Through May 16, the Jane Austen House Museum is displaying a selection of costumes designed by Rosalind Ebbutt for the recent BBC Emma adaptation starring Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller. The museum itself is housed in Chawton Cottage, Austen’s home from 1808 until her death.
While many of the fashions worn in the miniseries were actually created for other productions, Ebbutt was responsible for a majority of the pieces worn by the production’s principal actors. The current exhibit includes pieces designed for Romola Garai as Emma, Jonny Lee Miller as Mr. Knightley, Sir Michael Gambon as Mr. Woodhouse, and Laura Pyper as Jane Fairfax.
The Jane Austen House Museum’s website lists a May 7 event featuring Rosalind Ebbutt herself – wish I could go!
More information about the exhibit:
- Emma costume photos by Rebecca Smith, Jane Austen House Museum Writer in Residence
- More Emma costume photos by Rebecca Smith, Jane Austen House Museum Writer in Residence
- Jane Austen House Museum website
- AustenOnly’s report on the exhibit
More information about Emma adaptation costumes:
- 2009-2010 BBC Emma costume trivia (IMDB.com)
- Emma DVD review (the DVD special features include interviews with Rosalind Ebbutt and various cast members regarding costuming in the miniseries)
- Rosalind Ebbutt at IMDB.com
- Recycled Movie Costumes
- Heather’s Jane Austen Movie Gowns site
- Costuming Emmas 1-3
Other links of possible interest:
- 209-2010 BBC Emma section at the Emma Adaptations Pages
- Learn more about Chawton Cottage and other places relevant to Jane Austen’s life at SeekingJaneAusten.com.