The retro style of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
"C'mon Mim," you're saying, "The original comics might have started in the 1970s but is this really an appropriate topic for the Robot?"
Well, yes, actually, because one thing that really struck me is how the programme's designers have used retro styles and elements to create a strange not-modern-but-modern world.
|Aunts Hilda and Zelda – Zelda channels a 1940s femme fatale.|
|Miss Wardwell. I NEED THIS DRESS.|
|Miss Wardwell: works in a school, dresses for cocktails. Note the back of Sabrina's jumper too.|
As well as the brown jacket you can see Roz in in the photo below, she's got an amazing brown one covered in brightly-coloured embroidered flowers, with a dog-ear collar. Cream poloneck, an amazing multicoloured crochet sweater… Sabrina may be the star, but Roz definitely dresses best of the younger characters.
|Sabrina's chums Roz (facing) and Susie (back). Susie's being played by a nonbinary actor,|
and I think it's great to have enby characters in a mainstream show.
The blending of vinage continues into the sets. It's almost jarring that Sabrina's boyfriend uses a mobile phone at one point, because most characters use landlines. The tea set the Spellmans use is Royal Albert Old Country Roses, which is still in production but has been around for decades. There are no modern band or film posters, the furniture looks old-fashioned, even the cars are older models. Yet it's nowhere specific in time, not the 50s or 70s or 90s. In its eclecticism the show is very now, and its storylines are of the moment. I love the way it mingles vintage styles. Paradoxically I think it'll be less likely to date badly as a result, though I'd be interested to know what younger viewers make of the eclectic retro style.
Have you seen The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Did you like the little retro touches?