Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Maid Marian's Wardrobe - A Medieval Fashion Event!!!

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. :)


Ëarwen said...

NO WAY!!!!!!

Beth Ann said...

This should be prove to be quite enteresting! :) Wonderful idea Amanda.

Ashley said...

What a great idea Amanda!!! I'm so in!

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Oooo! I am definitely going to try and do this!!
I love the BBC Robin Hood Series (and the Errol Flynn one!) but was quite disappointed (to put it lightly) when they killed Marian off! What is Robin without Maid Marian? Grr.

Can't wait till this event!!

Anna Kristine said...

Happy *sigh*. :) I forgot how much I've missed talking about Maid Marian's fashion. I can't wait!
That also reminds me...I'm falling way behind on my Merry Men costume studies.
Oooh...I hope I can get a dress made for this! I am in desperate need of some Medieval garb you know. ;)

Anna Kristine said...

Oh...and can I use ALL your banners? haha JK I just love them all. :)

Julia said...

Looks like fun! Will enjoy the posts when they come.
A totally non-related comment to your post... :o)
I was wondering what program you use to make your banners?

The Accessory Lady said...

This is going to be great fun! I look forward to it!

Marian said...

How fun!!! I plan to do it. :D

Amy said...

This is a great idea, and my sister and I will definitely be participating!!! :D

Natasha Atkerson said...

OH MY GOSH!!!! I can't wait! Your so awesome! Thanks so much! I already have a pattern I'm gonna use AHHHHHH!!!! Another sewing project!:)P

Margeaux said...

This sounds great! I'm definitely considering participating.
I've been taking a break from my blog for awhile now, but this might be the encouragement I need to pick it up again :)
Perhaps you could have a crafts-project contest too? For example, contestants could sew, knit, or craft something Maid Marian related...

Event Managment Services said...

Really, it is a great idea. my brother and I will definitely be participating.....

Amanda Flynn said...

Yay! I'm so glad that so many of you are interested and excited! If you all participate with the amount of enthusiasm you have shown, it should prove to be a lot of fun. :)

Jessica - I know! *sad* I could have forgiven it, but those last two episodes (of Season 2) were so poorly executed that it just made me even more miserable. :P

Anna Kristine - lol. Thanks! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Julia - I used Adobe Photoshop CS2. I am such a Photoshop girl... :)

Natasha - Yay! I'm excited to see the finished product!

Margeaux - Oh! What a great idea! I'll be adding it to the post - thanks for passing it along! :)

QueenOfLillyFlowers said...

you have to do a post on marian's return in season 3! Angelic...

Sarah said...

Hey Amanda! I just gave you a blog award(don't worry,there's no "homework" you have to do once you get it!)


~Lauraborialice said...

I love Robin Hood!! :D

Bracie said...

Neat-o!!!So I'm curious- will you link to all the people who are doing it so I can read their Marian posts????

Please respond!

Natasha said...

I posted your blog on that Sense and Sensibility forum you gave me, and I've found at least 6 for sures, who want to participate, and about 180 views!!! I thought that would be a good way to publisize your blog, they all seem very inthusiastic!

Amanda Flynn said...

QueenOfLillyFlowers - I am DEFINITELY doing the costume at the end of season three. :)

Sarah - Thank you so much!

Bracie - Yep, there will be a box where everyone will be able to add their links, and you will be able to click and read them all. :)

Natasha - I already zipped over to the board and posted on the thread, but I just want to thank you again for sharing the event. I appreciate it! :)

Joanna said...

I just want to say I'm looking forward to the Maid Marian Weekend and I shall be using it as an excuse to update my blog with my collection of medieval gowns. I'm one of the Sense and Sensibility Forum girls and I'm a huge fan of anything medieval. Robin Hood has to be THE all time greatest hero of English Folklore!

~Miss Raquel said...

I would LOVE to do this, but I think I'll have to pass. :( could I take some of the banners anyway? :) I LOVE the "Robin Hood" with Errol Flynn and Olivia DeHavilland!!
Nice blog!
~Miss Raquel

~Miss Raquel said...

You know what? The only reason I said that I wouldn't be able to do this is because I don't have my nice camera with me now (Mother took it to Hawaii! :), but if you don't mind pictures with a ugly date numbers at the bottom, I'll enter! :) I've been thinking of things to wear, and I think I have 3 outfits so far! :)

~Miss Raquel

Amanda Flynn said...

Miss Raquel - Go ahead! Anything you come up with is a great contribution to the event! I'm having so much fun! :)