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  • Sadie Frost as The Governess wearing a purple dress with black detailing in the 1999 film "Presence of Mind."
    • Columbia TriStar Films de España
    • Televisión Española (TVE)
    • Canal+ España

    Presence of Mind

    1999

    Costume seen on Sadie Frost as The Governess

  • Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton wearing a purple dress with black detailing in the 2004 mini-series "North and South."
    • BBC

    North and South

    2004

    Costume seen on Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton

  • Emma Fielding as Miss Galindo wearing a purple dress with black detailing in the 2007 series "Cranford."
    • BBC

    Cranford

    2007

    Costume seen on Emma Fielding as Miss Galindo

  • Sarah Hadland wearing a purple dress with black detailing in the 2012 series "Horrible Histories."
    • BBC

    Horrible Histories

    2012

    Costume seen on Sarah Hadland

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About the Costume

Costume designer Yvonne Blake most likely designed this purple gown for use in the 1999 film Presence of Mind, where Sadie Frost wore it as The Governess. 

The piece was seen again on Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton in the 2004 mini-series North and South. The gown’s color subtly depicts how Fanny’s comfortable life is built on the distress of the working class when the character Boucher is found drowned in a canal, his face covered in the same purple dyes as her gown.

 In 2007 the piece was worn by Emma Fielding as Miss Galindo in Cranford, and in 2012 it appeared in Horrible Histories on Sarah Hadland in a sketch about Victorian fashion.

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About the Costume

Costume designer Yvonne Blake most likely designed this purple gown for use in the 1999 film Presence of Mind, where Sadie Frost wore it as The Governess. 

The piece was seen again on Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton in the 2004 mini-series North and South. The gown’s color subtly depicts how Fanny’s comfortable life is built on the distress of the working class when the character Boucher is found drowned in a canal, his face covered in the same purple dyes as her gown.

 In 2007 the piece was worn by Emma Fielding as Miss Galindo in Cranford, and in 2012 it appeared in Horrible Histories on Sarah Hadland in a sketch about Victorian fashion.

Costume designer Yvonne Blake most likely designed this purple gown for use in the 1999 film Presence of Mind, where Sadie Frost wore it as The Governess. 

The piece was seen again on Jo Joyner as Fanny Thornton in the 2004 mini-series North and South. The gown’s color subtly depicts how Fanny’s comfortable life is built on the distress of the working class when the character Boucher is found drowned in a canal, his face covered in the same purple dyes as her gown.

 In 2007 the piece was worn by Emma Fielding as Miss Galindo in Cranford, and in 2012 it appeared in Horrible Histories on Sarah Hadland in a sketch about Victorian fashion.

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  1. The costume seems to be a creation of late costume designer Yvonne Blake for a 1999 Spanish-American screen version of Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” named “Presence of Mind”. It was worn by Sadie Frost as the governess. On her the vague bondagey touches on the costume make some sense. Specially since this version seems to play (and creep) up the tension between her and her “master” Harvey Keitel.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/408ff5f470559f6a75002939ed2cef2517f5c4659d420550a9871d08aa469d2d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ddd17b0b788fc6394b329110f5a57a35586abe0ba6d44bb9a5220159b5b4881a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c39da72e4daef3c014e9708f156230a9ca0b80306f6155cbf368f9a98884b4bd.jpg

    • Anna, I love that you just found this. I literally just found this as well when I saw he image on Frock Flicks. From the back even I was able to say to myself “Wait a second, is that the dress from North and South?” googled it and yes! I am glad you clearly had the same thought. Thanks for doing more digging for me and finding out who it was and finding me some better screenshots.

    • Wow, neat find, Anna. Great insights and research about the color. In retrospect, it’s not surprising that it wasn’t made for North & South, as most (all?) of Fanny’s gowns were recycled from earlier projects.

      And, of course, now I’d like to view this film. 😀

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Costume Commentary

  1. The costume seems to be a creation of late costume designer Yvonne Blake for a 1999 Spanish-American screen version of Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” named “Presence of Mind”. It was worn by Sadie Frost as the governess. On her the vague bondagey touches on the costume make some sense. Specially since this version seems to play (and creep) up the tension between her and her “master” Harvey Keitel.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/408ff5f470559f6a75002939ed2cef2517f5c4659d420550a9871d08aa469d2d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ddd17b0b788fc6394b329110f5a57a35586abe0ba6d44bb9a5220159b5b4881a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c39da72e4daef3c014e9708f156230a9ca0b80306f6155cbf368f9a98884b4bd.jpg

    • Anna, I love that you just found this. I literally just found this as well when I saw he image on Frock Flicks. From the back even I was able to say to myself “Wait a second, is that the dress from North and South?” googled it and yes! I am glad you clearly had the same thought. Thanks for doing more digging for me and finding out who it was and finding me some better screenshots.

    • Wow, neat find, Anna. Great insights and research about the color. In retrospect, it’s not surprising that it wasn’t made for North & South, as most (all?) of Fanny’s gowns were recycled from earlier projects.

      And, of course, now I’d like to view this film. 😀

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  1. The costume seems to be a creation of late costume designer Yvonne Blake for a 1999 Spanish-American screen version of Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” named “Presence of Mind”. It was worn by Sadie Frost as the governess. On her the vague bondagey touches on the costume make some sense. Specially since this version seems to play (and creep) up the tension between her and her “master” Harvey Keitel.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/408ff5f470559f6a75002939ed2cef2517f5c4659d420550a9871d08aa469d2d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ddd17b0b788fc6394b329110f5a57a35586abe0ba6d44bb9a5220159b5b4881a.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c39da72e4daef3c014e9708f156230a9ca0b80306f6155cbf368f9a98884b4bd.jpg

    • Anna, I love that you just found this. I literally just found this as well when I saw he image on Frock Flicks. From the back even I was able to say to myself “Wait a second, is that the dress from North and South?” googled it and yes! I am glad you clearly had the same thought. Thanks for doing more digging for me and finding out who it was and finding me some better screenshots.

    • Wow, neat find, Anna. Great insights and research about the color. In retrospect, it’s not surprising that it wasn’t made for North & South, as most (all?) of Fanny’s gowns were recycled from earlier projects.

      And, of course, now I’d like to view this film. 😀

Comment