This beautifully constructed Pingat cape gains a rich and elegant appearance from its use of coordinating black beadwork embroidery on alternating flat and pleated panels of contrasting materials. That elegance can particularly be seen in the front where the embroidery on the two flannel panels line up to create a larger cohesive design oriented horizontally, as opposed to the other panels which are vertically oriented.
A rounded shoulderline that enhanced the length of the neck was prized through most of the nineteenth century. From the 1830s to the 1880s, it was accomplished by the lowered splayed stance of corset straps. The open neckline apparent in this wedding dress and the underbodice of this summer gown from the period suggests its romantic effect.
Costumes by Jacqueline Durran
Worn by Keira Knightley
Each costume was created by Oscar winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran, for Keira Knightley's portrayal of Anna Karenina in the 2012 adaptation of the film directed by Joe Wright. The costumes are part of the 22nd annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition currently being showcased at the FIDM Museum.
Back left dress: The bodice of Anna’s classic black ball gown was inspired by 1950s Balenciaga and Dior designs, while the full, taffeta skirt with elongated bustle reflects 19th-century lines.
Front Dress: After Anna’s public divorce from Alexei (Jude Law), she attends an opera wearing a white dress that is the mirror image of the asymmetrical black gown she wore to an earlier ball.