I found out only yesterday that there is a new movie of Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth, her memoir of her experiences as a VAD in the Great War, and the devastating repercussions of that war on women's lives. I was one of those who was deeply moved by the 1979 television serial with Cheryl Campbell as Brittain, so that I was interested to learn more about the new film.
It was a pleasant surprise, and rather a relief after writing so recently about the "Outlander" knitwear, to see immediately -- since the above still was the very first thing I saw when I Googled the film -- that there are a number of historically-accurate knitted garments worn by Brittain (played by Alicia Vikander) in the film. Perhaps the designer's task was made a bit easier, since there is much more available in the way of fashion plates, photographs, and actual patterns, but there it is. Brittain herself was very interested in clothing, despite her bluestocking air, so it is good to see that the costumes for the film reflect this -- in fact, the blue outfit below is apparently intentionally rather like her description of what she wore when arriving at Oxford, “a flimsy lace frock under a pale blue and grey reversible satin cloak, and an unsubstantial little pair of high-heeled white suede shoes.”
A lovely ensemble, with the high-waisted skirt and the Edwardian-but-not-too-much-so details. This cardigan would hardly be out-of-place in any period in the subsequent century.
I think that Vera should perhaps be wearing some, er, undergarments here, but this silky jumper is lovely. (Curious, that Roland's trousers have buttons for his braces, and yet he has none ... but he is apparently going for the louche Rupert-Brooke effect.)
Two more images of the garter-stitch beret, though rather less of that fancifully-embroidered slipover:
Harper's Bazaar has an interesting article about the film's costumes, including many photos. I must admit that I rather lust after that black velvet hat ...