ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Reinventing the Deerstalker: How the BBC Modernized Holmes's Outfits

Updated on February 12, 2015
Source

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most iconic characters in the world. His first adventure was published in 1887, over 125 years ago. Since that time, interest in the lore has continued to inspire generations through countless imitations, parodies, adaptions, and extremely analytical essays. There is no denying that the words of Sir Authur Conan Doyle were powerful. The illustrations by Sidney Paget gave the world Sir Doyle created new life.

One new adaption is the BBC television mini-series Sherlock, which aired starting in 2010. It attempts to take the world of Sherlock Holmes and bring him into the modern day. By all accounts, this attempt was successful, with positive responses from critics and fans. Much of this success can be attributed to the series's attention to detail. From nods to past adaptions to hints of events to come, this series as chock full of detail as the stories it was birthed from. Even details overlooked by most Sherlock fans can provide interesting stories. For example, how did Sherlock get that coat?

How do we turn this...
How do we turn this... | Source

The Image of an Icon

If I were to ask you for a description of the classic Sherlock Holme's outfit, I would probably get three items:

  1. A Deerstalker
  2. An Inverness Coat
  3. A Pipe

It is true that the Sherlock Holmes Doyle wrote of would have owned all three items. However, he would have not worn all three items together. A deerstalker cap was worn in the country, as its name might imply. The Inverness coat, on the other hand,was considered formal attire. Wearing both of these items at the same time would have gotten Holmes laughed out of the room.

Holmes wore the same sorts of things as other gentlemen of his era. This meant he would usually wear a top hat, a long coat, a vest, a button down shirt, a tie or cravat, and dark trousers.

into something that fits here?
into something that fits here? | Source

A Quote from the Costume Department

BBC's costume designer Sarah Arthur was quoted by GQ as saying the following:

"Holmes would not have any interest in fashion so I went for classic suits with a modern twist: narrow-leg trousers and a two-button, slim-cut jacket. I also went for slim-cut shirts and a sweeping coat for all the action scenes - it looks great against the London skyline."

It turns out the outfits worn on the show are also similar to what a Victorian man would have worn. There are many parallels between the old outfits and the new ones.

The Inverness vs. The Milford

The Inverness coat is one of the most notable parts of a Sherlock Holmes costume to the point where, in the modern world, someone wearing an Inverness coat would look like nobody else. This posed a problem for the costume designers of the show, who wanted him to look modern. It would appear they took the basic look of the Inverness and revamped it using a Milford coat from Belstaf. Both coats have a close-fitting silhouette and go past the wearer's hip.

Do you like the redesign of Sherlock Holmes?

See results

The Cravat vs. The Scarf

A cravat is one of the fist pieces of clothing mentioned in A Study in Scarlet, the first Holmes story. It is a small, unruffled piece of cloth worn around the neck, similar to a necktie. It is another item that, while fashionable at the time, are not worn nowadays. Sherlock's costume designers used a blue scarf to cover their titular character's neck.

The Shirt and The Trousers

Men in the Victorian Era always wore a button-up shirt. It did not matter the day, the time, or the dress code; if there was a man at some sort of a gathering, he would be wearing a shirt that buttoned up the front. They would also wear full trousers wherever they went. Most modern people wear jeans and t-shirts. Holmes never does. He is usually sporting a shirt that buttons and a pair of trousers.


I say "usually" because there was one time he turned a bed-sheet into a toga and wore it in public. I won't be talking about it; Doyle's Holmes never made linens the basics of an outfit.

I never said I wouldn't show it.
I never said I wouldn't show it. | Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Molly Layton profile imageAUTHOR

      Molly Layton 

      3 years ago from Alberta

      Thank you.

    • Akriti Mattu profile image

      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      This is such a cool post.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)