December 13, 2008
I chanced upon this British television series while rummaging through a friend’s torrent-downloaded TV show collection while listening to a boring lecture. Airing in the UK from 1990 to 1993, it starts a young Hugh Laurie (House) as old-rich bum Bertie Wooster and Stephen Fry as Jeeves, Wooster’s well-informed valet (pronounced va-let), much like a butler/nanny for the very rich.
Stephen Fry as Jeeves and Hugh Laurie as Wooster
Being British and set in the 1920′s/1930′s, the show takes quite an effort to understand, and even when I’m listening closely, I confess, I can only understand 80% of what the characters are saying. Nevertheless, I think the show masterfully employs a comedy style that transcends eras and language barriers. It’s got both the dry sense of humor the British are known for and a light dose of Mr. Bean slapstick which make for a laugh-out-loud viewing experience.
Hugh Laurie as Wooster in what seems to be an ivory tail-less tuxedo jacket (cut much like the recently resurrected marching band jackets of yesteryear) with gold buttons and epaulettes (!)
The wardrobe is a delight to see, why else would I be writing about the show on this blog anyways? Hugh Laurie’s character Wooster, a member of the idle rich, is a bit of an eccentric dandy, favoring bolder sartorial choices than what was currently in fashion then. Never short of luncheons, dinners, nights out on the town, and weekends in the country, he always has somewhere to go to dress up. It also helps that he’s six-foot-three and on the skinny side, making his bespoke suits drape perfectly on him.
Here he is on his way to the gentleman’s club. I love the short double breasted waistcoat paired with full, high-waisted pleated trousers.
Close-up of the same outfit. Note to self: try wearing a freshly cut rose as a boutonniere one of these days.
Intensely dandy, Wooster wears extra-full pleated glen-plaid trousers tucked into yellow socks that match his yellow plaid waistcoat to play golf. Michelle, inspiration for your golf pro outfit!
We can learn a thing or two from the duo Jeeves and Wooster regarding matters of accessorizing. Brown leather gloves, oxfords, and fedora go well with a mouse-gray suit. Jeeves’ signature bowler hat is the perfect complement to his perpetual sly grin.
For Bertie Wooster, style is a round-the-clock committment. He always wears a full-on tux to dinner:
and goes to bed in immaculate pj’s.
Must download more episodes.