Pride and Prejudice costumes - what do you think?
Director Joe Wright broke with tradition when he dressed the Pride and Prejudice characters in a mixture of styles by setting the film in 1798.
We have no quibble with setting the book in the late eighteenth century, as our very own Amanda dated Pride and Prejudice at 1799/1800 when she worked out a timeline for Pride and Prejudice whilst writing Darcy's Diary. But what do you think of the mixture of styles?
Here, Mrs Bennet is in a dress from the early 1790s, which, if she was wearing an old dress would be accurate. But what about Mary? Is her gown high-waisted or low-waisted? It seems in the middle to us.
And here we have the same mix of styles, with Mrs Bennet in a low-waisted gown in the style of the 1790s and the girls in a range of dresses with waists between low and high.
Do you think Lady Catherine looks more intimidating in fashions of the earlier 1790s, or do you think she looked more imposing in the high waisted styles of the early nineteenth century, as in the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice?
And can anyone, looking at this picture of Caroline Bingley, understand how Joe Wright thinks high waists make women look like marshmallows?!
Is it only men who dislike high-waisted gowns? Thackeray didn't like them either. He drew his own illustrations for Vanity Fair, but although the book is set in 1814, he drew the characters with the fashions of the mid nineteenth century, because he thought Regency fashions were ugly.
What do you think? Is it a man/woman thing? Do you like high-waisted gowns?
Do you like the mixture of fashion styles in the new film, or would you rather they had stuck to Empire line dresses?