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  • Frances O'Connor as Emma Bovary wearing a gray and white dress in the 2000 film "Madame Bovary."
    • BBC

    Madame Bovary

    2000

    Costume seen on Frances O'Connor as Emma Bovary

  • Fenella Woolgar as Arabella French wearing a gray and white dress in the 2004 mini-series "He Knew He Was Right."
    • BBC Wales

    He Knew He Was Right

    2004

    Costume seen on Fenella Woolgar as Arabella French

  • Sally Hawkins as Sue Trinder wearing a gray and white dress in the 2005 mini-series "Fingersmith."
    • BBC

    Fingersmith

    2005

    Costume seen on Sally Hawkins as Sue Trinder

  • An uncredited actress wearing a gray and white dress in the 2009 mini-series "Desperate Romantics."
    • BBC

    Desperate Romantics

    2009

    Costume seen on an uncredited actress

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Actress Frances O’Connor wore this lovely gown for her portrayal of Emma Bovary in the 2000 production of Madame Bovary. Only four years later, in He Knew He Was Right Fenella Woolgar wore the dress in the role of Arabella French. The gown was reused for Fingersmith in 2005, where it was spotted being worn by Sally Hawkins as Sue Trinder. Finally, in 2009 it was worn by an uncredited actress in the BBC television mini-series Desperate Romantics.

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About the Costume

Actress Frances O’Connor wore this lovely gown for her portrayal of Emma Bovary in the 2000 production of Madame Bovary. Only four years later, in He Knew He Was Right Fenella Woolgar wore the dress in the role of Arabella French. The gown was reused for Fingersmith in 2005, where it was spotted being worn by Sally Hawkins as Sue Trinder. Finally, in 2009 it was worn by an uncredited actress in the BBC television mini-series Desperate Romantics.

Actress Frances O’Connor wore this lovely gown for her portrayal of Emma Bovary in the 2000 production of Madame Bovary. Only four years later, in He Knew He Was Right Fenella Woolgar wore the dress in the role of Arabella French. The gown was reused for Fingersmith in 2005, where it was spotted being worn by Sally Hawkins as Sue Trinder. Finally, in 2009 it was worn by an uncredited actress in the BBC television mini-series Desperate Romantics.

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  1. There’s a day dress similar to this print–I think in North & South? It might (or might not) have been recycled in BBC’s new adaptation of Little Women. I don’t have many costumes from this period imprinted on my memory, so I haven’t recognized any definitively. There are LOTS of “sensible” print day dresses: plaids, checks, calicos, and even a few silk evening gowns worn with hoop crinolines. I believe filming was in Ireland, so it’s possible they rented from an Irish costume house.

    • I saw that too! 🙂 I was watching a low res version, so maybe when it comes to PBS and I can get some high res shots, I might be able to see if it’s the same dress made over – but I did see it was a similar fabric. It was a dress on Meg, if I remember correctly….I’ll need to watch through the show again. I think there are a few things to be found.

  2. This one was worn even before “Madame Bovary”. If I’m not wrong, it appears in “American Friends” (1991), worn by Connie Booth as Miss Caroline Hartley. But it is hard to find a good picture; although the shape of sleeves is quite particular…

  3. i believe this gown was on a girl in the 4th or more likely 5th episode od BBC’s desperate romantics. hunt/rafe spall was visiting somewhere with a bouqut of flowers, were three girls had some kind of fine-pacing-lessons or something like that. one of them wore it, unfortunatly i can’t remember if she’s been on the show before and her name wasn’t mentioned in that scene. hunt peeps at those girls for a while and then leaves without them taking notice.

  4. perhaps you all meant this (really lovely) north and south musselin-gown with printed green flowers? it was also in madame bovary with frances o’connor.

    @melissa m.: try to get a copy of north and south if you possibly can. you’ll miss the best parts of oeriod drama if you don’t ;o)

  5. Come to think of it, I remember seeing several gowns in this style a few years ago, in the catalog for the auction of pieces from Tasha Tudor’s vintage clothing collection.

  6. There is another one from North and South that looks VERY similar to this one. I made the very same mistake thinking it was this one too.

  7. I recognized this costume the first time I viewed He Knew He Was Right, but I mistakenly thought it had come from North & South. Glad to learn at last where I had seen it before!

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Costume Commentary

  1. There’s a day dress similar to this print–I think in North & South? It might (or might not) have been recycled in BBC’s new adaptation of Little Women. I don’t have many costumes from this period imprinted on my memory, so I haven’t recognized any definitively. There are LOTS of “sensible” print day dresses: plaids, checks, calicos, and even a few silk evening gowns worn with hoop crinolines. I believe filming was in Ireland, so it’s possible they rented from an Irish costume house.

    • I saw that too! 🙂 I was watching a low res version, so maybe when it comes to PBS and I can get some high res shots, I might be able to see if it’s the same dress made over – but I did see it was a similar fabric. It was a dress on Meg, if I remember correctly….I’ll need to watch through the show again. I think there are a few things to be found.

  2. This one was worn even before “Madame Bovary”. If I’m not wrong, it appears in “American Friends” (1991), worn by Connie Booth as Miss Caroline Hartley. But it is hard to find a good picture; although the shape of sleeves is quite particular…

  3. i believe this gown was on a girl in the 4th or more likely 5th episode od BBC’s desperate romantics. hunt/rafe spall was visiting somewhere with a bouqut of flowers, were three girls had some kind of fine-pacing-lessons or something like that. one of them wore it, unfortunatly i can’t remember if she’s been on the show before and her name wasn’t mentioned in that scene. hunt peeps at those girls for a while and then leaves without them taking notice.

  4. perhaps you all meant this (really lovely) north and south musselin-gown with printed green flowers? it was also in madame bovary with frances o’connor.

    @melissa m.: try to get a copy of north and south if you possibly can. you’ll miss the best parts of oeriod drama if you don’t ;o)

  5. Come to think of it, I remember seeing several gowns in this style a few years ago, in the catalog for the auction of pieces from Tasha Tudor’s vintage clothing collection.

  6. There is another one from North and South that looks VERY similar to this one. I made the very same mistake thinking it was this one too.

  7. I recognized this costume the first time I viewed He Knew He Was Right, but I mistakenly thought it had come from North & South. Glad to learn at last where I had seen it before!

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  1. There’s a day dress similar to this print–I think in North & South? It might (or might not) have been recycled in BBC’s new adaptation of Little Women. I don’t have many costumes from this period imprinted on my memory, so I haven’t recognized any definitively. There are LOTS of “sensible” print day dresses: plaids, checks, calicos, and even a few silk evening gowns worn with hoop crinolines. I believe filming was in Ireland, so it’s possible they rented from an Irish costume house.

    • I saw that too! 🙂 I was watching a low res version, so maybe when it comes to PBS and I can get some high res shots, I might be able to see if it’s the same dress made over – but I did see it was a similar fabric. It was a dress on Meg, if I remember correctly….I’ll need to watch through the show again. I think there are a few things to be found.

  2. This one was worn even before “Madame Bovary”. If I’m not wrong, it appears in “American Friends” (1991), worn by Connie Booth as Miss Caroline Hartley. But it is hard to find a good picture; although the shape of sleeves is quite particular…

  3. i believe this gown was on a girl in the 4th or more likely 5th episode od BBC’s desperate romantics. hunt/rafe spall was visiting somewhere with a bouqut of flowers, were three girls had some kind of fine-pacing-lessons or something like that. one of them wore it, unfortunatly i can’t remember if she’s been on the show before and her name wasn’t mentioned in that scene. hunt peeps at those girls for a while and then leaves without them taking notice.

  4. perhaps you all meant this (really lovely) north and south musselin-gown with printed green flowers? it was also in madame bovary with frances o’connor.

    @melissa m.: try to get a copy of north and south if you possibly can. you’ll miss the best parts of oeriod drama if you don’t ;o)

  5. Come to think of it, I remember seeing several gowns in this style a few years ago, in the catalog for the auction of pieces from Tasha Tudor’s vintage clothing collection.

  6. There is another one from North and South that looks VERY similar to this one. I made the very same mistake thinking it was this one too.

  7. I recognized this costume the first time I viewed He Knew He Was Right, but I mistakenly thought it had come from North & South. Glad to learn at last where I had seen it before!

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