Costumes of ‘Jane Eyre’
How Oscar-winning designer Michael O’Connor brought Charlotte Bronte’s novel to life with a twist on period fashion.
Costume designer Michael O’Connor’s Jane Eyre costumes are a far cry from his elaborate gowns and headdresses for the 18th century aristocratic fashion plate Georgiana (Keira Knightley) in 2008’s The Duchess, for which he won an Oscar. “Jane’s style is very simple, uncomplicated and unfussy,” says O’Connor of his latest heroine, an orphaned child (played by Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska) who, after years of hardship, begins work as a governess, only to fall deeply in love with her much older and mysterious employer, Edward Rochester.
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