Sherlock Holmes: elementary, tweed!

When we think about England, one way or another we remember of the greatest detective of all time Sherlock Holmes. Pipe, violin, lodgings in Baker Street and unaltered tweed in suit’s details. There is no surprise that Mr. Holmes liked this good fabric, at length, he and tweed became world-recognised symbols of the United Kingdom.

Was there a cap?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a big admirer of tweed and dressed his character in this comfortable and beautiful fabric. Of course, one needs something warm and comfortable to stalk criminals in chilly London! It’s interesting that the famous cap of Holmes is mentioned in the texts a couple times and some sources claim that there is not a word about it at all. But the classical tweed cap was on the illustrations of the first publication of the novel and so stuck in memory of all who have seen it that it became part and parcel of the master of deductive method.

By the way, tweed was worn not only by Holmes but also by his constant friend Dr. Watson. Tweed jacket is very pertinent for walks on Baskervilles’ mires.

Holmes — screwball

Filmmaker Guy Ritchie and actor Robert Downy Jr. created their own image of the detective in the blockbuster about adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It’s Holmes who is a rebel, a superhero in interior of the old England. He is now over energetic then apathetic, curiosity and passion move him, sometimes he is uncontrolled but always charismatic. Wardrobe of the new Sherlock was chosen carefully, details, which viewers were accustomed to, were avoided. Holmes wears tweed jackets but they look deliberately careless and rumpled. Costume director faced a problem of giving an impression as if character’s clothes lie about in piles on the floor and when it’s time to dress, he just unpiles elements of the suit (which sometimes don’t combine with each other).

Watson played by Jude Law is quite the opposite. He is a military veteran, gentleman, neat and pedantic to the very roots. His ideal tweed suits emphasize solidity and gravity of the doctor but one can also notice pixyish look in his eyes.

Holmes — aesthete

The series “Sherlock” produced by BBC has just exploded TV and the Internet and won all viewers’ hearts all over the world instantly. The modern Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch, has gained a fans army, which increases day by day. Refined and sharp-tongued genius, lonely and inapproachable for mainstream people attracts both with his temper and with his appearance. Sherlock is a perfect aesthete and, of course, should dress properly. Modern classic became an ideal variant: tight suits made of broadcloth, flawless shirts. Special attention was paid to a coat: it’s an expensive product made of Irish woollen tweed with waterproof fibres and of slightly military cut. Among other things, it’s impossible to buy the same coat: costumiers have stitched buttonholes of the model with red threads, trying to give dramatic effect to the details.

There is a moment in one of the series, when Sherlock goes out of a building covering his face and putting on in aid of secrecy... the very tweed cap! Such an elegant move gives credit to classic and elicits a smile by viewers: it’s the same good old Holmes.

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