Recreating, from the BBC miniseries Daniel Deronda, Gwendolen Harleth’s purple striped early 1870s day bodice, to be worn with the skirt from my 1870-71 evening dress.
The Fabric & Trim
Purple and white striped silk shantung, accented with purple cotton velvet, interlined with cotton organza, lined with cotton sateen. I’ve read other people’s take on the color of this dress — purple and white, purple and grey, blue and white, blue and grey. To my eye, it reads as purple and white (under colored lights and/or shadows), particularly if you look at it in the “daylight” shots! What are you gonna do?
Bodice: draped by me.
Bonnet: Lynn McMasters’s Mid-Victorian Winter Bonnet.
- Arnold, Janet. Patterns of Fashion: Englishwomen’s Dresses & Their Construction. Vol. 2: 1838-1940. New York: Drama Book Specialists, 1972.
- Hunnisett, Jean. Period Costume for Stage & Screen: Patterns for Women’s Dress 1800-1909. Studio City, CA: Players Press, 1991.