The Draughtsman's Contract

Costume
1982 (made)
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Film costume worn by Lynda La Plante as Mrs Clement from The Draughtsman's Contract, designed by Sue Blane, 1982.

Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylist and erotic country house murder mystery. Set in 17th century Wiltshire, Anthony Higgins plays an ambitious draughtsman, who is commissioned by the wife (Janet Suzman) of an aristocrat to produce twelve drawings of her husband’s estate, in return for which he will receive payment, board and sexual favours. Sue Blane’s elegant costumes, the twisting plot and Michael Nymans playful musical score made this one of the most celebrated UK films of the 1980s. Film critic Roger Ebert said ‘a tantalising puzzle, wrapped in eroticism and presented with the utmost elegance. I have never seen a film like it, a crossword puzzle for the senses’.

The British Film Institute (BFI) acquired its costume collection for display at the Museum of the Moving Image, which existed on the South Bank in London between 1988 and 1999. The collection is made up of British, European, American and Japanese films and covers the period from the silent film era to the mid-1990s. It contains a wealth of historic and significant film costumes worn by major performers and designed by some of the 20th century’s most important film costume designers. The collection was transferred to the V&A in 2015.


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Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 4 parts.
(Some alternative part names are also shown below)
  • Film Costumes
  • Gown
  • Film Costumes
  • Petticoat
  • Film Costumes
  • Underskirt
  • Film Costumes
  • Fontange
Brief Description
Film costume worn by Lynda La Plante as Mrs Clement from The Draughtsman's Contract, designed by Sue Blane, 1982
Physical Description
Film costume worn by Lynda La Plante as Mrs Clement from The Draughtsman's Contract, designed by Sue Blane, 1982
Dimensions
  • Dress length, laid flat length: 245cm
  • Dress, width, laid flat width: 105cm
  • Petticoat ( laid flat) length: 117.5cm
  • Petticoat width at widest point ( laid flat) width: 75.5cm
  • Underskirt waistline to hem ( laid flat) length: 102cm
  • Underskirt waistline ( laid flat) width: 27.5cm
  • Underskirt width at widest point ( laid flat) width: 135cm
  • Fontange ( laid flat) length: 76cm
  • Fontange head rim width: 15cm
  • Fontange width at widest point ( laid flat) width: 43cm
  • Petticoat ( boxed) weight: 1.90kg
  • Underskirt ( boxed) weight: 6.65kg
  • Fontange ( boxed) weight: 3.40kg
Credit line
Given by the British Film Institute
Summary
Film costume worn by Lynda La Plante as Mrs Clement from The Draughtsman's Contract, designed by Sue Blane, 1982.



Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylist and erotic country house murder mystery. Set in 17th century Wiltshire, Anthony Higgins plays an ambitious draughtsman, who is commissioned by the wife (Janet Suzman) of an aristocrat to produce twelve drawings of her husband’s estate, in return for which he will receive payment, board and sexual favours. Sue Blane’s elegant costumes, the twisting plot and Michael Nymans playful musical score made this one of the most celebrated UK films of the 1980s. Film critic Roger Ebert said ‘a tantalising puzzle, wrapped in eroticism and presented with the utmost elegance. I have never seen a film like it, a crossword puzzle for the senses’.



The British Film Institute (BFI) acquired its costume collection for display at the Museum of the Moving Image, which existed on the South Bank in London between 1988 and 1999. The collection is made up of British, European, American and Japanese films and covers the period from the silent film era to the mid-1990s. It contains a wealth of historic and significant film costumes worn by major performers and designed by some of the 20th century’s most important film costume designers. The collection was transferred to the V&A in 2015.
Collection
Accession Number
S.1689:1 to 4-2015

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record createdMay 29, 2015
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