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Style Profile: Bertie Wooster

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Connemara, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    As a devoted fan of the brilliant BBC adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's "Jeeves & Wooster", I thought it would be a boon for those SF members unfamilar with the show to have a look at what I consider the greatest costuming ever done for a television program.

    Hugh Laurie (now in an entirely opposite role as Dr. House) made a splendidly buffoonish Wooster. His clothing was absolutely spectacular. It's very easy to admire the classic English gentleman style carried off so well by Wooster, always proper in both town and country attire. The following stills are from a single episode...more shots will be added in future postings.


    Warm weather suiting
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    On board the ship; navy DB blazer, blue repp tie, pinned collar.
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    A smashing DB:
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    Dark grey shooting jacket, complete with bellows pocket at chest:
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    Mid-grey SB with peak lapels and a DB vest:
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  2. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Some more from a block of three episodes (similar costuming):

    Splendid DB flannel:
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    Silk dressing gown:
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    Another shot of that great SB peak lapel grey number:
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    I had trouble getting a good shot of this fellow, but I have to post the photo. He is very Astaire-esque. Note the spectators and discreet ascot. Fantastic.
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    It too was my favorite series on PBS. Hugh Laurie is a genius of an actor
    and House is my most recent favorite. I believe you can get the series on DVD.

    Gary
     


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    Not only is Jeeves and Wooster available on DVD, but the 70s BBC series Wodehouse Playhouse is also now available for hardcore P.G. Wodehouse fans.

    Hugh Laurie was also outstanding in the Black Adder series.
     


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    It's very easy to admire the classic English gentleman style carried off so well by Wooster, always proper in both town and country attire.

    Easy to admire - yes - but those familiar with the television series and the books will recall the running theme that some aspect of Wooster's attire was frequently improper - to the dismay of Jeeves.
     


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    Connemara, thanks for posting the pic's. The actor in the ascot and spectators gave me an idea for an outfit. Who is the actor playing Jeeves, he's a rather big comedic actor in Britain, correct?

    Hugh Laurie was also outstanding in the Black Adder series.
    I love the skit with Byron, Keats, and Shelley discussing syphillis.

    A.
     


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    Connemara, thanks for posting the pic's. The actor in the ascot and spectators gave me an idea for an outfit. Who is the actor playing Jeeves, he's a rather big comedic actor in Britain, correct?
    Stephen Fry. Also writes funny novels and columns.
     


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    Stephen Fry. Also writes funny novels and columns.

    Who also was in Blackadder

    "Potato?"
    "No thanks, I don't"
     


  9. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

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    Easy to admire - yes - but those familiar with the television series and the books will recall the running theme that some aspect of Wooster's attire was frequently improper - to the dismay of Jeeves.

    This is quite true. In the episode those pictures were pulled from, Jeeves kept tut-tutting Bertie for wearing his "American hat"--a white wide-brimmed fedora.
     


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    This is quite true. In the episode those pictures were pulled from, Jeeves kept tut-tutting Bertie for wearing his "American hat"--a white wide-brimmed fedora.

    (Jeeves unpacking, holding the white hat with concerned expression): "Sir, I believe this item has somehow found its way into your wardrobe...

    That's nothing compared with the one where Jeeves discovered monogrammed handkerchiefs in Wooster's closet (Jeeves: I thought practice was limited to those in danger of forgetting their own name...)
     


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    LabelKing Stylish Dinosaur

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    While very pleasing in aesthetics, the important thing to remember is that Jeeves & Wooster was intended, in the best British tradition, as a rather scathing depiction of the middle, and upper classes.
     


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    There was an incident with spats, was there not? Lavender spats?

    Psmith is my favorite Wodehouse character - I love his idea of communism - "Grab what you can, and sit on it".

    He also makes reference to his trouser crease "being acquired by the mattress on which I tossed and turned all night long".
     


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    While very pleasing in aesthetics, the important thing to remember is that Jeeves & Wooster was intended, in the best British tradition, as a rather scathing depiction of the middle, and upper classes.

    I don't know - Waugh was scathing (Vile Bodies). Wodehouse gave them a rather affectionate treatment.
     


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    I don't know - Waugh was scathing (Vile Bodies). Wodehouse gave them a rather affectionate treatment.
    While Wodehouse was affectionate his writing was not particularly complimentary.
     


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    While very pleasing in aesthetics, the important thing to remember is that Jeeves & Wooster was intended, in the best British tradition, as a rather scathing depiction of the middle, and upper classes.

    And that was the thrust of the genre, in general.
     


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