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Boardwalk Empire – who knew the Prohibition was so god damn stylish?

Boardwalk Empire first graced our TV screens in September 2010, and boy are we glad it did! Having comparisons to Mad Men, particularly in the fashion scheme of things – Boardwalk Empire is making the Prohibition look desirable in terms of styling and costume. Forget Mad Men and the Sixties – it’s all about the Twenties now.

In case you are not familiar with the 1920s period drama (shame on you if this is the case!) here is a short summary of what the award winning TV series is all about:

Based during the Prohibition era, Boardwalk Empire focuses on  Enoch “Nucky” Thompson a corrupt political figure who controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey in the 1920s and 1930s yet was bootlegging alcohol himself. Adapted from the book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City by Nelson Johnson – the HBO TV series was scripted by award winning screenwriter and producer Terence Winter of The Sopranos. Now come on, HBO joining forces with Terence Winter had success written all over it from the beginning. That’s not all. Directing this masterpiece is no other than Martin Scorsese who is well known for his gangster films such as Goodfellas, therefore the perfect choice in showing the criminality and violence in Boardwalk Empire. The first episode had a final cost of $18 million which received the title of the most expensive pilot episode ever produced in television history.

The love I have for this television programme is strong. A true love at first sight moment was had when I first watched the trailer below, now you give it a try.

Costume designer John Dunn is the man to thank for the brilliant costume choices shown in both series one and two. Just thinking about what the wardrobe would be like on the set of Boardwalk Empire is far too exciting, it would be more like a three-story department store than a wardrobe.

Beautifully cut suits, period lingerie, beaded flapper dresses, top hats and perfectly polished 1920s shoes are so very desirable and goes to show what life you could lead back then with power on your side.

Don’t worry this is not the last time you will read about Boardwalk Empire on here, I’m a massive fan in case you hadn’t noticed, so keep your eyes peeled. Coming soon: How to dress like you’re from the Prohibition era – Boardwalk Empire v.s. high street.

Catch Boardwalk Empire on Sky Atlantic, Wednesdays at 10.15pm

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