I was thrilled to be asked by the BBC to create five mannequins for a new up and coming period drama, The Ladies Paradise. These four beauties here, which are to be used in the plush front of house and a more drab waspie mannequin for the back working room. I can't wait to see the drama!
The following is taken from the BBC press office...
Based on the novel by Emile Zola, The Ladies' Paradise is a rags-to-riches story about a young girl in the 1890s who arrives in the city and falls in love with the intoxicating and dangerous charms of the modern world. Made homeless by the death of her father, and with nothing to live on but her wits, Denise comes to work as a shop girl at the glittering store, just at the moment when society is waking up to the joys and temptations of shopping. But behind the dazzling facade of the store, she finds a world of intrigues, affairs and shopfloor power struggles.
Creator and writer Bill Gallagher says: "This project has been close to my heart for a long time and I'm thrilled to be making it with the BBC. The Ladies' Paradise is set at exactly the same time as Lark Rise – but now we're in the city, at a time of great change and upheaval, so the series is exciting and constantly dramatic. Like Lark Rise we will explore the lives of a colourful cast of characters struggling to survive and flourish in difficult and dangerous times."
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning says: "A romantic, thrilling and sexy post-watershed relationship drama set in a bustling Northern department store where Bill Gallagher's well-crafted characters will bring an addictive mix of scandal and gossip to BBC One."
The series is made by BBC Drama Productions and created and written by Bill Gallagher for transmission on BBC One in 2013. It begins filming on location next summer.
The stands have been painted in a mid golden tone which works beautifully with the gorgeous Celia fabric.
I haven't sent a newsletter for sometime so here's a quick roundup of "news" from the Corset Laced Mannequin workroom and a few new gal's.
A new version of Papillon in a chartreuse green.
Olivia using a beautiful Designers Guild fabric.
Drab wasp waisted...this is the other darling for the BBC but also available to buy.
I'm sure there's loads more I have forgotten or could waffle on about but I know you're all very busy and need to get on so I'll say goodbye, take care and speak soon, Lucyxx