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    • ITV

    Lillie

    1978

    Costume seen on Francesca Annis as Lillie Langtry

    • ITV
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

    Cribb: Invitation to a Dynamite Party

    1981

    Costume seen on Jeananne Crowley as Rossanna McGee

    • ITV

    The Forsyte Saga

    2002

    Costume seen on Gina Mckee as Irene

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About the Costume

This beautiful Victorian gown is an excellent example of the importance of both good alterations and using the appropriate undergarments for a period gown. It’s a true testament to the quality of the costumes that are reused and recycled over the years that they can still hold up well enough and look beautiful after two, three – sometimes even twelve uses. However, even a gown that is still in excellent condition after a long period will suffer and lose its proper shape if it is not worn with the proper undergarments around which it was originally designed.

This Victorian gown was created for Francesca Annis in the 1978 mini-series Lillie, in which she played the title character of Lillie Langtry. Her dress is not only stunning – it fits her like a glove and is supported underneath by the proper corset that gives it a very distinctive shape. The gown was used again in 1981 on Jeananne Crowley as Rossanna McGee in Cribb: Invitation to a Dynamite Party. This time it appears that the proper undergarments are there, but it is just a bit too large for Jeananne Crowley. The gown was seen a third time by Gina Mckee as Irene in the 2002 production of The Forsyte Saga. McKee may be wearing some kind of corset, though if she is, the gown is far too large for her and has not been taken in appropriately at all. The gown on McKee is still in relatively good condition, but without being properly supported and fitted is frankly unremarkable. It is fascinating to see the vast differences between its appearance in 2002 and 1978.

 

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About the Costume

This beautiful Victorian gown is an excellent example of the importance of both good alterations and using the appropriate undergarments for a period gown. It’s a true testament to the quality of the costumes that are reused and recycled over the years that they can still hold up well enough and look beautiful after two, three – sometimes even twelve uses. However, even a gown that is still in excellent condition after a long period will suffer and lose its proper shape if it is not worn with the proper undergarments around which it was originally designed.

This Victorian gown was created for Francesca Annis in the 1978 mini-series Lillie, in which she played the title character of Lillie Langtry. Her dress is not only stunning – it fits her like a glove and is supported underneath by the proper corset that gives it a very distinctive shape. The gown was used again in 1981 on Jeananne Crowley as Rossanna McGee in Cribb: Invitation to a Dynamite Party. This time it appears that the proper undergarments are there, but it is just a bit too large for Jeananne Crowley. The gown was seen a third time by Gina Mckee as Irene in the 2002 production of The Forsyte Saga. McKee may be wearing some kind of corset, though if she is, the gown is far too large for her and has not been taken in appropriately at all. The gown on McKee is still in relatively good condition, but without being properly supported and fitted is frankly unremarkable. It is fascinating to see the vast differences between its appearance in 2002 and 1978.

 

This beautiful Victorian gown is an excellent example of the importance of both good alterations and using the appropriate undergarments for a period gown. It’s a true testament to the quality of the costumes that are reused and recycled over the years that they can still hold up well enough and look beautiful after two, three – sometimes even twelve uses. However, even a gown that is still in excellent condition after a long period will suffer and lose its proper shape if it is not worn with the proper undergarments around which it was originally designed.

This Victorian gown was created for Francesca Annis in the 1978 mini-series Lillie, in which she played the title character of Lillie Langtry. Her dress is not only stunning – it fits her like a glove and is supported underneath by the proper corset that gives it a very distinctive shape. The gown was used again in 1981 on Jeananne Crowley as Rossanna McGee in Cribb: Invitation to a Dynamite Party. This time it appears that the proper undergarments are there, but it is just a bit too large for Jeananne Crowley. The gown was seen a third time by Gina Mckee as Irene in the 2002 production of The Forsyte Saga. McKee may be wearing some kind of corset, though if she is, the gown is far too large for her and has not been taken in appropriately at all. The gown on McKee is still in relatively good condition, but without being properly supported and fitted is frankly unremarkable. It is fascinating to see the vast differences between its appearance in 2002 and 1978.

 

Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • James
  • Shrewsbury Lasses
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Costume Designer:
  • Linda Mattock
  • Frances Tempest

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