Sense and Sensibility

In PlayMakers Repertory Company's 2017 production of Sense and Sensibility, Costume designer Olivera Gajic wanted an early 1800s look. In this more modern adaptation, rain on stage was used as an expression of the emotion felt by the sisters throughout. When Elinor discovers Edward is engaged, this strong sense of sadness and betrayal culminates in a rain scene. As the rain happens in her mind, she must return on stage in act two, a continuation of the first act, completely dry. To accommodate this, two identical dresses were created for Elinor - one for the first act, designated as the dress that got wet, and the other reserved for the second act.

For this production I was the draper for:

  • Elinor's base dress made of embroidered gray chiffon with beaded and striped silk sleeves and front panels, all with a blue satin underlay. Two identical fichus accompany each gown and snap into the neckline.

  • Elinor's ball gown of blue silk organza with puff sleeves

I was the tailor for:

  • Sir John's gold coat and striped vest

Elinor's identical dresses
Elinor's identical dresses

Left back view, right front view

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Front close up
Front close up
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Ball overdress side view
Ball overdress side view
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Interior bodice structure
Interior bodice structure

In lieu of corset for a more natural shape, the bodices were flatlined with coutil and boned for support. Horsehair elastic kept the bodice snug under the bust

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Elinor in rain
Elinor in rain

Photo by Ken Huth Pictured: Shanelle Nicole Leonard

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At the ball
At the ball

Photo by Ken Huth Pictured: Shanelle Nicole Leonard Pictured in background: Dan Toot, Emily Bosco, Rishan Dhamija, Sarah Keyes

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Elinor
Elinor

Photo by Ken Huth Pictured: Shanelle Nicole Leonard

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Front close up
Front close up
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Coat back view
Coat back view
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