The story of economic struggle and of living in supposedly "bad neighborhoods," while a reality in some places, is not the singular definitive story that represents all African-Americans. With web series Black Girl in a Big Dress, actress, producer, and screenwriter Aydrea Walden wants to show that being black in America can also mean sipping on tea and dressing up in Victorian cosplay.
The fact is, Aydrea’s portrayal adds something to the nuanced mosaic of black existence, and her addition to black people’s multifaceted reality represented on–screen comes on the hinges of the critical success of Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl and Fatimah Asghar’s Brown Girls notable acclaim. Now, will Adrienne ever find her Darcy? Probably, but here’s hoping by then she doesn’t need him
Aydrea Walden created a video series "about an African American Anglophile cosplayer in love with the Victorian Era who's trying to bring a fantasy courtship from her re-enactment events into the real world." It's a historical comedy of manners, so to speak, except that it doesn't hide its 21st-century setting. So "Lady Kate" must deal with anachronisms like a ringing cell phone during tea and maneuvering a hoop skirt into a sedan.
As much as Black Girl In A Big Dress comments on society, its main strength is its ability to generate laughs. If the phrase “trollop-shaming” makes you giggle with its absurdity, you’ll probably enjoy this one.
A Black Woman Seeks Joy Through Victorian Cosplay in 'Black Girl in a Big Dress' - From Lipstick Alley
“I’ve always had weird hobbies, especially for a Black person—or so I’ve been told,” she said in an emailed press release. “In high school, I loved Shakespeare and classical music. I mimed a few times. In college, I studied opera and ballet. And now, I attend swing dancing events, Renaissance Fairs and this one Victorian dance society class.”