Associate lecturer Katy Hackney recently worked as the costume researcher on the Suffragette movie.
Working alongside the movie’s costume designer Jane Petrie, Katy tells us the costumes were inspired by these and similar surveillance photos taken by police and Edward Lindley Sambourne. Looking for photos of real women and clothing in action to build a picture of everyday life as opposed to the ‘buttoned-up’ aesthetic we are used to seeing of the period. What better way to do that than turning to the archives? These images below capture a sense of timelessness and Katy tells us, if you see the film, you might see a similar coat to the one in image 12.
Image credit: National Portrait Gallery London – Police surveillance photographs of militant suffragettes – for a long time the only portraits the NPG had of the women. (From: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jul/24/portrait-angry-lady-suffragette-christabel-pankhurst-national-portrait-gallery)