Netflix just gave us the gift we didn’t even know we needed! This past weekend I fell in love with a new limited series show. Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit might be my favorite thing to come out of 2020. Second, only to I May Destroy You. The story was so well rounded, and each character felt like a real person. The character of Jolene was wonderful (you’ll see what I mean when you watch it). But more than anything, the costumes of this show were spectacular, particularly the knitwear and embroidery work.
If you enjoy period pieces and particularly The Crown, you will probably enjoy The Queen’s Gambit. Ok, you can go watch the show and then come back for this next part.
So glad you’re back! What did you think??? If you really did go and watch the show before finishing this post, then you get a gold star. The reason I’m writing this post today is that Netflix just released a virtual exhibit with the team at The Brooklyn Museum that includes costumes from both The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit!
Please wait as I hyperventilate into a bag with excitement.
Like many kids who grew up in the shadow of New York, my favorite field trips always involved getting on a big yellow bus and for an afternoon getting the chance to get lost in a museum. Later, when I was in my 20’s and had exactly 2 cents to spare I would get on a train to one of New York’s many museums, hand the slightly judgy ticket seller my suggested donation, and allow myself to be transported into a different world of glamor and fashion. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, these in-person experiences had to come to a screeching halt this year. This past spring and summer, I found myself wondering when we would be able to attend an exhibit like that again.
Enter Netflix. That’s not at all the hero that I thought would be in this story. But it’s the hero we got. Because of a collaboration between Netflix and The Brooklyn Museum, you can now view the costumes from both The Crown and The Queen’s Gambit in detail online. If there was ever a time to get lost in another world for an hour it is today.
I hope that you all take advantage of this much-needed distraction. I plan on donating to The Brooklyn Museum for all of those suggested donation years. Past me and current me want to say thank you to the team at The Brooklyn Museum for everything you do for the arts! And as always, thank you to Netflix for everything you do for my sanity.