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Period dramas offer delicious escapes, but no matter what era, period pieces need costumes that set the stage. "Mr. Selfridge," airing on "Masterpiece Classic" Sundays on PBS (check local listings), which unfolds in the first modern department store in 1909 England, places great emphasis on costumes.

"In Britain we don't have as much money to make programs as in America," James Keast, the series' costume designer, tells Zap2it. "One of our skills is to make it look expensive. With that in mind, we are mostly filming in a shop where the colors will be black because that was the uniform of the day, and I would like to use some color."

He created most of the costumes, but, "all of the trimmings, all of the bits of lace are original," Keast says. He regularly haunts garage sales, charity sales and eBay. "I have a huge selection of these pieces, and if I see it, »

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