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May 12, 2006

Much more sensible than drinking from her shoe


Rumour has it the classic Coupe de champagne was first modelled on Madame de Pompadour's breast. Sadly, it turns out this particular champagne glass not only precedes her but is not even French. That's one more in the British design column... result!

Such is the English obsession that it is no surprise to me that four of the top five Google Trends returns for "corset" should originate in the UK. What Tehren is doing in the top spot is another matter. I am on a fact-finding mission of another kind with this post, however, and need to ask Flea-readers to be not distracted by the vision of Sophia Myles (that's So-PHI-a, btw) as Madame de Pompadour in the latest Dr. Who episode, "The Girl in the Fireplace".

What I am after is this tie.


I was thinking to write to the good folks at the Beeb but judging by their faq they are not likely to be terribly helpful. Too many people asking the same questions.

Where can I get clothes I've seen in the series from?

David Tennant's costume was especially designed and made - except for the trainers! Most of Billie Piper's outfits are also made by the BBC costume department. Christopher Eccleston's leather jacket was found in a second-hand clothes store. It's very old, and we don't know who made it, we're afraid.

Which is a bit silly considering the merchandising opportunities. Certainly better than a talking Dalek tie. My best guess at this point is Jean-Paul Gaultier though it is possible Vivienne Westwood has got all swirly during my Annexian exile. If anyone should happen to be friendly with BBC Wales wardrobe people I would be grateful if you would put in a word.

Time and relative dimension in space Update: Now wanting my own broken-down Type 40 TARDIS for the garden.

More top trends Update: Harry Hutton considers some further Google Trends results.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 12, 2006 10:04 AM

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Have you had any luck finding the tie? I've been looking for it as well, but with no luck thus far.

Posted by: Rob [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 22, 2008 05:50 PM