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Fashion in film: Jane Austen costumes on display at

PUBLISHED: 15:33 28 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:47 20 February 2013

Fashion in film: Jane Austen costumes on display at

Fashion in film: Jane Austen costumes on display at

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts, which is returning to Exeter Westpoint from September 27 to 30, will be celebrating Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's timeless love story along with her other beloved classics

Fashion in film: Jane Austen costumes on display at
Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts, Exeter

Westpoint, Exeter 27-30 September 2012

It took our breath away and inspired a new generation of women to hunt for their Mr Darcy, who, ideally, would emerge from a lake, with a white linen shirt clinging to his soaked frame.

The more romantic among us will also have dreamed of a wearing the same gorgeous, wedding-striped silk wedding gown that Elizabeth Bennett wore to marry the love of her life. And wouldnt it be lovely if the groom could bear a more-than-passing resemblance to Colin Firth?

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts, which is returning to Exeter Westpoint from September 27 to 30, will be celebrating Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austens timeless love story along with her other beloved classics, with a star-studded collection of costumes from some of the most famous television and film adaptations. It is a fantastic opportunity to see exactly what goes in to the creation of some of the most iconic outfits in costume drama, with each outfit depicting the changing fashions of the time and showcasing the exquisite needlework and craftsmanship that went into their design.

One of the best known adaptations of Austens 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice was a six-episode BBC TV drama in 1995. Starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth as Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy, the seriesreceived critical acclaim with Jennifer winning a BAFTA for Best Actress for her performance and costume designer Dinah Collin being recognised with an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Miniseries or a Special.

As with all period dramas, the costumes had to reflect the wealth, status and personality of each character. Due to limitations, each costume had to be designed and made from scratch for the series, with Dinah recognising the importance of authenticity while still giving the costumes a contemporary element to make them attractive to a modern audience.

Included in the collection are some of the most iconic outfits from the series including Elizabeths striped silk taffeta empire-style wedding gown from when she marries her true love Mr Darcy and his white linen shirt from when he emerges from the lake on his Pemberley estate. This was the moment that eclipsed all other actors who had played Darcy, and instantly catapulted Firth to stardom, making this the most favoured adaptation of this novel for many.

The BAFTA and Oscar award winning adaptation of Austens 1811 novel Sense and Sensibility received critical praise. The costumes were important to its success and were masterminded by renowned British costume designers Jenny Beavan and John Bright. Included in the collection are some of the films most recognisable costumes including Elinor Dashwoods (Emma Thompson) simple muslin dress which she wears to afternoon tea at Barton Park and also for a picnic at their own cottage will be on display and Marianne Dashwoods (Kate Winslet) moss green silk dress worn on their move to Devon and on her deathly walk across the fields to see Willoughbys home. As well as this Colonel Brandons (Alan Rickman) black corduroy jacket and black and red striped waistcoat will be on display.

The difference between the luxurious costumes of the landed gentry and the plainer clothes of the lower classes can clearly be seen when comparing Gwyneth Paltrows dress from her title role in the Oscar nominated adaptation of Austens 1815 novel Emma and Fanny Prices (Billie Piper) dresses from the ITV adaptation of Austens 1814 novel Mansfield Park. Each dress reflects the social status of the leading lady with Emmas elaborate green and white dress worn in the famous scene on Box Hill and Fannys plain green striped cotton dress worn throughout the series on display at the show.

  • More than 150 exhibitors from across the region and UK, with the very latest products, ideas and innovations.

  • Devon based Ruth and Belinda will be in the Knitting Lounge.

  • The fantastic Sewing Hub where you can overcome your fear of sewing machines at the Sewing Machine Clinic or peruse the latest patterns at the Dressmakers Pattern Bar.

  • The exciting Smocking Treasures of the WI collection celebrating this traditional English craft.

  • Help to celebrate the best of British with the brand new Glimpses of Blighty display.

  • Art lovers will enjoy the specialist Artists and Art Suppliers Area, which will play host to a select group of artist demonstrators and art suppliers who will be offering the latest products as well as their expert advice.

  • A free programme of Quick & Easy Workshops, Talks and Demonstrations each day of the show.

Make sure you visit Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts at Westpoint, Exeter this September. With so many fantastic features, inspiring ideas and top advice from the experts, you will leave the show bursting with ideas. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit


Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts Show, Westpoint, Exeter
27-30 September 2012
Open 09.30 17.00 (Sat 17.30)
Adults 7.50 on door (6.00 advanced price when ordered by 5pm Mon 24th September)
Seniors 6.50 at door (5.00 advanced price when ordered by 5pm Mon 24th September)
Children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult (otherwise 3)
Buy tickets on-line at or Phone Ticket Hotline: 01425 277988

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