Set in 1919 England, with a story line centered on an Irish youth gang, it’s become a cult obsession. It’s the show Peaky Blinders, in its fourth season on Netflix.
The show is undeniably male focused, as Thomas Shelby and the gang of Peaky men make up the Blinders. Yet its the female characters that round out the story, and bring a fierce and strong set of voices. In one of the most iconic scenes thus far, the women stroll arm-in-arm down the street in protest…adorned in absolutely stunning 1920’s clothing and jewels.
I’ve been obsessed with the show from the beginning, particularly the female fashion that evolves along with the show’s timeline. Fueled by this obsession, Kylene Cleaver of Leave It To Me Photography and I set out to do a styled photo shoot inspired by the show.
With a cast of real people, genuine antique and period-accurate clothing and jewelry, and a setting and furniture to match, we recreated several scenes from the series and took creative liberty with others. Sourcing for the vintage clothing and accessories came from a variety of places, including the Brimfield Antiques Show, Spake as a Child Vintage, and Briar Vintage.
Brocade, silk, satin, gold, diamonds, enamel…the combination of vintage clothing and jewelry can be intoxicating! We collaborated with photographer Kylene Cleaver of Leave It To Me Photography to pull together an epic styled photoshoot, with a vibrant color story, feminine details, and a modern edge.
Like any good photoshoot, hair and makeup were key to bring the story to life. We were lucky enough to partner with Leisa Kanienberg of iMakeupArtistry for vintage inspired makeup, and Lauren Thrailkill from the Velvet Hair Studio for beautiful hair. It was amazing to see them match the hair and makeup so perfectly to the outfits!
Once the hair, makeup, and outfits were ready, it was time for us to style the jewelry. We created jewelry sets for each look, with jewelry spanning Victorian times through the 1980’s. Our goal was not one set time period, but rather to compliment the colors of the vintage clothing and the personalities of each of the ladies.
Then the time came! Kylene worked her magic behind the lens, taking incredible photos of each of the models.
Cynthia’s look was all about soft lines and draping, and a classic style reminiscent of decades past. Cascading waves finished the look, and her cat eye was on point!
Gina had a Mafia-meets-Peaky Blinds vibe – so fierce! We just can’t get over the gorgeous combination of that green and peach. Her jewelry matched her look, bold.
Vintage green strapless dress
Retro 1960’s orange suede and fur collar coat
Gold filled bib necklace (email for inquiries), 1940’s Chinese enamel bird pin, a funky and amazing gold filled watch ring (Stacey’s personal collection), a H. Stern domed sputnik ring, and Italian micro mosaic bracelet (sold).
Kate’s look was classic meets modern, and a focus on texture and movement. This woman knows how to strike a pose!
Last but certainly not least is the ethereal and romantic look of Kathleen. You can’t get much more feminine and beautiful!
See-through vintage lace top, with an Edwardian feel
Coral tiered tulle skirt, which Kylene repurposed from a vintage dress
Earrings were doubled up, with tourmaline scarab drops paired with vintage opal gold filled studs (not yet listed – email for inquiries). Bracelets were stacked, with costume jewelry paired with fine jewelry – a half carat gold diamond hinged bangle, antique hinged opal bangle, and brass and purple glass bracelet. One lone ring made it into the mix – a stunning Victorian garnet ring (Stacey’s personal collection).
What a day! Thank you to our gorgeous models – strong, amazing and real women – Gina, Diana, Kate, Cynthia and Kathleen. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Stay tuned on the blog for upcoming styled shoots.