HomeFashion‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Costume Designers Sneaked Into These Trendy Easter Eggs
‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ Costume Designers Sneaked Into These Trendy Easter Eggs
January 1, 2023
by Netflix Lady Chatterley’s Loverlargely concerns people taking their clothes off off. So it’s a little ironic to consider the incredible importance of these clothes in building the character and period-setting of the film.
However, even while undressing (or in this case, in particular when undressing), the costumes in Lady Chatterley’s Lover tell a story of their own. With that in mind, the Netflix film’s costume designer, Emma Fryer, sought to convey the story’s timelessness using modern-day Easter eggs.
‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ is based on the book written by DH Lawrence
Written by DH Lawrence in 1928, Lady Chatterley’s Lover was banned when it was first published. Tackling themes considered highly taboo at the time, Lawrence’s novel not only violated the subject of a woman’s sexual pleasure, but also had that pleasure coming from a class far below her own.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover follows Constance “Connie” Reid (played by Emma Corrin from The crown) as she married Sir Clifford Chatterley. After Clifford returns from the war paralyzed, the couple move to the countryside to reside at his estate, Wragby Hall, where Connie’s life – previously as a busy socialite in London – is consumed by loneliness. She takes care of her husband but nothing else, without dreams or a life of her own.
Connie then meets the estate’s gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors (Jack O’Connell), and the pair embark on a journey that wakes Connie up in every way. Their bond is not only sexual, but also emotional and psychological. Yet their relationship breaks societal rules, and Connie must decide whether she will lose everything material to gain everything spiritually.
Connie’s conflict was common throughout Lawrence’s writing, with the author writing several stories tackling the idea of satisfying and stimulating the whole being (mind, body, and spirit). While Netflix Lady Chatterley’s Lover The film largely stays true to Lawrence’s themes, one notable difference between the stories is the ending.
While the film offers a happy ending to Connie and Oliver, Lady Chatterley’s Lover the book ended much more ambiguously (a shift that sacrifices much of the potency associated with Connie’s huge risk at the time of Lawrence’s writing).
‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover’ costume designers created movie magic by breaking the rules
Set in post-war England, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a period piece set around 1920. At this time, women’s fashion featured the draped styles that had become popular before the war, but also the sense of utilitarianism that women had acquired during this period.
Doing Lady Chatterley’s Lover thefilm, Fryer came to the project wanting to achieve a sense of timelessness through historic, yet modern designs. She did this by using contemporary clothing as fashionable Easter eggs throughout the film.
“It’s almost like looking at a painting,” Fryer says in a Netflix interview (via YouTube). “There is a kind of French art and essay in this film…[and] I felt like I could wear real modern clothes.
Speaking to Women’s Wear Daily, Fryer reveals that some of the dresses seen on Corrin in the film were found while browsing Selfridges and are from brands like Zimmerman, Needle & Thread, Vilshenko and Galanthya. This means anyone wanting to play Lady Chatterley for the day is just a few clicks away from being able to dress up the part.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover movie reviews
Certified “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover earned excellent reviews from critics and viewers. The film has an 87% tomatometer rating, with high-profile critics like Shirley Li saying she was “captivated” by Lady Chatterley’s Lover and her sex scenes that “look like works of art” (L’Atlantique).
Viewers also seem enthralled with the film, with the strongest agreement with The Daily Beast’s Fletcher Peters saying, “Ban it now, before you watch it 40 times.”