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 on 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.
Costume Credit: Shrewsbury Lasses
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