Yay! The beautiful and courageous maiden who has been an inspiration to women all over the world for hundreds of years finally gets her own online event! It can't get much better than that! :)
After all the fun we had in June during the AmandaBeth Summer Fashion Week, I was pondering when I should plan my next online event and what I could do to make it fun and different from the first time. Well, Maid Marian has been getting a lot of attention here at the blog over the past year. I have been running a popular series of costume studies called Maid Marian's Wardrobe. These studies have gone through each and every piece worn by Maid Marian (Lucy Griffiths) in the BBC television drama "Robin Hood". And it's been FUN.
Now that the TV series has drawn to an end, I wanted to find some way to continue all the great fashion-y inspirations we enjoyed, while celebrating all things Marian and Robin over the years. Thus the event. :)
Maid Marian's Wardrobe - A Medieval Fashion Event will run as a "long weekend", from Friday October 23 through Monday October 26. Here at AmandaBeth I will be posting a last costume study from the BBC TV show, featuring Maid Marian's beautiful finale ensemble, and will be including a great list of costume resources for the series, so that you can continue to study and enjoy the lovely fashions. I will also publish a feature on the costumes worn by Olivia de Havilland in the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood (a longtime favorite film of mine starring, Errol Flynn - who else? ;) and it promises to be lots of fun!
So, if you are still wondering how you participate in this event, you've got quite a few choices. You are encouraged to prepare however many posts you wish to publish on your blog over the "weekend" of the event. (The idea here is that tons of blogs around the world will be saturated with fashion-y "Maid Marian" posts. That has got to grab people's attention! :) The posts can be on any Maid Marian (or Robin Hood) related topic that you want, whether it's a review of your favorite film adaptation, a post on your favorite movie costume, or anything else you come up with.
I also want to encourage you to do a few posts of your OWN Maid Marian-inspired fashion. Whether you dress up in your best medieval garb and do a photo shoot or showcase those favorite modern pieces that you like to pull together for a contemporary "Marian" look, be sure to post your pictures!
There will also be at least one giveaway over the weekend and who knows what else we will cook up! Please use the comments section to post your ideas or suggestions - I will definitely consider them!
Similar to the structure of Summer Fashion Week, I will have a box where you can post all of your blog links and also a Flickr album available to upload your photos. As far as choosing a "best of" the weekend, I will have a few different categories you can enter (these could change if I get more ideas).
Maid Marian or Robin Hood Related Blog Post - Pick your topic and run with it! You can get creative and write on whatever subject you choose, just keep it clean and interesting! ;)
Medieval Maid Marian - Dress up in your favorite medieval dress, pretend to be Maid Marian for the day and do a photo shoot. I am a huge fan of historical inspired photo shoots and I'd love to see some "magazine spread" quality pics. Go all out! :)
Modern Marian Fashion - One of the coolest things about the costumes in the BBC Robin Hood show were the modern fashion pieces. Here's where you pull pieces from your OWN wardrobe to create a totally contemporary Marian-inspired outfit (or two! or three! :). It's amazing what you can come up with!
"Crafty" Maid Marian - Marian-inspired homemade craft/sewing items. This includes costumes, jewelry, or accessories. They must have been made with either "Maid Marian" directly in mind, or created recently in anticipation of this event. So, a medieval dress you made for the opening of The Lord of the Rings does not count - although you are welcome to wear it in your photographs for the Medieval Maid Marian category.
I (and a small panel of "judges") will be selecting the best posts and photos in each category and those will go up for voting at the conclusion of the event (similar to what we did during Fashion Week). I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with (and I've got a few ideas of my own! :).
I think I've covered most of the important points of this event, so I'll leave you all with a bunch more banners (boy did I get carried away - hope you find one you like! ;) that you can grab for your blogs or web sites. Click on the picture to see the full size image (they open quite large). Then right click the image and save it to your computer and upload it to your site. All blogs/sites that are participating will either need to have a banner somewhere on their front page, or one included in their "Marian" posts. Make sure all banners and images link back to this post at - http://amandabethonline.blogspot.com/2009/08/maid-marians-wardrobe-medieval-fashion.html
I also created a few banners with Olivia de Havilland as Marian, if those suit your classic movie actress fancy. :)
So... what do you think and what are your ideas? I'm looking forward to them. :)