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  • Sally Cookson as Perdita Brett playing Cinderella wearing a white and gold gown in the episode "Grand Finale" of the 1987 series "The Bretts."
    • ITV

    The Bretts: Grand Finale

    1987

    Costume seen on Sally Cookson as Perdita Brett (playing Cinderella)

  • An extra as a singer wearing a white and gold gown in the 1991 mini-series "Clarissa."
    • BBC

    Clarissa

    1991

    Costume seen on an uncredited actress as singer

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About the Costume

This Georgian era gown has been used in two productions. It was first seen in The Bretts in 1987, in the episode Grand Finale, where it was worn by Sally Cookson as Perdita Brett, playing Cinderella on stage. The second time it was seen was in the 1991 adaptation of the Samuel Richardson novel Clarissa, where it was worn by an uncredited actress as a singer.

What makes this costume notable is that this piece was designed to be seen as a costume. While its shape is clearly that of the eighteenth century, it is not meant to be worn as the everyday clothing of a character in the 18th century. It is very specifically an 18th century version of a stage costume.  This differentiation, though seemingly small, is extremely important and serves to illustrate just how much thought a costume designer puts into their work to show the different ways in which a character would wear their clothes and how that character would actually view what they are wearing.

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About the Costume

This Georgian era gown has been used in two productions. It was first seen in The Bretts in 1987, in the episode Grand Finale, where it was worn by Sally Cookson as Perdita Brett, playing Cinderella on stage. The second time it was seen was in the 1991 adaptation of the Samuel Richardson novel Clarissa, where it was worn by an uncredited actress as a singer.

What makes this costume notable is that this piece was designed to be seen as a costume. While its shape is clearly that of the eighteenth century, it is not meant to be worn as the everyday clothing of a character in the 18th century. It is very specifically an 18th century version of a stage costume.  This differentiation, though seemingly small, is extremely important and serves to illustrate just how much thought a costume designer puts into their work to show the different ways in which a character would wear their clothes and how that character would actually view what they are wearing.

This Georgian era gown has been used in two productions. It was first seen in The Bretts in 1987, in the episode Grand Finale, where it was worn by Sally Cookson as Perdita Brett, playing Cinderella on stage. The second time it was seen was in the 1991 adaptation of the Samuel Richardson novel Clarissa, where it was worn by an uncredited actress as a singer.

What makes this costume notable is that this piece was designed to be seen as a costume. While its shape is clearly that of the eighteenth century, it is not meant to be worn as the everyday clothing of a character in the 18th century. It is very specifically an 18th century version of a stage costume.  This differentiation, though seemingly small, is extremely important and serves to illustrate just how much thought a costume designer puts into their work to show the different ways in which a character would wear their clothes and how that character would actually view what they are wearing.

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Sighting Credit:
  • Shrewsbury Lasses
Photos provided by:
  • Shrewsbury Lasses
  • justprosper
Costume Designer:
  • Val Metheringham

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  1. I think this one might be in that dance scene in Beauty and the Beast when all the extras are wearing white robes a la francaise. I think I recognized the bodice, without the lavish trim on the skirt.

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Costume Commentary

  1. I think this one might be in that dance scene in Beauty and the Beast when all the extras are wearing white robes a la francaise. I think I recognized the bodice, without the lavish trim on the skirt.

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  1. I think this one might be in that dance scene in Beauty and the Beast when all the extras are wearing white robes a la francaise. I think I recognized the bodice, without the lavish trim on the skirt.

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