I’m going to let you in on a guilty pleasure of mine, watching Hercule Poirot. I have developed an entire ritual around watching the show. I brew a pot of tea, make up a plate finger sandwiches and an array of sweets (laid out on the good china of course), don my a period style dress complete with hose, pearls, shoes and makeup then settle onto the couch for an immersion into the world of the past. For all my efforts, I am richly rewarded by a trip into the past and a creative dynamic murder mystery. How fantastic is it to be able to step into the past even if it’s just for an hour and a half?
As my reward for my devotion, the episodes offer a brilliant array of fashion, set design and attention to detail.
For all his years of portraying this brilliant sleuth, David Suchet has never once disappointed. He remains the pinnacle of precision style to me. It’s more than his waxed moustache or the costumer’s focus on details such as the pin on his lapel or the perfectly knotted bowtie but also his focus on the character’s reaction to the vulgarity of changing fashion. The recent episode featured two girls travelling and staying in a hostel. Both wore “short shorts” which in modern times would be seen as rather long. The wince on David’s face at seeing this atrociously blatant flaunting of the female form is priceless. The character of Poirot can be seen to be stuck in the formalities of the past and yet, I think that’s one of the things I adore about him.
Do you have a fictional character who’s style you admire? Feel free to let me know in comments.