Vogue Interview Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne Homicide on the Orient Categorical.

Judi Dench tackles the position of snooty Russian aristocrat, Princess Natalia Dragomiroff. Earlier than dressing her, Byrne studied the wardrobes of Russian émigrés residing in Paris after the Revolution. “Some exiles continued to decorate lavishly whereas others turned to plainer clothes. In fact, Princess Dragomiroff belongs within the former class – however moreover her luxurious mink coat, her jewelry outshines her garments. Despite the fact that the Thirties was the period of ‘paste’ jewelry, as popularized by Chanel, there’s little doubt that each one of many Princess’s knuckle duster of rings is real. She would have introduced them along with her from Russia.”

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