WCW: Claire Danes

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Claire Danes is a super talented actress, and I’m torn between “I don’t think of her as a frock flicks actress” and “how have we not done her yet??” So, without further ado, here’s her historical film/TV resume:

 

Beth in Little Women (1994)

Little Women (1994) movie costumes

THE iconic adaptation, if you ask us.

Little Women (1994)

Despite bonnets and hoops, we love it!

Little Women (1994)

She’s shy and retiring, hence her sweet lace collar.

 

Glady Jo in How to Make an American Quilt (1995)

1995 How to Make an American Quilt

She’s the young version (in the flashback scenes) of the character played by Anne Bancroft.

1995 How to Make an American Quilt

I’m guessing 1950s? It’s been too long since I’ve seen the film!

 

Cosette in Les Misérables (1998)

1998 Les Miserables

There’s a lot of derpy bonnets (Photo by Rolf Konow/ Sygma via Getty Images)

1998 Les Miserables

This one is probably the worst, although the dress is sweet if butterchurny.

1998 Les Miserables

Nice fichu and 1830s topknot!

1998 Les Miserables

DERPITY DERP DERP (Photo by Rolf Konow/Sygma via Getty Images)

 

Maria in Stage Beauty (2004)

2004 Stage Beauty

She starts as a dresser in the late-17th-century theater.

2004 Stage Beauty

But of course she’d rather act!

2004 Stage Beauty
2004 Stage Beauty

She gets her chance when Charles II allows women on stage.

2004 Stage Beauty

She comes up in the world and gets to wear silk and hang out at court.

2004 Stage Beauty 2004 Stage Beauty 2004 Stage Beauty

 

Young Ann in Evening (2007)

Evening 2007

Yet another flashback/younger character, playing the young version of Vanessa Redgrave’s character.

Evening (2007)

She’s a bridesmaid in the 1950s.

Evening (2007)

And gets to be bohemian!

 

Yvaine in Stardust (2007)

2007 Stardust

The costumes in this are both bustle-influenced…

2007 Stardust2007 Stardust
2007 Stardust

And medieval!

 

Sonja in Me and Orson Welles (2008)

2008 Me and Orson Welles

Set in the 1930s.

2008 Me and Orson Welles

Cute blouse, cute hair!

2008 Me and Orson Welles

oooo I LOVE the plaid coat on Danes!

 

Temple in Temple Grandin (2010)

2010 Temple Grandin

As the amazing real-life woman who has a way with animals…

2010 Temple Grandin

But struggled growing up due to autism.

2010 Temple Grandin

 

Cora in The Essex Serpent (2022)

2022 The Essex Serpent

She’s a London widow who moves to Essex to investigate a mythical serpent.

2022 The Essex Serpent

I have no idea! I guess it’s 1890s?

What’s your favorite of Claire Danes’s many frock flick roles?

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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.

9 Responses

  1. Gail

    She had a knitted sweater w huge 1890s sleeves in ‘Essex’. But oh they changed the ending.

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  2. Saraquill

    Little Women, hands down. (Hollywood, please adapt other Louisa May Alcott works. They exist, I promise.)

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    • Colleen

      I would love to see an adaptation of ‘An Old-Fashioned Girl’. Will I hate it because they changed so much of it? Yes, but I want to see who they cast and if they do their parts justice.

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      • Abby

        Or an anthology series on the lives of the women that Polly takes her rich friend (blanking on the name) to visit in that great chapter in the second half.

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    • Fran in NYC

      ‘Eight Cousins’ and/or ‘Rose in Bloom’. Lots of opportunity for great performances!

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        • Bel

          I didn’t realize there was an adaptation of Essex Serpent! I loved that book. I also really like Claire Danes, although I have the same complaint about her in period dramas that I have about many contemporary actresses–her posture is all wrong! I’m an inveterate sloucher myself, so no judgment here, but it is a little distracting.

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    • M.E. Lawrence

      That bone structure! I like the fact that Beth wasn’t played by some weedy little girl; Claire gave her some depth and a certain mystery. Am torn between Beth, Temple Grandin, and Maria.

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  3. MJ

    My second-favorite Beth, because I do so love Margaret O’Brien in the role, but Claire Danes is amazing in every one of these. I loved her in Stage Beauty and Temple Grandin. Still need to get back to The Essex Serpent, I got distracted.

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