WEAR SHERLOCK: showcasing the clothing and props featured in the BBC show Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Mark Gatiss.
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A Study in Font
—————Typography on screen in BBC Sherlock
"SHERLOCK" Title font
This font is custom made for the show using P22 Johnston Underground as a base. (Download link below.) Here is a fantastic title font analysis by justonelasttrick that shows how the title font has been altered from the Underground font. (An extremely similar free font, London Tube is available to download here.)
221B Door lettering
The gold plated numbers and upper case B that appear on the door of 221B are Times NR Seven MT Bold. Our post on the lettering and door knocker can be found here.
£16 / $26 Available here at myfonts.com
All the text messages in the show utilise AF Generation Z font (Medium)
£28 / $46 Available here at myfonts.com
When Sherlock sees a clue, like with the pink lady’s wedding rings, the font that appears is P22 Johnston Underground which is also the base for the title font.
£12 / $20 Available here at myfonts.com
The sharp elegant font that appears on Irene’s website prints is ITC Elan Book
£16 / $26 Available here at myfonts.com
I AM SHERLOCKED
The font that appears on Irene’s Vertu phone lock screen is Verdana.
Verdana comes free with all modern computers.
The sophisticated gold lettering that appears on Sherlock’s headstone is engraved in Times New Roman, another free font that is included in the set of default computer fonts.
Keep Calm and Carry On font, (seen on a mug in The Fall). Download here (FREE)
And for anyone wondering, wearsherlock uses Gotham Bold for our logo/graphics.
The full Gotham suite can be downloaded here at typography.com
Hand knitted Lopapeysa Karlakor jumper
As worn by John in A Scandal in Belgravia
Hand knitted using pattern 7806A from ‘Reynolds New Icelandic patterns’ (vol. 78). 38-40” chest. Navy, red, and cream Lopi yarn.
If you’d like to have a go at making your own Karlakor jumper you can find the pattern book at eBay, Etsy and Amazon. You’ll need Lopi yarn and 6mm (#10 USA) needles. Information and jumper pictured made by cuddlyjumper.
Carat London Marquise earrings and Royal Classic Pair ring
As worn by Irene Adler in A Scandal in Belgravia, seen here.
1 carat Marquise cut synthetic diamonds, 9K white gold basket with French tips.
£100/$156 Available here at carat.co
4 carat synthetic diamond in royal classic pair cut, 9K white gold mount.
£535/$838 Available here at carat.co
Coincidentally, the official jewelry partners of tonight’s BAFTAs are Carat London so we might see Lara Pulver wearing Carat again. We’ll be livetweeting the Sherlock actor’s fashion tonight over at our Twitter so come and join us at 8pm GMT!
Chopard Cašmir Eau de Parfum
As owned by Irene Adler, seen here.
100ml spray. Described as a “sharp, woody, oriental” fragrance. “Top notes of peach, apricot, blackcurrant and raspberry, flowing into a heart of mandarin, carnation and cinnamon”.
£51 / $83 Available here at fragrancedirect.co.uk
MAC Eyeliner and Borghese Mascara
As worn by Irene Adler in A Scandal in Belgravia
MAC Liquidlast Eyeliner in Aqualine
2.5ml bottle with thin tip brush
£14 / $18.50 Discontinued (Currently on eBay for £45 here)
Borghese Superiore Mascara
3 oz. bottle with flake proof brush
£12 / $19.50 Available here at borghese.com
The mascara can be seen on Irene’s dressing table but the eyeliner cannot. A bottle of Shalimar perfume (among others) also features. See our other make-up post for Irene’s lipstick and nail varnish.
Alexander Wang Crepe Draped Jacket
As worn by Irene Adler, seen here.
Leather paneled shoulders. Detachable crepe belt. Draped sleeves.
£400 / $650 Sold here at net-a-porter.com (Currently out of stock)
IM Corona 30-3207 Targa cigarette lighter
As owned by Mycroft in Series 2 (Seen here.)
Laura Ashley Elisse Mirror and Ivory Pearl Interiors Venetian dressing table
As owned by Irene Adler in Series 2, seen here.
Laura Ashley Mirror
Three hinged construction, hand etched detailing.
£175 / $282 Available here at lauraashley.com
Ivory Pearl Interiors dressing table
Antique mirrored finish. Gold edgings. Brass handles.
£589 / $950 Available here here at ivorypearlinteriors.com at
Crombie Navy Retro Slim-Fit Coat
As worn by Mycroft in Series 2
100% wool. Velvet Collar. Red silk lining.
£795 / $1,318 Available here at crombie.co.uk
As previously posted in our expansion on this Radio Times article, Sherlock’s production designer Arwel Wyn Jones has said of Moriarty’s magpie seal (seen on the envelopes he left as clues in The Reichenbach Fall) that:
The magpie seal was inspired by the music playing on Moriarty’s headphones as he staged his daring break-ins.
That piece of music was taken from Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” opera (The Theiving Magpie). As can be seen above, the stamp used was directly inspired by a CD cover of a live recording of the opera.
If you’d like to incorporate Moriarty’s magpie seal into your graphics (or just use it in general), aliceinhatland has recreated the design and made it available to download as a FREE Photoshop brush. You can download it here.
The brush is also the correct dimensions for creating your own wax seal at www.customwaxnseals.com.
Derek Rose York 25 Navy/Tartan dressing gown
As worn by Sherlock in A Scandal in Belgravia
Pure wool, classic tartan check. Shawl collar. Tasseled belt.
£260 / $412 Available here at kjbeckett.com
Sherlock’s bedroom Portraits, a Study (2 of 2)
DIMITRI MENDELEEV 1834 - 1907
- Seen here on Sherlock’s wall.
Dimitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist, inventor and Doctor of Science widely known to be responsible for creating the Periodic Table of the Elements. At the time that Mendeleev created his table, not all chemical elements had been discovered so he left spaces within it along with predicted properties that they would have. He was successful in his predictions and when the elements were discovered they fitted perfectly into the spaces he had left in his table.
It’s obvious to any Holmes fan as to why Sherlock would idolise a man such as Mendeleev. Sherlock’s interest in the Periodic Table he created is made visible by his framed print of it also seen on his bedroom wall, here.
Mendeleev’s portrait on Sherlock’s wall was taken in 1897.
A high-res copy can be seen online here.
Sherlock’s bedroom Portraits, a Study (1 of 2)
EDGAR ALLAN POE 1809 - 1849
- Seen here on Sherlock’s wall.
As previously mentioned, the portrait of Poe seen in Sherlock’s bedroom is a subtle link added to the set by the show’s creators in tribute to the original inspiration of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Poe’s detective character C. Auguste Dupin was the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes and is known to be the first ever fictional detective. Sir Arthur described Poe as:
"the father of the detective tale. [He] covered its limits so completely that I fail to see how his followers can find any fresh ground which they can confidently call their own.”
In the Sherlock Holmes books themselves, Poe’s Dupin is mentioned by ACD. In A Study in Scarlet Watson writes:
"It is simple enough as you explain it," I said, smiling. "You remind me of Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin. I had no idea that such individuals did exist outside of stories."
Sherlock Holmes rose and lit his pipe. “No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin,” he observed. “Now, in my opinion, Dupin was a very inferior fellow. That trick of his of breaking in on his friends’ thoughts with an apropos remark after a quarter of an hour’s silence is really very showy and superficial. He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine.”
If you’d like to read more about the influence Poe’s writings had on Arthur Conan Doyle and see a comprehensive comparison of the similarities in both of their texts you can read a wonderful online essay by Drew R. Thomas here: Part One | Part Two
The portrait of Poe (a daguerreotype) is available in a larger size here. The image is titled “Ultima Thule" and was taken a year before Poe’s death. For more information on the print itself and how it was created please see our previous ask-answer on the portrait here.
RARE Grimms’ Fairy Tales hardback - Complete Collection
As left for Sherlock to find by Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall
1948 British (Routledge and Kegan Paul) reprint of 1944 Pantheon Books (New York) edition. 212 illustraions by Josef Scharl. Black/gold cover with a colour dust sheet. 864 pages. Images show Pantheon’s 1944 original dust sheet and the 1974 edition cover. Sherlock is holding the extremely rare 1948 edition.
A Study in Phones (Series Two)
For our Series One Study in Phones, click here.
From left to right: TOP ROW
1) The Moriarty
HTC Incredible S
Android. 8MP camera. 3G.
GPS. Wi-Fi. Bluetooth.
Note: the HTC Incredible S does not automatically come with a built-in app for breaking into the Bank of England but does come with black cord inner-ear headphones for listening to Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie whilst doing so.
2) The Mycroft
Blackberry Torch 9800
5MP camera. 4GB memory. Touch screen.
Concealed slide out QWERTY keyboard.
Perfect for those always-on-the-go types. The slide out keyboard is there for emergencies in Mycroft’s case. Why text when you can talk without having to press any of its concealed buttons?
MIDDLE ROW (Click images for larger size)
3) The Sherlock
iPhone 4 (Series One phone: Blackberry Bold 9700)
8GB memory. GPS. Bluetooth. Wi-Fi. Compass.
Retina display. 5MP camera. LED flash/torch.
The widescreen retina display on Sherlock’s phone allows him to look in incredible detail at any evidence or photography he is sent and its completely touch screen applications make quick work of any task he is confronted with, sliding on and off screen in much the same way as memories and facts in his mind palace. Sherlock has also upgraded his Series One laptop to an Apple Mac making both his phone and computer Apple products.
4) The John
Read more about John’s phone in our Series One post.
5 & 6) The Irene
Blackberry Pearl 3G and Vertu Constellation Quest
For our full post on Irene’s Vertu click here.
Irene uses her petite and compact Pearl 3G when doing light work and dealing with less tricky customers (and also for looking at photographs of consulting detectives in sheets). Her £17,000 Vertu is only to be used in series business - after all, it’s her protection.
7) The Fletcher: Motorola DEFY, White
8) The Donovan: Nokia C3-00 (Series One phone: Blackberry Curve 8900)
9) The Lestrade: Sony Ericsson Satio, Silver (Series One phone: HP Palm Pre)