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Marianne Dashwood’s Ball Gown

December 18, 2011

As part of the Museum’s celebrations this year for the Year of Sense and Sensibility, during which we commemorated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s first  novel, we have had some costumes from various adaptations of Sense and Sensibility on display.

We thought you might like to see this ensemble…

which has been on show in the Austen Family Room on the first floor of the Museum.

This dress and shawl was worn by the actress,Charity Wakefield who played Marianne Dashwood in the BBC’s 2008 adaptation of the novel.

The dress appeared in the London ball scene where poor Marianne is snubbed by Willoughby, and which is based on events in Chapter 28 of the novel.

Here, above and below, are two close-up shots of the neckline and bodice…

Also on show is the beautiful shawl,

embroidered  in a paisley pattern onto net…

which was also worn by  Marianne in that scene.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2011 7:15 pm

    How beautiful to see the shawl up close!
    I really like the wallpaper in that room, by the way 🙂

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 18, 2011 11:39 pm

      Isn’t the shawl very beautiful? Such a delicate piece of embroidery. The room is decorated very appropriately, don’t you think?

  2. Cathy Allen permalink
    December 18, 2011 7:30 pm

    I am particularly taken with the lovely hand-embroidered shawl. In my — admittedly very limited — experience, lace is made on a machine! To have these lovely pictures that are capable of being enlarged, and to be able to see the hand-detail is fascinating! Thank you.

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 18, 2011 11:40 pm

      We are very glad you enjoyed seeing this beautiful costume, Cathy.

  3. December 18, 2011 8:34 pm

    Oh My goodness I am so happy about this blog. Congratulations on a lovely site and thanks ever so much!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      December 18, 2011 11:41 pm

      No, thank you for commenting. We are so glad you like the new site 🙂

  4. December 31, 2011 1:23 pm

    Just beautiful!!

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 1, 2012 8:27 pm

      It is, these costumes are very carefully made, and it is a pleasure to be able to share them with everyone.


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