Jane Petrie (‘The Essex Serpent’ costume designer) reveals how she balances period ‘realism’ and ‘modernity’ in Claire Danes’ styles [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jane Petrie (‘The Essex Serpent’ costume designer) reveals how she balances period ‘realism’ and ‘modernity’ in Claire Danes’ styles [Exclusive Video Interview]
“We have a lot of stories that are set late Victorian or World War II,” remarks costume designer Jane Petrie about the most common period pieces made in England. While “The Essex Serpent” on Apple TV+ is indubitably another nineteenth-century tale, she admits she wanted to “push” the conventional design of the Victorian era with her work on the show. The six episodes move back and forth between London and Essex, and the designer shares, “We really wanted modernity in London,” whereas Essex was “unrecognizable as a village in England at that time.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

The Essex Serpent” centers on widowed naturalist Cora Seaborne (Claire Danes), who leaves London for Essex in order to look into the news of a mythical sea creature that has been terrorizing a small fishing community. Cora is able to pursue her inquiry only because of the death of her controlling husband,
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