The Fashion Guide to Series 5 (1967-8)

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Welcome to the Fashion guide! The layout should be more or less familiar to regular visitors, it's the same as the other guides. Again, I must stress that the images vary greatly in quality and size, due to the diversity of sources. Be warned.

There is a separate guide for Steed's clothes, now fully illustrated.

Emma's Fashions

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Fighting catsuit with stretch and movement in navy Crimpelene with mustard side-stripes. Zippered, ring at neck.

Quite a favourite outfit this one, worn in three different episodes. In From Venus With Love it's worn at both the beginning and end of the episode, and establishes Mrs Peel's character for the colour series.

Worn to great effect also in The Bird Who Knew Too Much and The Living Dead
The fashion shoot notes mention that 'Echo are making these up - not only for fighters, but for après-skiers - for 8gns. Selincourt are making Avengers furs; suede and leather togs come from Sirela.' (near right)

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Lilac crepe dress with wide shoulder straps, mini length, straight hem and cleavage, with matching jacket with a navy trim. I love this outfit.

This outfit was first seen in From Venus With Love, and also worn in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station.

Quite a business-like and conservative costume. It maintains a degree of informality by virtue of the smooth lines and short hem line of the dress. The wide shoulder straps and metal rings on the dress make it a much more informal garment.
The fashion notes read:
"I love this," says Diana Rigg. "It's the kind of thing I wear in 'real life'. All the new Avenger things are." Stunningly simple crepe dress and jacket by Alun Hughes for Thomas of Mayfair, sizes 10-16, about 12 gns. Larger-than-life watch by old England, about £5.

The dress was also seen in The Fear Merchants and The Bird Who Knew Too Much, it has wide shoulder straps connected to the body by metal rings.

Brief appearances in the intro to The Fear Merchants, and just before Mrs Peel drops her togs at Tom Savage's photo studio.
Worn in The Fear Merchants, and in The Bird Who Knew Too Much with a blue & white patterned jacket.

If you look very carefully, you can see that Mrs Peel is carrying the blue and white jacket as she walks into her flat, then puts it down on a chair just before she examines the box of chocolates at the beginning of The Fear Merchants. (bottom right)
She's wearing it again at the beginning of the outro for the same episode. (top left)
You can view a swatch of the blue jacket's pattern here.

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Tan 'Little nothing' a-line dress.

Only on screen for a short time, when they investigate old Sir Freddy Hadders observatory. Obviously a favourite colour with Alun Hughes, he uses it often. This dress reappears with a matching jacket.
Worn in From Venus With Love.
The notes for the fashion shoot (near right) read '"Little-nothing" dress, epitomizing the new Avenger fashion thinking. "No gimmicks," says alun Hughes, "just elegant, modern clothes to counter-balance an Emma Peel-type life. Girls on the move can't be bothered with bits and pieces." By Thomas of Mayfair, about 8 gns.'

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Blue coat with lavender skivvy.

Note the buttons at the lefthand side of the high collar and low on the left side, near the hem and pocket.

Worn with a lavender rollneck skivvy and black pants and boots in From Venus With Love, and with a black skivvy, navy pants and white cap in Escape In Time.

Also seen in Something Nasty In The Nursery in an all-black/blue ensemble.

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Orange & white catsuit with wide belt, ring at high neck, zippered.

A rare outing for this costume, worn only in From Venus With Love, and the opening titles to Series Five (top right). This pale orange catsuit has a white flash along the front inside leg, accentuating the calves and thighs (see below). It's entirely invisible from the back (see bottom right).

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Towel or sheet (?).

Only on screen for a short time, It's difficult to tell what it is. Anyway, it's obvious that Diana Rigg is already wearing the pyjamas (below), as you see a glimpse of them under the towel. But then, it is television, not reality. Remember this.
Worn in From Venus With Love.


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Chinese red and purple silk pyjamas.

Almost Palazzo pants to this pair of pyjamas, first seen in From Venus With Love, and also worn in Never Never Say Die and The Joker.
A similar pair of pyjamas, purple and burgundy, was worn in the tag scene of Death's Door.

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Khaki coat with white trim over ivory dress and khaki scarf.

The coat is a strange one - quite thick, with a very rounded look to the cut. The thickness of the material emphasises the curves of the design.

The image at top left best reveals the ivory dress and scarf underneath the coat, the coat is opening up a little as Mrs Peel turns the corner in the hospital.

Worn in The Fear Merchants.

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Ivory sundress with khaki scarf at middle of breast.

Only a black and white picture, but you can see the detail quite well. Refer to above for colour scheme, or see the image at the right.
Worn in The Fear Merchants.

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