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Emmy Nominated Costume Designer Marion Boyce Talks About Her Love Of Vintage Fashion And More

In honor of the return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, I decided to speak to one of the former costume designers; Marion Boyce is an award winning costume designer who’s known for her out standing work in movies such as the 'The Dress Maker' and many others.

I’ve always loved Miss Fisher’s outfits. They are always so fashionable, eccentric, and complement her perfectly. I often model a lot of my outfits after hers. So you can imagine how excited I was to have a chance to speak with the women that designed them - I wanted to know how she developed such a passion for vintage fashion and how she first came to love it.

In honor of the return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in the form of a new series entitled “Crypt Of Tears,” I decide to speak to one of the former costume designers, Marion Boyce. I’ve always loved Miss Fisher’s outfits - they are always so fashionable, eccentric, and complement her perfectly. I often model a lot of my outfits after hers - so you can imagine how exited I was to have a chance to speak with the women that designs them. I wanted to know how she developed such a passion for vintage fashion. And how she first came to love it.    Q: You seem to have such a passion for vintage fashion, and fashion in general. At what point in your life do you think you really started to realize your passion for it?  A: “I truly do love textiles and fashion - especially vintage fashion. Designers truly knew how to make clothing shine back then. I spent my childhood rummaging through my great grandmother's trunk of lace and linen. Playing in my mother's jewelry drawers. Looking back on my childhood, I think I spent a lot of time in my own fantasy land.”

Q: You seem to have such a passion for vintage fashion, and fashion in general. At what point in your life do you think you really started to realize your passion for it?

A: “I truly do love textiles and fashion - especially vintage fashion. Designers truly knew how to make clothing shine back then. I spent my childhood rummaging through my great grandmother's trunk of lace and linen and playing in my mother's jewelry drawers. Looking back on my childhood, I think I spent a lot of time in my own fantasy land.”

You said in an interview with Tara Moss that you didn't want to create your own line because you didn't want to follow trends. What would you say is the difference between vintage fashion and fashion today and why you do you tend to lean more towards vintage fashion?

A: “My favorite place to be is in the workroom. Watching a garment being assembled and doing hand work - I tend to do vintage shows, as you have more opportunity to create. I also very much enjoy high end fashion pieces.”

Q: Are there any stars or designer from the past that you take inspiration from?

A: Balenciaga, Lanvin, Vionnet, Halston, Madame Gres, and 
Alexander McQueen.”

In honor of the return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in the form of a new series entitled “Crypt Of Tears,” I decide to speak to one of the former costume designers, Marion Boyce. I’ve always loved Miss Fisher’s outfits - they are always so fashionable, eccentric, and complement her perfectly. I often model a lot of my outfits after hers - so you can imagine how exited I was to have a chance to speak with the women that designs them. I wanted to know how she developed such a passion for vintage fashion. And how she first came to love it.    Q: You seem to have such a passion for vintage fashion, and fashion in general. At what point in your life do you think you really started to realize your passion for it?  A: “I truly do love textiles and fashion - especially vintage fashion. Designers truly knew how to make clothing shine back then. I spent my childhood rummaging through my great grandmother's trunk of lace and linen. Playing in my mother's jewelry drawers. Looking back on my childhood, I think I spent a lot of time in my own fantasy land.”

Q: Your favorite era in fashion was the ‘20s. Why is that?

A: Late 1920s and early 1930s are my favourite. Because of the elegant and languid use off divine exotic textiles.”

Q: Have you ever experimented with vintage fashion with your own wardrobe?

A: “When I am doing a period show (any period) at the end of the show, I have succeeded in taking on many of the design characteristics of the period! Now I just need to apply it.
Right now, I wear mostly vintage accessories.”

Q: You have an extensive book collection. Which book would you most recommend for Vintage fashion enthusiast who are just starting out?

A: “Books are a fantastic source of information. It’s very hard to pick a favourite one. I always travel with “The Art Of Costume And Personal Appearance.” It’s a book by Grace Morton, the late associate professor of home economics and head of textile and clothing division university of Nebraska, 1943.”

In honor of the return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in the form of a new series entitled “Crypt Of Tears,” I decide to speak to one of the former costume designers, Marion Boyce. I’ve always loved Miss Fisher’s outfits - they are always so fashionable, eccentric, and complement her perfectly. I often model a lot of my outfits after hers - so you can imagine how exited I was to have a chance to speak with the women that designs them. I wanted to know how she developed such a passion for vintage fashion. And how she first came to love it.    Q: You seem to have such a passion for vintage fashion, and fashion in general. At what point in your life do you think you really started to realize your passion for it?  A: “I truly do love textiles and fashion - especially vintage fashion. Designers truly knew how to make clothing shine back then. I spent my childhood rummaging through my great grandmother's trunk of lace and linen. Playing in my mother's jewelry drawers. Looking back on my childhood, I think I spent a lot of time in my own fantasy land.”

Q: You’ve designed for shows such as Miss Fisher's Mysteries and movies such as “The Dressmaker.” Which costumes are the most memorable for you and why?

A: “I cannot remember a time when I was not collecting. Even as a small child, I remember collecting “treasures.” I currently have a show “The bowerbird and the bride” that has a lot of my treasures that I have been collecting for years - not only frocks, but accoutrements. I have many favourites.”

Q: At what point in you life did you start collecting vintage fashion? And what is the first ever piece that you had ever collected?

A: “I cannot remember a time when I was not collecting. Even as a small child, I remember collecting “treasures.” I currently have a show “The bowerbird and the bride” that has a lot of my treasures that I have been collecting for years - not only frocks, but accoutrements. I have many favorites.”


Q: You have a vast collection of vintage clothing, which piece would you say is your favorite and most treasured piece from it and why?

A: “A  hand embroidered hank chief from WW2 bride made with love and given to her war groom to wear in his pocket next to his heart. The collection has been put together as an ode to vintage dressmakers. I am in awe of there skills.”

Q: Are there any future projects that we can look forward to?

A: “The gloaming is my most recent release. It comes out on january first.”

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