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August 22 2004 History of Costume Film Review Emma The movie Emma is a film that takes us to a time of romance grace and femininity It is set in Dorset and London England in the Victorian time period The film is about a girl by the name of Emma Woodhouse who in great duty and privilege devotes herself to playing matchmaker Throughout the film she tries desperately to set up Harriet Smith her friend who is awkward and new to the town After failed attempts at love for Harriet Emma finds herself getting caught up in the game of love When Harriet comes to her admitting that she is in love with John Knightly Emmas lifelong friend It is then that Emma recognizes the feelings she has always had for Mr Knightly Mr Knightly feels the same way about Emma and soon tells her of his feelings when he asks her to marry him She accepts the offer and they marry and live happily ever after Harriet Smith is devastated to find out of the engagement but is soon after engaged to Mr Martin an old friend So the film ends with both girls finding love where they never thought they would in the arms of their lifelong friends Michael OConnor did a great job with the costumes in this film He took the grace and style of this time period and elegantly incorporated it to help develop the understanding of the era in which this movie was filmed The women in this film wore the long dresses with the empire waist called the chemise Many of the dresses in this film had puffy sleeves on them and were accented with lace broaches and bows This was commonly worn with a shawl gloves and a bonnet All the women in the movie wore their hair up with curls around their face The more elaborate the hairstyle usually meant that you were wealthier
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