The Invisible Women

Following its general release across cinemas in the UK on 7 February, the screen adaptation of The Invisible Woman was one of the most talked-about feature films on Dickens in recent years. Directed by ‘Magwitch’ Ralph Fiennes, who also stars as Dickens, The Invisible Woman is a lavish period bio-pic which was praised for its authentic approach to recreating the mid-Victorian world surrounding the author.

Our special exhibition looked at the design of the film, featuring BAFTA and Oscar-nominated costumes by Michael O’Connor (Academy Award Winner for The Duchess) and original set design drawings by Maria Djurkovic, as well as props from the film ranging from Dickens’s Reading desk to letters designed to be burned in a bonfire. Commentary on the creative challenges during the making of the film as and the inspiration drawn from real objects and buildings (including objects from the Museum) gave visitors insight into how sets for Tavistock House, Gad’s Hill Place and Wilkie Collins’ home were devised.

A range of the fabulous costumes where placed in the rooms of 48 Doughty Street to show them against the context of our period rooms.
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