Last updated on January 5th, 2023 at 12:37 pm
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is undoubtedly my favourite newly-discovered costume drama. Set in 1920s Melbourne, portraying the 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 a success now as it was in 1989 when “Cocaine Blues” the first novel of the series was published.
I have no intention 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 for 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.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Wardrobe
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 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 times 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, whose hats should definitely be in a museum or in my own wardrobe.
“I don’t look for crime, crime finds me”
“I’d never presume to judge a woman on the basis of her morals. I’m only interested in solving a murder case.”
“Intelligent women do have their uses, Inspector.”
“A woman should dress first and foremost for her own pleasure.”
“I’m concealing a lot of things. That’s what a lady does”
“My sins are too many and too varied to repent. And frankly, I intend to continue sinning.”
“There is nothing more divine than the touch of silk lingerie caressing the skin.”
“Oh, yes. When it comes to seduction, the East have a few thousand years’ heads start on us.”
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Marvelous Wardrobe