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Persuasion’s Costume Designer Had Patti Smith and Debbie Harry on Her Mood Board

It can be very tricky to reinvent the wheel with a period film’s costumes—you see one empire waist Regency dress, you’ve seen them all, right? Films also live on a spectrum of historical accuracy, and filmmakers generally commit to where their production lands along it. On one end, we have Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, which won an Oscar for its rich, historically accurate costuming. On the other, we have Bridgerton, with its cloyingly sweet, more-is-more approach that eschews period accuracy in favor of visual lushness. But it’s rare to find something like Persuasion (out on Netflix this Friday, July 15), which offers something we haven’t really seen before: all of the above. The costumes in Persuasion are precisely, painstakingly rooted in Regency dress; have just enough artistic license to make a statement; and offer an approach to period costuming that feels entirely fresh. When you walk away from this movie, you feel as though you’ve watched both a period piece and a modern rom-com—and the costuming plays a huge role in delivering that effect.
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Patti Smith and Debbie Harry Inspired the Romantic Regency Costumes in Persuasion

From the delicate romanticism of Keira Knightley’s linen dresses in Joe Wright’s dreamy Pride and Prejudice to the candy-colored delights of Autumn de Wilde’s Emma, Jane Austen adaptations have long had a track record for delivering memorable fashion moments. So, for costume designer Marianne Agertoft, who was enlisted to create the wardrobe for Netflix’s fresh new take on Persuasion, the pressure was on from the very beginning. Her mission? To reinterpret the classic codes of the Regency period—the Empire line gowns, ruffled sleeves, feather-strewn bonnets—for an adaptation that gleefully rips up the rulebook.

Debbie Harry swaps partying ways for knitting

Debbie Harry has taken up knitting. The Blondie frontwoman, 76, previously battled heroin addiction and was one of the biggest hell-raisers in music, but she has changed her ways over the years and revealed she'll be bringing her knitting needles and yarn with her when she returns to the road.