Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is undoubtedly my favourite newly-discovered costume drama. Set in 1920s Melbourne, portraying adventures of the glamorous, fearless, sharp as a tack, boundary-breaking and at times outrageous, lady detective, the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, played brilliantly by Essie Davis. The ABC Australian TV show is based on the series of detective stories entitled Phryne Fisher Mysteries written by Kerry Greenwood, and continues to be as much of success now as it was in 1989 when “Cocaine Blues” the first novel of the series was published.
I have no intentions of spoiling it for you by revealing the actual storyline but I promise, that you will not be disappointed if you choose to indulge yourself in watching what I call the sexiest detective drama ever filmed. I put the blame of my addiction to watching and re-watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on my Australian mother-in-law who introduced me to the show, probably as an attempt to get me hooked on all things Australian and to tempt me to spend some time there, writing about Australian fashion and beyond. The temptation is indeed more and more difficult to resist and I’m already planning the trip starting of course with building a lavish wardrobe inspired by the 1920s fashion and Miss Fisher herself. It’s not going to be an easy task considering that in those days outfits were designed to be part of an ensemble so that everything matched perfectly, from the shoes, hat and gloves to the actual dress and underwear, after all, it’s what’s underneath that counts most! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when you take into consideration that different outfits were required for different time of the day, a true sense of occasion that’s not at all apparent in our times.
If I do end up in Melbourne, I will definitely make an attempt to meet up with the talented costume designer Marion Boyce who is responsible for the incredibly beautiful and dazzling wardrobe of Phryne Fisher, which consists of over 120 pieces, some original 1920s items, others designed and made by Miss Boyce with the assistance of her talented team, including the milliner Mandy Murphy and Gareth Blaha, who’s hats should definitely be in a museum or in my own wardrobe.
“I don’t look for crime, crime finds me”