by George RomneyDate painted: on canvas, x 40 cmCollection: Tate

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in Christmas dress, made from embroidered dyed silk. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in Christmas dress, made from embroidered dyed silk.

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in boy costume. Breeches and shirt made from silk and linen, dyed and broken down. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in boy costume. Breeches and shirt made from silk and linen, dyed and broken down.

Close-up of Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) boy costume fitting. Courtesy of Marianne Agertoft/Mammoth Screen. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Close-up of Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) boy costume fitting. Courtesy of Marianne Agertoft/Mammoth Screen.

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in Sunday Best dress, made from silk and wool woven fabric. | Poldark, as seen on Masterpiece PBS

Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in Sunday Best dress, made from silk and wool woven fabric.

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