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  • Carey Mulligan as Kitty Bennet wearing a pink polka dot dress in the 2005 film "Pride and Prejudice."
    • Universal Pictures

    Pride and Prejudice

    2005

    Costume seen on Carey Mulligan as Kitty Bennet

  • Anna Maxwell Martin as Cassandra Austen wearing a pink polka dot dress in the 2007 film "Becoming Jane."
    • Miramax

    Becoming Jane

    2007

    Costume seen on Anna Maxwell Martin as Cassandra Austen

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Several gowns from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice were recycled for use in Becoming Jane just two years later. This charming pink dress was first worn by Carey Mulligan as Kitty Bennet. When it was used again on Anna Maxwell Martin as Cassandra Austen, some minor alterations were made. A ruffle has been added around the neck line, and since it is clearly from the same fabric, there is the very real probability that the fabric was obtained from the skirt of the dress.

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Several gowns from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice were recycled for use in Becoming Jane just two years later. This charming pink dress was first worn by Carey Mulligan as Kitty Bennet. When it was used again on Anna Maxwell Martin as Cassandra Austen, some minor alterations were made. A ruffle has been added around the neck line, and since it is clearly from the same fabric, there is the very real probability that the fabric was obtained from the skirt of the dress.

Several gowns from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice were recycled for use in Becoming Jane just two years later. This charming pink dress was first worn by Carey Mulligan as Kitty Bennet. When it was used again on Anna Maxwell Martin as Cassandra Austen, some minor alterations were made. A ruffle has been added around the neck line, and since it is clearly from the same fabric, there is the very real probability that the fabric was obtained from the skirt of the dress.

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  1. By the way, that box Mr. Wickham is carrying could be the same in “Northanger Abbey”, as part of Catherine’s luggage. Sorry that the screencap is awful…

  2. If someone is interested, I’ve made a list in GoodReads with the best red/pink dresses in covers. It’s name is “Fair is the Red Rose”

    • There’s a reason for that. Remember they are the least concerned by their appearance. Mary is consumed for her thirst of knowledge and likes to philosophize, and don’t forget what Elizabeth thinks of vanity…

      Besides, there’s an explanation from the Costume Department. I read somewhere that Jacqueline Durran said: “Lizzie Bennet was the tomboy, wore earth colours because she loved the countryside”. That’s why, almost every single of her dresses have long sleeves (except for the Netherfield ballgown). She’s always ready for the mud.

      And as for Mary, her wardrobe is full of “pratical and serious” dresses. She’s not interested in following fashion. She’s not like Jane (who has to be perfect and delicate all the time, being the most beautiful Bennet sister, and the hope of the family) or Kitty and Lydia (happy, reckless, dressed in bright colors and elaborated fabrics, made to catch the eye of men).

  3. You’re absolutely right. I had not noticed those buttons on Kitty’s dress before. It’s the same cut, same everything. Likely a part of the skirt would have been chopped off to make the ruffles on the collar and at the sleeves for Becoming Jane! Thanks for these great pics, they certainly help solve the mystery!

  4. The dress that Cassie wears is probably the exact same one that Kitty wears, though. In this pictures you can see that (apart from the ruffle trimmings on the sleeves & neckline, the dress is pretty much the same. They even have the same two buttons where the neckline meets the skirt! You can see that in image 6 & 7 😀

  5. Actually, upon closer inspection in a Fullscreen version screecap of “Pride & Prejudice,” the dress the extra wears is NOT the same one that Kitty (Pride & Prejudice) or Cassie (Becoming Jane) wears. In the first image (on the extra’s shoulder) you can clearly see the print. The second image is the pretty much the same image, only from the Widescreen version of the DVD. The dress the extra wears is actually worn by Cassie in Becoming Jane, but in a different scene (Image 3 & 4). The images after that are just more screencaps of the extra 😀

  6. It’s true we can’t see the white dots on the dress in P&P, but if indeed it is the same one from Becoming Jane – and I really think it is – then we know they are there. Becoming Jane gives us the chance to see this dress up close, see the design, the cut, the texture and the pattern of the fabric. I absolutely think the dresses from the dance in P&P and Becoming Jane are the same (I’ll be adding them soon, thanks so much for the great catch!)- but its pretty clear from the texture of the gown in NA, as well as the detailing along the neckline It seems to have more ruffles in NA, wheras the dress from the previous two films is a bit more elegant and loose and may even have an overlap, and the fabric in NA is stiffer. I may have to go in search of better pictures of it from Becoming Jane. That may make things more clear! The mystery continues! 🙂

  7. Still, thepossibility remains,that it could be the meryton dance dress, as it is not possible to see any of the white dots on THAT one. and since you saythe dress on eleanor tilneyhas a rougher quality to it, the P&P05 costume designer may have given such a dress to a village crowd extra for the village dance comparing the understated but more refineddress of kitty bennet, who is aftre all a gentleman’s daughter, to it.

    so i’ve come (for) nowto the conclusion, that anna maxwell martin’s dress from becoming jane is more likley the recycled same or a slightly altered double of kitty bennets dress from the P&P05 production whereas the one on eleanor t and themaid certainly is the same in NA and S&S08 and probably is reused from the meryton dance in P&P05 as well. what do you say to that?

    feeling quite like a detective,
    anna

  8. Okay – I’ve had a chance to look more closely and find some pictures of the gown from Northanger Abbey. The two images above, from NA and S&S appear to be the same dress – but they don’t seem to be the pink one. They have much the same cut, but on finding better images, there seems to be no trace of the spotted pattern, and the texture and kind of fabric used seems to be different. The one from NA and S&S has a much more rough quality to it.

  9. Though on second thought, looking at the sleeve flounces – it DOES – look remarkably like the P&P gown. I have no idea if this is the same dress or not! I think it could be…but I don’t know.

  10. Hmmm – I think those two dresses from NA and S&S are certainly the same gown, but I don’t think it’s the pink gown. This one seems an entirely different shade, even in the lighting. And she flounces seem a bit different as well. However – those two gowns are certainly the same one – but I’m not sure they are the pink one fromj P&P.

  11. here are the pics from NA and S&S. but i really couldn’t make out any white dots plus the neckline is straight not asymmetric. so either it is the extra costume from P&P or it’s just recycled in the aforesaid two tv-films and not in P&P at all. what do you think?

  12. PS: but heres another picture of carey mulligan as kitty bennet which clearly shows the unquilled neckline.

    PPS: great idea to make pictures attachable to comments. works really good as a support!

  13. sorry, miswrote it, not lost in austen but becoming jane. so the dress already shown on anna maxwell martin as cassandra austen is meant. i have pictures of the maid in S&S and of eleanor tilney in NA 07 on the table-parts i’ll be sending you.

    ouff, all that austen stuff really gets quite unmanageable…

    as ever,
    anna

  14. You don’t happen to have any caps from it from Lost In Austen or S&S, do you? I do think I remember seeing it on Brandon’s ward now that you mention it…

  15. hi, me (again).

    you know what you’ve said about lizzies pemberley dress and elinor (S&S 08) pinkish one? about similiar costumes made for one movie? i’m absolutly with you on that as this whjite dotted pink dress here is actually not shown twice in P&P 05. the one on the extra at the meryton dance has got quillings on neckline and sems, kittys is straight. that would lead to the conclusion, that cassandra wears the “extra version” in lost in austen. unfortunatly we don’t see the extra dress big enough to make out the white dots on the fabric or see, if the neckline is indeed assymtric or straight. otherwise i could tell for sure, if the dress is reused on eleanor tilney telling catherine about her elder brother “having his way” with womenin NA 07 and on a maid leading colonel brandon (S&S 08) to his ward. uff. confusing, isn’t it?

    have a great day,
    anna

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Costume Commentary

  1. By the way, that box Mr. Wickham is carrying could be the same in “Northanger Abbey”, as part of Catherine’s luggage. Sorry that the screencap is awful…

  2. If someone is interested, I’ve made a list in GoodReads with the best red/pink dresses in covers. It’s name is “Fair is the Red Rose”

    • There’s a reason for that. Remember they are the least concerned by their appearance. Mary is consumed for her thirst of knowledge and likes to philosophize, and don’t forget what Elizabeth thinks of vanity…

      Besides, there’s an explanation from the Costume Department. I read somewhere that Jacqueline Durran said: “Lizzie Bennet was the tomboy, wore earth colours because she loved the countryside”. That’s why, almost every single of her dresses have long sleeves (except for the Netherfield ballgown). She’s always ready for the mud.

      And as for Mary, her wardrobe is full of “pratical and serious” dresses. She’s not interested in following fashion. She’s not like Jane (who has to be perfect and delicate all the time, being the most beautiful Bennet sister, and the hope of the family) or Kitty and Lydia (happy, reckless, dressed in bright colors and elaborated fabrics, made to catch the eye of men).

  3. You’re absolutely right. I had not noticed those buttons on Kitty’s dress before. It’s the same cut, same everything. Likely a part of the skirt would have been chopped off to make the ruffles on the collar and at the sleeves for Becoming Jane! Thanks for these great pics, they certainly help solve the mystery!

  4. The dress that Cassie wears is probably the exact same one that Kitty wears, though. In this pictures you can see that (apart from the ruffle trimmings on the sleeves & neckline, the dress is pretty much the same. They even have the same two buttons where the neckline meets the skirt! You can see that in image 6 & 7 😀

  5. Actually, upon closer inspection in a Fullscreen version screecap of “Pride & Prejudice,” the dress the extra wears is NOT the same one that Kitty (Pride & Prejudice) or Cassie (Becoming Jane) wears. In the first image (on the extra’s shoulder) you can clearly see the print. The second image is the pretty much the same image, only from the Widescreen version of the DVD. The dress the extra wears is actually worn by Cassie in Becoming Jane, but in a different scene (Image 3 & 4). The images after that are just more screencaps of the extra 😀

  6. It’s true we can’t see the white dots on the dress in P&P, but if indeed it is the same one from Becoming Jane – and I really think it is – then we know they are there. Becoming Jane gives us the chance to see this dress up close, see the design, the cut, the texture and the pattern of the fabric. I absolutely think the dresses from the dance in P&P and Becoming Jane are the same (I’ll be adding them soon, thanks so much for the great catch!)- but its pretty clear from the texture of the gown in NA, as well as the detailing along the neckline It seems to have more ruffles in NA, wheras the dress from the previous two films is a bit more elegant and loose and may even have an overlap, and the fabric in NA is stiffer. I may have to go in search of better pictures of it from Becoming Jane. That may make things more clear! The mystery continues! 🙂

  7. Still, thepossibility remains,that it could be the meryton dance dress, as it is not possible to see any of the white dots on THAT one. and since you saythe dress on eleanor tilneyhas a rougher quality to it, the P&P05 costume designer may have given such a dress to a village crowd extra for the village dance comparing the understated but more refineddress of kitty bennet, who is aftre all a gentleman’s daughter, to it.

    so i’ve come (for) nowto the conclusion, that anna maxwell martin’s dress from becoming jane is more likley the recycled same or a slightly altered double of kitty bennets dress from the P&P05 production whereas the one on eleanor t and themaid certainly is the same in NA and S&S08 and probably is reused from the meryton dance in P&P05 as well. what do you say to that?

    feeling quite like a detective,
    anna

  8. Okay – I’ve had a chance to look more closely and find some pictures of the gown from Northanger Abbey. The two images above, from NA and S&S appear to be the same dress – but they don’t seem to be the pink one. They have much the same cut, but on finding better images, there seems to be no trace of the spotted pattern, and the texture and kind of fabric used seems to be different. The one from NA and S&S has a much more rough quality to it.

  9. Though on second thought, looking at the sleeve flounces – it DOES – look remarkably like the P&P gown. I have no idea if this is the same dress or not! I think it could be…but I don’t know.

  10. Hmmm – I think those two dresses from NA and S&S are certainly the same gown, but I don’t think it’s the pink gown. This one seems an entirely different shade, even in the lighting. And she flounces seem a bit different as well. However – those two gowns are certainly the same one – but I’m not sure they are the pink one fromj P&P.

  11. here are the pics from NA and S&S. but i really couldn’t make out any white dots plus the neckline is straight not asymmetric. so either it is the extra costume from P&P or it’s just recycled in the aforesaid two tv-films and not in P&P at all. what do you think?

  12. PS: but heres another picture of carey mulligan as kitty bennet which clearly shows the unquilled neckline.

    PPS: great idea to make pictures attachable to comments. works really good as a support!

  13. sorry, miswrote it, not lost in austen but becoming jane. so the dress already shown on anna maxwell martin as cassandra austen is meant. i have pictures of the maid in S&S and of eleanor tilney in NA 07 on the table-parts i’ll be sending you.

    ouff, all that austen stuff really gets quite unmanageable…

    as ever,
    anna

  14. You don’t happen to have any caps from it from Lost In Austen or S&S, do you? I do think I remember seeing it on Brandon’s ward now that you mention it…

  15. hi, me (again).

    you know what you’ve said about lizzies pemberley dress and elinor (S&S 08) pinkish one? about similiar costumes made for one movie? i’m absolutly with you on that as this whjite dotted pink dress here is actually not shown twice in P&P 05. the one on the extra at the meryton dance has got quillings on neckline and sems, kittys is straight. that would lead to the conclusion, that cassandra wears the “extra version” in lost in austen. unfortunatly we don’t see the extra dress big enough to make out the white dots on the fabric or see, if the neckline is indeed assymtric or straight. otherwise i could tell for sure, if the dress is reused on eleanor tilney telling catherine about her elder brother “having his way” with womenin NA 07 and on a maid leading colonel brandon (S&S 08) to his ward. uff. confusing, isn’t it?

    have a great day,
    anna

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  1. By the way, that box Mr. Wickham is carrying could be the same in “Northanger Abbey”, as part of Catherine’s luggage. Sorry that the screencap is awful…

  2. If someone is interested, I’ve made a list in GoodReads with the best red/pink dresses in covers. It’s name is “Fair is the Red Rose”

    • There’s a reason for that. Remember they are the least concerned by their appearance. Mary is consumed for her thirst of knowledge and likes to philosophize, and don’t forget what Elizabeth thinks of vanity…

      Besides, there’s an explanation from the Costume Department. I read somewhere that Jacqueline Durran said: “Lizzie Bennet was the tomboy, wore earth colours because she loved the countryside”. That’s why, almost every single of her dresses have long sleeves (except for the Netherfield ballgown). She’s always ready for the mud.

      And as for Mary, her wardrobe is full of “pratical and serious” dresses. She’s not interested in following fashion. She’s not like Jane (who has to be perfect and delicate all the time, being the most beautiful Bennet sister, and the hope of the family) or Kitty and Lydia (happy, reckless, dressed in bright colors and elaborated fabrics, made to catch the eye of men).

  3. You’re absolutely right. I had not noticed those buttons on Kitty’s dress before. It’s the same cut, same everything. Likely a part of the skirt would have been chopped off to make the ruffles on the collar and at the sleeves for Becoming Jane! Thanks for these great pics, they certainly help solve the mystery!

  4. The dress that Cassie wears is probably the exact same one that Kitty wears, though. In this pictures you can see that (apart from the ruffle trimmings on the sleeves & neckline, the dress is pretty much the same. They even have the same two buttons where the neckline meets the skirt! You can see that in image 6 & 7 😀

  5. Actually, upon closer inspection in a Fullscreen version screecap of “Pride & Prejudice,” the dress the extra wears is NOT the same one that Kitty (Pride & Prejudice) or Cassie (Becoming Jane) wears. In the first image (on the extra’s shoulder) you can clearly see the print. The second image is the pretty much the same image, only from the Widescreen version of the DVD. The dress the extra wears is actually worn by Cassie in Becoming Jane, but in a different scene (Image 3 & 4). The images after that are just more screencaps of the extra 😀

  6. It’s true we can’t see the white dots on the dress in P&P, but if indeed it is the same one from Becoming Jane – and I really think it is – then we know they are there. Becoming Jane gives us the chance to see this dress up close, see the design, the cut, the texture and the pattern of the fabric. I absolutely think the dresses from the dance in P&P and Becoming Jane are the same (I’ll be adding them soon, thanks so much for the great catch!)- but its pretty clear from the texture of the gown in NA, as well as the detailing along the neckline It seems to have more ruffles in NA, wheras the dress from the previous two films is a bit more elegant and loose and may even have an overlap, and the fabric in NA is stiffer. I may have to go in search of better pictures of it from Becoming Jane. That may make things more clear! The mystery continues! 🙂

  7. Still, thepossibility remains,that it could be the meryton dance dress, as it is not possible to see any of the white dots on THAT one. and since you saythe dress on eleanor tilneyhas a rougher quality to it, the P&P05 costume designer may have given such a dress to a village crowd extra for the village dance comparing the understated but more refineddress of kitty bennet, who is aftre all a gentleman’s daughter, to it.

    so i’ve come (for) nowto the conclusion, that anna maxwell martin’s dress from becoming jane is more likley the recycled same or a slightly altered double of kitty bennets dress from the P&P05 production whereas the one on eleanor t and themaid certainly is the same in NA and S&S08 and probably is reused from the meryton dance in P&P05 as well. what do you say to that?

    feeling quite like a detective,
    anna

  8. Okay – I’ve had a chance to look more closely and find some pictures of the gown from Northanger Abbey. The two images above, from NA and S&S appear to be the same dress – but they don’t seem to be the pink one. They have much the same cut, but on finding better images, there seems to be no trace of the spotted pattern, and the texture and kind of fabric used seems to be different. The one from NA and S&S has a much more rough quality to it.

  9. Though on second thought, looking at the sleeve flounces – it DOES – look remarkably like the P&P gown. I have no idea if this is the same dress or not! I think it could be…but I don’t know.

  10. Hmmm – I think those two dresses from NA and S&S are certainly the same gown, but I don’t think it’s the pink gown. This one seems an entirely different shade, even in the lighting. And she flounces seem a bit different as well. However – those two gowns are certainly the same one – but I’m not sure they are the pink one fromj P&P.

  11. here are the pics from NA and S&S. but i really couldn’t make out any white dots plus the neckline is straight not asymmetric. so either it is the extra costume from P&P or it’s just recycled in the aforesaid two tv-films and not in P&P at all. what do you think?

  12. PS: but heres another picture of carey mulligan as kitty bennet which clearly shows the unquilled neckline.

    PPS: great idea to make pictures attachable to comments. works really good as a support!

  13. sorry, miswrote it, not lost in austen but becoming jane. so the dress already shown on anna maxwell martin as cassandra austen is meant. i have pictures of the maid in S&S and of eleanor tilney in NA 07 on the table-parts i’ll be sending you.

    ouff, all that austen stuff really gets quite unmanageable…

    as ever,
    anna

  14. You don’t happen to have any caps from it from Lost In Austen or S&S, do you? I do think I remember seeing it on Brandon’s ward now that you mention it…

  15. hi, me (again).

    you know what you’ve said about lizzies pemberley dress and elinor (S&S 08) pinkish one? about similiar costumes made for one movie? i’m absolutly with you on that as this whjite dotted pink dress here is actually not shown twice in P&P 05. the one on the extra at the meryton dance has got quillings on neckline and sems, kittys is straight. that would lead to the conclusion, that cassandra wears the “extra version” in lost in austen. unfortunatly we don’t see the extra dress big enough to make out the white dots on the fabric or see, if the neckline is indeed assymtric or straight. otherwise i could tell for sure, if the dress is reused on eleanor tilney telling catherine about her elder brother “having his way” with womenin NA 07 and on a maid leading colonel brandon (S&S 08) to his ward. uff. confusing, isn’t it?

    have a great day,
    anna

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