First of all, a big thank you to Miss Emma Jane for hosting this marvellous event.
Since I am a very ardent fan of the 1995 BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice, I have decided to write about all the beautiful costumes, bonnets and so on in that movie.
It was hard to decide- there are so many lovely movies with brilliant, breath-taking costumes. My Fair Lady for example, certainly wins the prize when it comes to the hats. Downton Abbey has many marvellous costumes- I am green with envy whenever I look at Mary Crawley- her costumes are to die for. The list of “pretty costumes” goes on… and on… and on!
At last I decided- Pride and Prejudice. The costumes there are beautiful. Simple, natural, pretty—Oh! I wish they would all come back into the fashion!
It is a pity some of them (especially Lydia’s) are a bit too low-waisted, but apart from that- I have not a negative comment. Well, almost hardly any.
Elizabeth’s wardrobe is indubitably the best of the lot. I have a book about the making of Pride and Prejudice which tells us that they tried to give Elizabeth all the natural colours since she liked being out and stuff. They thought the curry colour, straw bonnets and crunchy bonnets (you’ll see what I mean) suited her well, and I completely agree!
See what I mean with a crunchy bonnet? Doesn’t she look absolutely scrumptious? Browns, reds- they suit her so well. And she has delicious brown curly hair to make the crunchy, natural effect even more wholesome.
By the way (this is entirely beside the point, I know) but when you look at the two pictures (above) you can notice her bonnet strings are done in a different way. In the movie she hasn’t taken it off during these two takes, so that’s one of the very few practical mistakes they’ve made.
Aren’t they all equally lovely, unique and – Oh, I cannot find the right word- thrilling?
My favourite is probably the second picture- her blue pelisse (Oh- I WANT IT!) What’s your favourite? For more information and detailed study about Elizabeth’s and other P&P ladies’ wardrobe, check out Miss Elizabeth’s wonderful blog, Elegence of Fashion.
Elizabeth never ever wears pink. (Just to say :P)
I have only talked about Elizabeth’s costumes, but all her sisters have fairly similar dresses. Lydia’s are less modest (SOB), Mary’s are more dull and high-coloured and ugly, Jane’s all have light fabrics- pinks, blues and whites, Kitty has nothing in particular (but I love them anyway.)
And by the way, I l.o.v.e. Kitty Bennet’s dress in this picture. Isn’t that bead work or something? Exquisite!
(Look at Lydia’s face. Snort.)
Oh yes and Lydia and Kitty also often wear red capes. The main reason is probably so that they match the officers.
Sorry for all these pictures. No, I’m not sorry- I like them. (*Lydia giggle*)
Now, I must go on to the elaborate, fancy, over-dressed, snobbish, selfish, stuck-in-the-mud, feathery, exotic-coloured, stunning-in-a-way Bingley sisters.
Oranges, bright pinks, lime greens, deep exotic colours, strikingly eye-catching colours, long feathers in their elaborate hairstyles, turbans, tons of jewellery, sparkling gowns draped with decoration… I dare say the lace on Mrs Hurst’s gown- (No lace Mrs Bennet, no lace!!)
Aren’t they fashion pieces! They can’t overdo it more. Well that’s probably the only way they get attention, no-one likes them.
Don’t they look like peacocks?
Now if you have seen the Kate Beckinsale Emma version, you might have noticed that there are several P&P costumes in that one.
Kitty’s dress is worn by Harriet:
Jane’s gold dress is worn by Emma’s aunt. Forgot her name.
Another Jane Bennet dress worn by the aunt:
Jane Bennet’s dress worn by Jane Fairfax
Maria Lucas’ dress worn by Harriet Smith:
Oh yes, isn’t Maria Luca’s yellow gown preeeeety? Well all the P&P dresses are.
What about the older generation?
Lace caps and frilly chemisettes- well, perhaps not
pretty as the youthful, cheerful dresses, but nonetheless still very attractive!
Mrs Bennet always has chemisettes and never a low collared dress, except during the balls. She has millions of curls (I think you can easily see that Alison Steadman is wearing a wig, but never mind- she’s so hilarious) and lace- she loves lace.
Yes, I created these pictures. ;)
What about the rich, queenly Lady Catherine de Bourgh? Actually her clothes are less fine and fussy than I expect the owner of Rosings Park to wear. Not very designative and a bit too simple for a Lady de Bourgh. She does however wear deep, rich colours- stately and royal. And stiff, starched, shiny silk (hey- four words starting with s! Wow! )
Her walk-with-Lizzy-in-the-garden-costume is more “rich-looking”, as I call it. There is fur, a big bonnet with feathers and little stuffed bird (poor bird) and a huge muff- yes, it suits her well. Can you imagine L.C with light colours like the Bennet sisters wear?
Oh and isn’t her hairstyle disgusting?
Well, this post will now come to an abrupt ending!!
I hope you agree with me and love the Pride and Prejudice costumes- aren’t they just perfect!!! (*gleeful sigh*) Sorry for not saying anything about the men’s clothing- they are just coats and breeches and so on. Ladies certainly have far more interesting clothes- huh! I’m so glad I’m a lady. (But still I cannot deny that I do think that the men look very handsome indeed in their Regency garb. Very lovely. I’m in love.)