Friday, August 12, 2011

Jane Austen Week - Friday: So many dresses!

So, for Friday's post for Jane Austen week... Dresses! Have you ever watched a Jane Austen movie (or another Regency movie) and thought "That dress looks familiar..."? Well, a lot of times with period dramas, costumes are reused over and over again. Here are some of the dresses that you might have noticed!

The source for all of these is Recycled Movie Costumes. There are so many other dresses there: if you have time, take a look at their website! I've only got ten of the dresses listed here. Note: Some of the pictures that Recycled Movie Costumes for the dresses weren't as detailed as I would have liked them to be, so there are some different pictures than what Recycled Movie Costumes has.

Dress #1
Elinor Dashwood's plaid dress from Sense and Sensibility (1995). 
You may also have seen Elinor's dress in Mansfield Park (2007) on Fanny Price or on Henrietta Musgrove in Persuasion (2007)
Dress #2
This brown dress was both in Sense and Sensibility (2008) on Marianne Dashwood and in Pride and Prejudice (2005) on Elizabeth Bennet. The waistline on this dress is low for the Regency era, however.
Dress #3
This dress was seen on Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1995) and on Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park (1999)
Note: I have not seen this version of Mansfield Park, but I have heard that there are some mature things that go on in that version (I'm not going to get into the details of what I've heard). I have no interest in seeing that version nor would I recommend it.
Dress #4
Miss Bingley's dress from Pride and Prejudice (1995)

You may also have seen this dress in Lost in Austen on Lady Catherine de Bourgh or in Emma (2009) on the new Mrs. Elton.
Dress #5
Okay, not a dress, but the same spencer was on Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1995) and on Anne Elliot in Persuasion (2007)
Dress #6
Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice (1995) and Elizabeth Elliot from Persuasion (2007) both wore the same dress.
Dress #7
Mrs. Dashwood's dress from Sense and Sensibility (1995)

You may also have seen this dress on Lady Ludlow (Cranford (2007)

Or on Lady Bertram in Mansfield Park (2007). Sorry about this, but while I was making the images, I made an error and put in the wrong picture. This is the correct one.
Dress #8
In two different versions of Emma (1996, 2009), this dress was on both Jane Fairfaxes in, I believe, the same scene.
Dress #9

You may have seen this dress on Mrs. Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice (1995)...

...or in Emma (1996) on Mrs. Weston...

...or on Miss Browning (Wives and Daughters) or on Pet Meagles (Little Dorrit)
Dress #10

This dress was seen both on Mrs. Weston (Emma (2009)) and on Fanny Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility (2008))

What did you think of this post? Were there any dresses that you've seen and liked and never realized they were in another period drama? Have you've noticed this in period dramas?

God Bless,
 God Bless, Miss Elizabeth Bennet


  1. What a fascinating post! :) I love behind the scenes info like this. Now I want to go re-watch all of these movies and see if I can spot the dresses! ;)

  2. Well, I can't say I "like" the dress, but I find it interesting that Caroline Bingley and Mrs. Elton shared one!

    And that Jane Fairfax one...wonder if they did it on purpose, since it was in the same scene and all?

    Very interesting fun post. :) So glad you did it!

  3. cool! enjoyed the tour ~ haven't noticed, no, as i don't watch movies that much, but definitely interesting and i will now since you've brought it to my attention ")

  4. Love your cards!
    By the way, I've posted the second part of my answers on My Jane Austen Book Club
    Thanks for organizing this lovely event!

  5. That was fun! :) I've only noticed a couple of those before.


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