'Peaky Blinders': Four times Helen McCrory's Aunt Polly absolutely rocked it in the show with all her '20s jazz
BBC One's 'Peaky Blinders' has been hailed every now and then for its genuine, yet flamboyant depiction of the fashion of the '20s. Be it the bob-cut hair, the silk costumes, or the sequenced furs, the women of the show have absolutely nailed it with their looks, but no one could do it as convincingly as Helen McCrory's character, Polly Grey. As the matriarch of the Shelby family, Polly has been handling the business ever since the men were out for business and, even when they returned, she continued to hold her place as the company's treasurer.
While we impatiently wait for the return of Season 5, let's take a look at four times Polly absolutely rocked in the last four seasons.
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FIRST LOOK at Helen McCrory as Polly in Series 5 of #PeakyBlinders Photo by: @Ben_Stills
1. Season 1 — The Matriarch
As the unofficial head of a criminal organization, Polly knows that she is the only woman in the men's world of blood and dispute. However, that does not keep Polly from adorning herself in layers. Season 1 introduced her as the ultimate matriarch of the Shelby family, and with that came the responsibility of keeping secrets under wraps. Not only did she guard the secrets with layers, Polly also carried herself in layers. Draped in pompous furs and silk fabrics, leaving her curls hanging with glittering party wears, Polly likes to get her hands dirty in style. Consider this image from a scene where she wickedly throws herself in the middle of a party full of men, dauntless in her appearance as she carried a gun in the shining red gown.
2. Season 2 — The Doleful Assassin
As said, Polly likes to murder in style and she did not hesitate to spill a little blood on that white and black chequered overcoat when Inspector Campbell tried to force himself on her. Polly shuffles in between suits, and these suits are usually treated like a representation of the very serious business that she is about to embark on. Coated in classy late-teens suits, with a very snazzy hat, Polly's suits have always acted like her trademark. Let's consider this, every time we see Polly Grey walking in wearing a suit, things are about to get dangerous and you better run for your life before the matriarch swings the gun.
3. Season 3 — The Mad Woman
Polly had lost her sanity after she was sent home from the mouth of death. The gypsy soul in her began to take in every kind of intoxication, and Polly returned to her gypsy self. As she whirled around the house, hearing voices and calling out on spirits, she sported that bob-cut with an androgynous look. Fitting herself with long skirts, loose shirts, and tattered shoes, she almost symbolized the dilapidated life in the Industrial Age. She was in that phase mostly covered in shapeless silhouettes of the flapper, which again helped in a big way, bringing out the vulnerability in Polly.
4. Season 4 — The Rebel
Remember that time in season 4, when the Shelby women were suddenly caught in the fever of communism as soon they heard about the labor's strike called in by Jesse Eden? Now, remember that white leopard-printed trench-coat in which Polly walked out, with a blunt in her lips, and a tiny purse by her side? That was the moment, right there, when Polly Grey defined what it takes to rebel. Polly did not just march into a rally with bad breath and sweat all over her. No! The matriarch made sure that even when she was rebelling against all those who had been treating women with unequal wages, she looked like a million dollars who can easily tread on all the men lined up in front of her.
Let's just give this woman a standing ovation for her final look on the show — the short-cropped hair with the '20s Bergdorf Goodman Evening dress.
'Peaky Blinders' returns to BBC One this year in Spring, and hopefully, we will get a release date soon.