Historical Fashion
Comments 2

The Many Looks of Miss Elizabeth Bennet

bennet

A little while ago, I watched the six hour 1995 version of Pride and Prejudice.  I know I have mentioned it on this blog before as one of my favorite movies…and it truly is.  No matter how many times I have watched it, I still find it as wonderfully fulfilling as the first time.  Of course, drooling over all those amazing gowns doesn’t hurt either! 🙂

Yet, there have been many adaptations of this beloved story, and each with their own gowns and styles.  I thought it would be rather fun to take a look at the four most famous versions of the novel focusing on the looks of the title character (and my favorite)  – Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

1940 – Starring Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier

Poster - Pride and Prejudice_04

While, not my favorite version, it is still considered a classic with many wonderful parts in it. However, I can’t say that the gowns worn are all that accurate.  A bit of 1860 meets 1830 with a brief stop in 1810.  With that said, here are a few of my favorite gowns from this film:

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Everett Collection / Rex USA ( 605209FK ) PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, Greer Garson, Laurence Olivier, Maureen O'Sullivan, Bruce Lester Various - 1940s

Pride-and-Prejudice-1940

1980 – Starring Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul

253px-PrideAndPrejudiceBBC

Another sweet version with clothing MUCH more appropriate for the time period!  I especially love the various chemisettes that Elizabeth Bennet wears!

pride-and-prejudice-1980-elizabeth-bennet-x-400

purpleflowers_pp

1995 – Starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth

Pride-and-Prejudice

This one is the best.  Period.  Done.  I love absolutely everything about it from the scenery, to the acting, to, of course, the gowns!  If you want to be truly inspired and taken away…this is the one to see!  Here are a few of my favorite looks Lizzie wears:

pride1pe1

tumblr_m89jdv6Ldb1r94uu2o1_500

2005 -Starring Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen

large_lAb9l4kgc6QWnHamBzTnskt71A7

While this one takes the prize on music, I still find it a bit more Hollywood-esque than the previous versions.  However, Kiera Knightly’s Lizzie is just as spunky as the rest of them!  Here are my favorite looks from the film:

KeiraKnightley-PridePrejudice5

pride-and-prejudice-2005

While the gowns I have chosen from each film may not be the most glamorous, they are still captivating in their own way!  Looking at all these delicious outfits has me most definitely in the sewing mood!  I’m off to my sewing machine! 🙂

signature

2 Comments

  1. Terry says

    Funny how people get different impressions of things. My favorite Elizabeth Bennet will always be Elizabeth Garvie, my favorite Mr. Darcy will always be David Rintoul. Such lovely, balanced, appropriate performances from that cast. Jennifer Ehle’s performance seemed frozen in posing, Greer Garson did not behave in as a proper Regency era young lady, and Keira Knightley was poorly dressed and had — bangs!! Well, that’s my view anyway! Thanks for posting this – I love to compare these particular movies.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s