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THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE

The White Princess costume designer Phoebe De Gaye is no newcomer to show business, but the wardrobe she designed for the Starz miniseries has captured the attention of Hollywood. To capture the look and feel of the period of upheaval in English history, De Gaye says she studied paintings of the period and found them well-suited for a high-definition world. “You really need a lot of texture with HD images,” she told Variety. “If you don’t have that, it all fades away on-screen,” she says. And no design was created without reason. For instance, De Gaye points out to the publication how Lizzie “starts off as a girl and gradually becomes more and more encrusted and stiff by the end of the series. The witch – Elizabeth – wore blue colors; she’s associated with water. The color palettes were quite defining.” VIP Fan Auctions is now offering a piece of the witch’s wardrobe – a custom-designed, blue and gold robe was worn on-screen by Essie Davis as Elizabeth Woodville in the series, which is now available to The White Princess fan who casts the winning bid. Click here for photos and more information, and join the bidding today! This auction is ending soon – so click here to check out all of The White Princess props and wardrobe items now available!

 

FIT FOR A PRINCESS

“When you wear the costumes in a period drama, you already feel like a different person – the clothes make you stand differently, change your posture, the way you walk…” says The White Princess star Jodie Comer, who plays Elizabeth of York in the Starz miniseries, during a recent interview with Vanity Fair. “[Costume designer] Phoebe De Gaye is so passionate about the costumes she makes, she’s full of ideas. When someone cares so much about the work they do and puts in so much effort, it makes you want to do a good job as well.” Many of those screen-worn fashions custom-made for The White Princess by Phoebe De Gaye are currently available at VIP Fan Auctions, including a purple-and-green gown (click here for photos and more information) as well as a nightgown (click here) worn on-screen by Rebecca Benson as Maggie; and a beige silk slip and sleeves worn on-screen by Amy Manson’s Cathy Gordon (click here). Don’t miss your chance to own a period costume from one of Hollywood’s most-respected designers – click here to get in on the bidding for a piece of The White Princess wardrobe today!

 

CHECKMATE!

Chess is the ultimate game of strategy – a fitting metaphor for the backdrop of The White Princess, in which warring royals struggle to topple rival kings. Lady Margaret Beaufort’s (Michelle Fairley) chess board and pieces featured on-screen in The White Princess is now available to the fan who places the winning bid at VIP Fan Auctions. The unique wooden board includes all the necessary pieces – as well as initialed cards used in the scene (pictured above). Click here for photos and more information on this fantastic – and fully functional – chess board featured in one of television’s biggest events of the year!

 

CLOAK AND DAGGER… AND TIARA

The White Princess centers on the marriage of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, but it’s anything but a love story. For all of its beauty – period costumes, rolling landscapes and palatial scenery, the Starz miniseries is built on espionage, battles and the trappings of royalty – and VIP Fan Auctions is offering signature pieces of The White Princess that touch on all of these elements. Currently available is a custom-made maroon-and-gold velvet cloak and beige-and-gold tiara worn on-screen by Rebecca Benson as Margaret “Maggie” Plantagenet. Also available is King Henry’s (Jacob Collins-Levy) screen-used dagger (actually a 19.5-inch short sword, pictured above) brandished by his royal highness in his quest to gain control of England. Click here to see all of the available props and wardrobe items from The White Princess, and do your royal bidding today!

 

THE LION’S DEN

The image of a lion – powerful, proud, noble and dangerous – plays an integral role in many royal crests featured in The White Princess, and VIP Fan Auctions is offering a number of these royal banners featured on-screen to fans of the Starz period drama. Currently available is the almost-whimsical yellow-and-blue lion crest flag – featuring three lion heads with tongues sticking out (click here for photos and more information). Also available is the more-regal lion/strip crest flag with multiple designs (click here for photos and more information) and red, yellow and white lion-and-cross crest flag (click here for photos and more information). All of these flags were on display in the great hall of Westminster Castle during the premiere episode of The White Princess – click here to see all of the available props and wardrobe items from the series, and get in on the bidding for a piece of royal television history!

 

PERIOD PIECES

A hallmark of the best period pieces (in addition to accents), whether on television or in film, is phenomenal costume design, and Starz’ The White Princess is no exception. According to a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily with the series’ costume designer, Phoebe de Gaye, the fashions featured in the royal miniseries, were inspired by 15th century paintings. “It’s a chance to look at a period that’s so rarely done,” de Gaye told Women’s Wear Daily. “This is an interesting period, it’s very much a transition period. There are a lot of paintings of the period; the Flemish school. They put so much detail into some of their works that you can see where the seams are, you can see where long sleeves were pinned and unpinned so you could change it for different sleeves. I went through paintings and engravings and things, and read books on construction of the clothes of the period, and all that. Then, it was a matter of interpreting it for contemporary [viewers].” VIP Fan Auctions is now offering several stunning, custom-designed gowns featured on The White Princess, including Elizabeth of York’s short-sleeve corset, skirt and sleeves (pictured above, click here for photos and details); Lizzie’s grey long-sleeve dress with lace-up front (click here); and the cape, long-sleeve wraparound dress and corset worn by dowager Queen Elizabeth. Do not miss this opportunity to claim a piece of stunning wardrobe created by one of television’s most talented designers. Visit VIP Fan Auctions and get in on the bidding today – these auctions are ending soon!

 

Jacob Collins-Levy Reigns as Henry VII

 

Access Hollywood had the opportunity to talk with actor Jacob Collins-Levy early into his reign as Henry VII’s on Starz’s Sunday night drama The White Princess. He reigns during a time of unrest throughout the land, the newly-crowned king is ruling the kingdom from a place of fear.

“100 percent governing by fear, through fear,” actor Jacob Collins-Levy told AccessHollywood.com when they asked him about how his character, Henry Tudor, is living and ruling ahead of Episode 2. “That’s exactly the place he’s moving from, I think. He’s completely out of [his] depth. He doesn’t know what’s going on.”

To prepare for the role Jacob read two biographies of the monarch as well as studied portraits of Henry Tudor.

“There were two that I looked at mainly – one of him when he was young, when he was the Earl of Richmond, and the other one when he was 50, maybe. Not long before he passed, so maybe late 40s,” Jacob told Access when they caught up with him again on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Starz’s “American Gods.” “And you kind of compare those two and try and come up with a kind of physical appearance of him and the way he moves and stuff just from what you can see depicted.”

Jacob also praised the costume designer, Phoebe de Gaye for helping him get fully into character. The costumes were integral to getting into the headspace of the monarch – from fitted armor, to the gigantic coronation robe.

“The entire costume helps you get into character,” Jacob said. “It makes you feel of the period and it makes you feel like the individual, it makes you feel like the character. So, I always find that stuff a blessing. It can be uncomfortable, but you kind of use that.”

The White Princess airs Sunday nights at 8/7c on Starz.

 

 

WHITE ROSE

There is a simple plan to bring peace to a fractured and warring England in the late 15th century: A royal wedding between “the White Princess” (her badge is a white rose) Elizabeth of York (Jamie Comer) and Henry VII (Jacob Collin-Levy). There’s just one problem – they hate each other – and the fate of the country rests on their ability to get along. The custom-designed sleeveless dress with lace-up front worn on-screen by the White Princess herself, “Lizzie,” in the first episode (aptly titled “In Bed with the Enemy”) of this adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s novel is now available to the fan who casts the winning bid at VIP Fan Auctions. Don’t miss your chance to own a signature piece of this British period drama (see the dress in photo above) – click here for photos and more information, and get in one the royal wardrobe auction today.

 

FIRING LINE

Edward “Blackbeard” Teach didn’t become the most feared and famous pirate of the high seas by being timid. The fierce mentor of Charles Vane, Blackbeard (played by Ray Stevenson) is heavily armed on land and sea, and VIP Fan Auctions is offering one of his brown-and-gold Queen Anne pistols (pictured above) he carries in the third and fourth seasons of Black Sails. Click here for photos and more information on these prop weapons designed by the Black Sails props department for maximum authenticity – and stake your claim to a real treasure from the Starz epic.

 

NASSAU STINGER

Bees can be deadly, nurturing and, above all, necessary to growth. It’s only fitting that Eleanor Guthrie (played by Hannah New) – who wields great influence in Nassau and can make or break a pirate crew – should wear a bee around her neck in Black Sails. The custom-made necklace and charm (pictured above) is worn on-screen by Eleanor during the fourth season of the Starz pirate epic, and it serves as a reminder that while beautiful, she can also pack a deadly sting. Don’t miss your chance to claim this unique piece of Black Sails bounty by clicking here for more information, photos and to join the bidding today!