TBT: Miss Julie (1999) Costumes by Sandy Powell


There’s a new version of Miss Julie out in theaters. This is an adaptation of the 1888 August Strindberg play and tells a dark, dramatic, and a bit twisted examination of the relationship between mistress and servant. The current version stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell, but back in 1999, there was a version starring Saffron Burrows and Peter Mullan. Most importantly, the costumes in the 1999 version were designed by none other than the great Sandy Powell.

I don’t know if I liked the story enough to bother seeing the new one, and I don’t know if I can really recommend the 1999 one, unless you’re into twisted, claustrophobic character studies.

But I can tell you that Miss Julie/Saffron Burrows’s primary costume from that 1999 version was STUNNING:

1999 Miss Julie

(c) MGM

Miss Julie (1999) costumes by Sandy Powell
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Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

4 Responses

  1. clara

    I remember studying this play in class (Thus starting a love/hate relationship with Strindberg) and thinking that I never ever wanted to see an adaptation of it because only reading it had been a very emotionally draining experience.
    BUT JESUS CHRIST IS THAT DRESS GORGEOUS. (and the boots. I want a pair like those.)