Probably best known as the costume designer for everyone’s favorite Pride and Prejudice (the 1995 one, don’t fight me!), Dinah Collin has a few other frock flicks on her resume.
In an interview with The Argus, Dinah Collin talked about how she wants her work to blend into the background:
“The costume should be completely secondary so that you just become involved in the characters, particularly on television where it’s so important one believes in them. You know when you’ve cracked it because the actors are so appreciative.”
Well, maybe it’s hard to find decent costume because they’re so ‘secondary,’ but let’s see what I can dig up!
Edward II (1970)
A Tale of Two Cities (1980)
Fanny by Gaslight (1981)
Portrait of a Marriage (1990)
Pride and Prejudice (1995)
In the Sydney Morning Herald, Dinah Collin said of her work on this show:
“I don’t think it’s essential to be slavishly historically correct to the letter. I like to find that step between them and us, translating between the two flavours. It has to appeal to people in the modern day.”
Make sure to click the title for our detailed article about Pride and Prejudice costuming with tons of quotes from Collin and the director and other behind-the-scenes info, as well as our historical analysis!
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
Dinah Collin used and reproduced many period garments for this production. She told The Argus:
“With those sort of period films, it’s about taking original clothes and copying them. I wasn’t aware how many amazing late-1930s dresses there are sitting in New York costume houses.”
She also worked with Swarovski to make stunning copies of jewels owned by the British royal family, which were worn by Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth (the current queen’s mum).
Dad’s Army (2016)
My Cousin Rachel (2017)
In The Telegraph, Dinah Collin said of her designs for Rachel Weisz in this remake of the ’50s classic, “We wanted her to look really elegant but also classic so we set her in the 1840s.” Click on the title for our full review with more details about the costumes and historical analysis!
What’s your favorite Dinah Collin frock flick — and is the 1995 Pride and Prejudice the best of all P&Ps?
P&P and Yes. I also liked My Cousin Rachel and Portrait of a Marriage
I luv, luv, luv Dinah Collin’s work and I especially like her designs for Edward II. She created wonderfully stylistic, yet stark and sexy, ‘medieval’ costumes, which worked incredibly well with the theatricality of Ian McKellen and Timothy West’s performances especially. I also really appreciate her work on My Cousin Rachel, which is a period I normally dislike when it comes to clothing – but so much detail and the fit of each gown was superb!
Yay! Lots of good work here. I’d like to watch Hyde Park on Hudson. :-) P&P is great in my opinion. :-)
Huh, FDR played by Bill Murray. I thought I read that wrong first! I think I’ll have to find and watch this. I’m intrigued. Collins appears to have an amazing set of work. I obviously adore this P&P version. My Cousin Rachel is on my TBW list.
At least three ;)
GLADIATRESS is one of my favourite movies – it’s so silly and it’s so good to see British comedy entirely driven by funny women. In our family, if we see a symbol of a fish, someone is bound to say, “the Fush the fush, the TEERRIBLE Fush” in a teerrible scots accent….well I guess you had to be there…
Proud of my relative!