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Doctor Who: Black Orchid
Costume seen on Barbara Murray as Lady Cranleigh
Walking on Broken Glass
Costume seen on an extra as a party guest, in an Annie Lennox Music Video
Doctor Who: The Girl in the Fireplace
Costume seen on Sophia Myles as Madame du Pompadour
Jeanne Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour
Costume seen on an extra

This beautiful gown has an especially fun history. It was first made for the fifth doctor serial of Doctor Who entitled Black Orchid during the show's nineteenth season.

Ten years later the gown was used for Annie Lennox music video Walking on Broken Glass.

It made another appearance in the new series of Doctor Who, in the second season episode entitled The Girl in the Fireplace, where, despite it's age, it appeared to still be in excellent condition. The same dress used in the same show - more than twenty years later!

When originally spotted, I was skeptical that the gown originated with Black Orchid. Considering Doctor Who was such a low budget production at the time. However, it seems that I was wrong, and that this beautiful gown was indeed made for Black Orchid, because this dress only recently went up for auction at Bonhams. The description page confirmes that its orginal origins are with Doctor Who, and also lists the gown as "An eighteenth century styled full length dress of peach coloured teffeta, heavily embroidered on front with floral motif, having lace collar and cuffs, with corset on top, labelled inside with measurement details." So the gown is apparently more peach than yellow - as it appears on screen. It is estimated to sell for about £300 - 400.

To see the page where the auction is listed, as well as zoom in on the details of the dress, you can go here. I've also saved a screenshot of auction page here for future references.

Costume Credit
Katie S.
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