Cut! – Sense and Sensibility – Marianne

Marianne’s costume

Ok.. even I’m getting bored with these off-white/beige/yellow/etc costumes.  I didn’t even realize while I was at the Cut! exhibit how many there were!

Costume poster – click for full version

This dress is from Sense and Sensibility, a “film adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen about two sisters of modest means and the men they desire”.  According to the poster (click for a larger version) the film is set in England around 1800, and was made in 1995.  The dress featured here was worn by Kate Winslet in the role of Marianne Dashwood, and they describe the dress as:

“From Sense and Sensibility here is the dress of a young lady of fashion reduced to genteel but diminished circumstances.  Her dress is of cotton muslin rather than silk, the overdress also a cotton fabric.  The combination is pretty and reflects Marianne’s romantic nature, yet subtly shows that she is no longer a member of moneyed society.”

Marianne’s costume

The cut of the overdress is interesting, but would accentuate the bust I would think… (and I usually imagine this era being… ahem, preferring a flat-chested style…)

Marianne’s costume

Likely hooks and eyes to close…

You can also just make out the very faint print on the skirt

Marianne’s costume

The overdress has a very subtle monochromatic stripe.

Marianne’s hat

Bonnet.  Kind of boring really…

I still have a wealth of photos from the Cut! exhibit which I’m working on posting little by little… but I’m feeling less inspired now that so much time has passed…  Would anyone else like to add to the comments with more about this style of dress or it’s purpose in the film?

2 comments on “Cut! – Sense and Sensibility – Marianne

  1. liselfwench says:

    Just a brief comment about the flat-chested thing. Actually, during this period, while exposed cleavage was not considered proper, they did very much like to push the breasts up and emphasize them. Full breasts were completely in fashion! Sometimes too much so; here’s an excerpt from a fashion critic of the early 1800’s: “By the newly invented corsets we see in eight out of ten women, the hips are squeezed into a circumference little more than the waist and the bosom is shoved up to the chin, making a sort of fleshy shelf, disgusting to the beholder and most certainly incommodious to the wearer.”

    • Dawn says:

      Thanks for the reply! I guess I’m thinking of the very restrictive styles, that don’t seem to emphasis the breasts (to my eye) rather than so much “flat”… Though I can’t say I’ve seen styles creating a “fleshy shelf”.. . creative and very visual writing though!

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