Daily Archives: April 6, 2011

18th Century Costume Archives: Amazing Grace

Romola Garai as Barbara Spooner is Amazing Grace (2006)

A stunning 1780s recreation in the redingote style complete with a Gainsborough hat, aubergine riding coat, kid gloves, and what looks to be an embroidered cotton or linen petticoat.  This ladies’ redingote is a bit usual given the coat is short rather than being full length.  This allows the petticoat to take center stage.  Interestingly, redingotes for women first appear in the latter 1780’s so Spooner is on the mark!

As a side note, Romola Garai’s hair here is absolutely perfect for the period: large sausage curls trailing over her shoulders, smaller curls teased in a bouffant.