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Jenny Beavan

Jenny Beavan


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Birth Place: England, GB Profession: Costume-Wardrobe ...


"I never do drawings, I dress people up and they enjoy that. Experience has taught me that what looks good on the hanger doesn't always look good on the body. And vice versa." --Jenny Beavan, quoted in "Swing Kids" presskit, 1993

Jenny Beavan on attending a screening of "Anna and the King": "Such previews are absolutely terrifying. All you're thinking is, 'That seam's not straight'; oh, no, we left a pin in; I wish I'd changed that color; I wish I'd dyed that fabric down." --quoted in Victoria's online arts roundtable, 1999

Beavan on costuming "Anna and the King": "For a costume designer, you don't get much better than 1860 Siam. Especially when there's enough money to outfit twenty-seven hundred extras." --quoted in Victoria's online arts roundtable feature, 1999

"Today people are measuring other films to what we [Merchant Ivory] have done, and that is a great credit to Jenny." -- Ismail Merchant on Beavan, the woman who put the "costume" in many of their costume dramas, quoted in People, March 6, 2000.

Beavan on costuming "Gosford Park", quoted in the film's press kit (2001): "We talked in detail about every element of the costumes, down to what underwear the maids would be wearing. Robert Altman loves this detail: he wanted everything to be incredibly real without looking stagey or phony. To that end, I did a great deal of research and looked at original clothes from the 1930s that we then remade. Whilst there was a lot of inspiration for the upstairs characters, there was less available for the servants. They were not greatly photographed at the time, but we did have some wonderfully written records, by Nancy Astor's maid Rosina Harrison and by Lady Troubridge."

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