Friday, 12 September 2014

Lyra Belacqua

I'm quite sure I was ten years old when I read the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. Consequently, my memory of it is very hazy, and I could do with rereading it, especially as it sits in my sister's bookshelf all ready for me, waiting.

Luckily I caught the film running on telly and noticed that Lyra, played by a Dakota Blue Richards, has enough costume changes for me to make a post about her. American renaming baffles me, so I can't quite account for why 'Northern Lights' was changed to 'The Golden Compass' except to be more consistent with the other titles in the trilogy.

Lyra's wardrobe changes with her circumstances, and if you've read or watched this before, you'll know her circumstances change a lot. Nevertheless, whether she's in a posh townhouse or in the middle of a glacier, she's always dressed practically but creatively, using colour and texture to fit in with her surroundings.

'The Golden Compass' film was released in 2007, but Lyra's pinafores fit right into the current trend. The tartan one is to die for, though I can't find any more images of it, unfortunately.

The embroidered detailing of Lyra's coat is just beautiful, and the gold trim and combination of burgundy and cream colours give it quite an imperial look. The leather satchel is of course to contain her precious Alethiometer.

I think my favourite ensemble, however, is her massive chunky knit cardigan with red tights. I'm a big fan of coloured opaque tights and wouldn't have thought of matching it to a big cardi like this, but I think it looks very cute. The different hues and fuzzy textures in the cardigan with her fur boots make her clothes really interesting to look at, which is what I aim for when dressing.

For me, the blue dress definitely conjures up Alice in Wonderland, which is very appropriate for her age, and how she is flung into the depths of a complicated and furtive adult world. Below is what Lyra wears while on the Gyptians' boats.

Image sources:
Silvertongue: Lyra Belaqua fanlisting
Entertainment Weekly
Library Noise
Vickie Howell

1 comment:

  1. I never thought about/noticed her outfit changes before - they really are beautiful! Always need to re-read these books, I definitely didn't understand the final book until I re-read it a year or so ago. And I'm still in love with pinafores....


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