Fashion and heritage are two of my favourite things so it comes as no surprise that I was really looking forward to the start of Mr Selfridge on ITV last night. Selfridges today remains one of the most beautiful and iconic department stores in London but it is the legacy that the American entrepreneur left behind, his revolutionary understanding of retail, along with his ability to bring sex appeal to shopping that must really be praised, despite his well documented womanising ways!
The drama centers on the real-life story of the flamboyant and visionary founder of London's legendary department store. The theater of retail that was created by Harry Selfridge was pioneering and aimed to embrace the new found freedom and modernity of women in 1909. The focus of the drama is very much on the women; the fashion, cosmetics, technology and domestic affairs, all showcased through beautiful outfits and eccentric moments.
I spent the whole hour and a half of the debut episode completely engrossed and am looking forward to seeing the story unravel over the next 9 weeks. Having seen the amount of tweets and posts about the programme after it was aired last night I think that most of you probably feel the same way!
Mr Selfridge is broadcast on ITV at 9pm on Sunday evenings.