I’ve been re-enacting at Kentwell hall for four years now, this year will be my fifth. And so far I’ve only ever been a Tudor. But this year I’m taking part in their multi-period event.
We’re creating a new area, a new era. The 1920’s.
A lot of research and planning has to go into starting a new station like this. Things I hadn’t thought about thinking about. Like what we were going to have for lunch, how we were going to get it. What we’d do if it rained. How we’d entertain vistors. Etc, etc, etc…
I had mainly focused on costume up until this point, with the Tudor events that’s all I’d really had to think about. They’ve been going for so long, almost all the stations are set up enough that you don’t really need to worry about it that much. But now I, along with some friends, have to plan everything.
So although costume is complicated, and strange, and very different to the costume I’m used to, there’s a lot more to go into.
It’s pretty nerve-racking actually.
The costume for this particular decade is very different from what I’m used to. I now have to worry about my hair, which I previously kept under a coif, so no one could see it any way. Make up is an issue I’m trying to avoid, but it was very popular back then.
I’ve never really worn make-up, not my thing. I always thought I looked kind of like a clown, which isn’t particularly flattering.
Also, heels. I don’t wear heels. Mainly because I fall over, which isn’t going to work too well when attempting to dance the Charleston.
And all of this has to be authentic. The problem with the 1920’s is there’s the possibility of someone who actually remembers it visiting. With the Tudors, and the Georgians, and the Victorians, there isn’t really anyone who actually remembers it, so they can’t come and tell you you’re doing it all wrong. Which is very comforting when you’re trying to accurately portray something like that.
On a whole though I’m definitely looking forward to it. I have to spend the next couple of months trying to sort everything out. From my hat to my name and where I grew up, it all has to be thought out.
But I am looking forward to putting on a pretty dress and going to a 1920’s garden party.