One of the most important elements of any Historical adventure is the costumes. Jessica Ozlo began designing and making each of the character’s costumes nearly a year before departing for France, with each actor having their own custom made outfit.
Just the two main gowns alone contain over 100 metres of fabric, presenting a monumental task for our team of talented makers.
But it wasn’t just our femmes fatales who’s costumes presented a challenge. The sleeves on Athos’ doublet were hand embroidered, as well as many of the musketeers’ numerous shirts, which were decorated with beautiful embroidery based on historical patterns.
Being such an important source for an actor to get into character, we had to make sure that each costume suited not only the actor, but the role they were playing, with everything having to be discussed, from the colour, right down to the specific fabric used.
And of course they had to be practical. Choosing a beautiful silk that rips as soon as the actor gets on a horse is an issue, so our team had to make sure the fabric was reinforced, as well as keeping a member of the wardrobe department on hand at all times, equipped with needle and thread, just in case. And who was the worst culprit for splitting his trousers? Unsurprisingly, it’s our nimble Porthos.