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Appropriate Design In Stevenson's Jane Eyre

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In the novel, Jane Eyre, the title character experiences difficulty with her social class and its impact on her love life. These struggles can be depicted through narration, however the movie adaptations of the novel must resort to other methods. One choice made by the directors, Robert Stevenson, director of the 1944 adaptation, and Cary Fukunaga, director of the 2011 adaptation, is the costume design of specific character. Both Stevenson and Fukunaga utilize the style of costume design between Blanche Ingram and Jane Eyre to display differences in social class in order to The costume design of Blanche Ingram uses extravagant styling in her clothing and hair choices to depict the wealth of the equestrians. The 1944 and 2011 adaptations…show more content…
The extravagance of Jane’s wedding dress in both depictions is a sharp contrast to her aforementioned dull garb. Within Stevenson’s film, her dress is fashioned with a full skirt, lace, and satin fabric. The full skirt on her dress is reminiscent of those styled by Miss Ingram and her fellow equestrians, giving a sense of wealth to Jane as she goes through the wedding ceremony. The use of more stylish fabrics, like lace and satin, add the appearance of value to her dress. Lace is commonly used as a sophisticated fabric that is added to women’s gowns to create a sense of fashion, thus this polish implication is given to Jane. Also, the satin fabric is stark contrast to the dull fabrics she commonly wears, as it shines and reflects the light. This use of satin also creates a sense of wealth to Jane, as it commonly worn by equestrian women. Differently, Fukunaga uses the addition of ribbons, and a long veil to give the impression of wealth. Ribbons are not meant to be useful but rather stylish, so they are women of higher status. In turn, the line of ribbons that run down the front of Jane Eyre’s wedding gown imply status and wealth. The long veil of lace creates the same implication. Aforementioned, lace is commonly worn by wealthy women, so the large quantity fashioned by Jane adds this impression a higher social class. Overall, both films style Jane’s wedding dress to look more expensive than her regular dresses, as she is gaining wealth thorough marriage. And this transition is shown through her costume design in the moment that she will be bound forever to a richer man. However, she does not actually marry this man in the moment and immediately takes off her dress and grabs one of her old gray ones. Her return to this less fashionable costume design, represents that she will not transfer social classes, but still remain
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