Miss Havisham's wedding dress arrives at the Charles Dickens Museum!
We are delighted to announce that the beautiful silk wedding gown worn by Tuppence Middleton when she played Miss Havisham in the acclaimed BBC TV series, Dickensian, is on display near the desk at which Charles Dickens created the character.
Miss Havisham’s wedding dress was created by BAFTA & EMMY award-winning costume designer, Andrea Galer, whose work includes costumes for the films Withnail & I (1987), Mansfield Park (1999) and Persuasion (2007). The costume is made from pure silk taffeta and tuille, embellished with handmade silk bobbin lace.
The luxurious material of Miss Havisham’s dress symbolises her great wealth. In Great Expectations, Havisham is an elderly woman who has been wearing her deteriorating gown for decades, as if frozen in time after being jilted at the altar. The Dickensian series imagined her as a young woman.
First screened at Christmas 2015, Dickensian was a twenty-part drama series that invited viewers into the 19th century London of Dickens. It was shot on a vast set of Victorian streets, populated by a multitude of characters from Dickens’s novels. The programme’s costumes were central its atmosphere and the Havisham dress is perhaps the most powerful of all of those made by Andrea Galer.
The dress will be displayed from Tuesday 17th January until Sunday 5th February in the Drawing Room.