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Another Costume from “Sense and Sensibility”

January 12, 2012

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed a mannequin dressed in period costume quietly standing by the dining table in the photographs of the Dining Room decorated for Christmas.

This has been on show at the Museum as part of the celebrations for the 200th Anniversary of the first publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811.

The whole ensemble was first worn by Kate Winslet in Emma Thompson and Ang Lee’s film adaptation of Sense and Sensibility dating from 1995. Kate Winslet played Marianne Dashwood in that version of the novel. But the dress was also worn by Charity Wakefield who also portrayed Marianne, this time in the BBC’s 2008 production of Sense and Sensibility adapted by Andrew Davies.

The complete ensemble  is of a dress, hat, spencer and short, hooded cloak.

The hat is made of straw…

The Spencer is of velvet…

The cloak is made from a woven woollen material, with a decorative fringe, the hood is lined in a pale green linen.

This is a close-up photograph of the dress which is made of  muslin, delicately printed with a small pattern  of circles and dots, typical of the late 18th/early 19th century

And we have to admit it has looked very much at home in the dining room.

If you would like to see the costumes in more detail, then do note that you can enlarge all the photographs in this and every post on this blog, simply by clicking on them. If you would like to see the costume in person, then you must hurry, for it is still on show at the Museum ( which at present is only open at weekends for its Winter Opening Hours) but will soon be going back to CosProp, the costumiers who designed and made it.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy Allen permalink
    January 12, 2012 3:49 pm

    It is a lovely costume, and I particularly like the hat. I do SO enjoy being able to zoom in on the items to examine the detail. It’s almost as if I’m there! Thanks, Julie.

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 13, 2012 1:52 pm

      That’s just what we are trying to achive! To make you feel as if you are “almost here” Thank you, Cathy. I’m glad you enjoyed looking at the costume.

  2. January 12, 2012 5:47 pm

    Ooooo how wonderful! 😀 Thank you so much for this gem. The Thompson/Winslet S&S is my favourite Austen adaptation.

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      January 13, 2012 1:54 pm

      Hello, Victoria! It is a gem of a costume, isn’t it? That adaptation is one of my favourites too: I like the 1995 Persuasion with Amanda Root very, very much too. So glad you enjoyed looking at the costume photographs .

  3. Candace Hazelwood permalink
    August 7, 2012 3:29 am

    Is there a way to find the pattern for this cloak? i am so very in love with it now..

    • jfwakefield permalink*
      August 7, 2012 8:43 am

      Sorry, I’m not aware of one that is available commercially. You might want to contact Costprop, the costume company who created it to see if they could help you.


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