Jane Eyre exhibition staged at Derbyshire stately home

Fresh from appearing in the new Jane Eyre film, Haddon Hall is putting on a special exhibition of the film's costumes.
Fresh from appearing in the new Jane Eyre film, Haddon Hall is putting on a special exhibition of the film's costumes.
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THE world of period drama Jane Eyre is being brought to life with a special exhibition at a stately home in Derbyshire.

Haddon Hall, near Bakewell, starred as Thornfield Hall in the recent film adaptation of the classic Charlotte Bronte novel, and is hosting a display of eight costumes from the movie, alongside a selection of film stills featuring the hall as Mr Rochester’s home.

Costumes on show until the end of the month include Jane Eyre’s blue day dress worn by actress Mia Wasikowska, Mr Rochester’s suit worn by Michael Fassbender, and Bertha’s nightdress.

Visitors to the hall’s Long Gallery can also see dresses worn by characters Blanche Ingram and Adele Varens, as well as one of Mr Rochester’s spare waistcoats, Blanche’s riding hat and a bonnet and dress worn by Judi Dench as Mrs Fairfax.

Oscar-winning costume designer Michael O’Connor attended the exhibition dressing, helping to arrange the outfits for display.

Hall administrator Janet Blackburn said: “When he chose the fabrics and designed the costumes he took the architecture of Haddon Hall into account. One dress that Jane wears featured a checked pattern that he took from the Long Gallery windows.”

n Admission is £9.50 for adults and £5.50 for children. Visit www.haddonhall.co.uk or call 01629 812855.