In any film or TV series, style and fashion play very critical roles. Costumes allow directors and producers to pass a certain message about the lifestyle of certain characters; it also allows the audience to connect with the film and view it as something real. In addition to that, style and fashion helps in understanding which period the movie was set since style and fashion have been changing over time. Peaky Blinders and fashion
In the TV series Peaky Blinders, fashion and style to depict the periods of the 1900s are very dominant. One excellent scene that demonstrates the use of 1920s and 1930s attire is when Bonnie Gold is murdered by the dangerous Billy Boys in season five episode two.
Wearing hats is one of the visible fashion of the 1920s and 1930s in the death of Bonnie scene. All the Billy boys are wearing hats. Hats in those periods were considered a powerful tool of men. It was not only a form of clothing but a way of life. Some people wore hats because they complemented each type of clothing, whether official or casual. Hats or portrayed a particular culture; in Peaky Blinders, the hats worn by Billy boys showed the culture of gangsters. Generally, the hat brings out some sense of class in the TV series.
Another form of style and fashion is the wearing of well-tailored suits. In the above-mentioned scene, Billy Boys are wearing suits. Suites were a common form of dressing for men in the 1920s and 1930s. In most cases, the rich men of England wore suites to show class and wealth, but it was also common for gangs to wear suites to show they possess some form of power. Suites also provided some form of warmth that was needed during the winter season. The elegance of the three-piece suite in the TV series Peaky Blinders is visible.
On top of the suite is an outer coat popularly known as a trench coat. Jimmy McCavern’s coat visible in that scene. In the 20s and the 30s, the coat was worn as a complement to the inside attire and also had a protective shield from the cold. The coat’s color is used to match the man’s trouser or a color shade that allows mix and match to bring the stylish aspect. The trench coats in the Peaky Blinders are long enough to give the gangs uniformity when they are walking. It also gives an impression of the big physical body of the Billy Boys.
Well-designed boots are also part of the attire in Peaky Blinders. In the killing of Bonnie scene. The Billy Boys are wearing boots that give a trendy look when matched with the pants. Boots were worn in the 1920s and 1930s for two reasons. As a form of protection, the leather and the rubber sole protected the feet from a physical hazard. In addition to safety, it also gave a feeling of superiority and a sign of wealth. In the TV series, the gangs use the boots as a form of weapon. In the scene, Jimmy McCavern gives Bonnie’s father a kick that causes serious bleeding. Apart from the class and elegance, the costumes used in Peaky Blinders are aimed at demonstrating the cultural and time setting of the TV series.