Another BBC movie Tom checked out at our wonderful local library. Series 1 of “The House of Eliott”.  From the back of the DVD: “Set in the lively opulence of high-society London during the Roaring Twenties, Evangeline and Beatrice Eliottt, born into wealth and privilege, are left destitute when their spendthrift father dies suddenly. They have no education or training, just a passion for fashion design. As suitors try to woo them and scoundrels try to trip them up, they make independent, exciting lives for themselves and the women they employ in their house of haute couture.“
My take: Two sisters again (I’m envious, I don’t have a sister). Bea is twelve years older than Evie so their age difference occasionally creates conflict between them. They are indeed destitute when their father dies—he was a philanderer with many women, one of whom he left with a son. The sisters lose their family house, try out various jobs, and wind up with two famous dressmakers in London, only to be fired. They decide to start their own dressmaking company, which is at first dependent on wealthy women getting their own clothes handmade.
Bea visits every bank in London to obtain a loan to capitalize their company. She’s turned down every time—“Women know nothing about business.”
In the meantime, their cousin, a lawyer, is appointed their “guardian” though he’s the same age as Bea. And there you have it again, men controlling women’s wealth. The lawyer (no surprise) turns out to be a crook and Bea forces him to turn over their last inherited funds. She invests the funds in their new business.
My maternal grandmother, Mary, was an excellent seamstress. She hand-sewed many of her own dresses and, when I was a child, my ballet costumes (my costumes were the best in the whole show). She could knit, purl, and embroider. I was fascinated with her talent. I went through a stint of designing my own clothes and sewing them. I even invested in a sewing machine. I was never much good at sewing, though; it takes lots of practice.
“Eliott” is funny, entertaining, and dramatic. Season 1 ends with the house presenting its own collection but they’re sabotaged by a fashion critic. We’ll see Season 2 if the library has it. Recommended.
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