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PETER PAN

About The Costumes
Dressing the Peter Pan cast was another massive undertaking with aesthetics, authenticity and practicality all demanding their due. Like the sets, the clothes had to underscore the contrast between the chilly constriction of Edwardian London and the fantastically liberating atmosphere of Neverland. 

Costume designer Janet Patterson's production headquarters was packed with the appropriate turn-of-the-century velvet, silk and satin gowns, elegantly cobbled shoes and cozy children's pajamas. She also maintained a large supply of wetsuits (the pirates had to wear them under their tattered costumes). And there were dozens of bonnets – for Nana. 

There were also hundreds of nightgowns for Wendy. "That's what she wears throughout most of the film,” Patterson pointed out. "Some of them are specifically for flying and there's a beautiful big silky one for dancing.” 

Patterson cast her net wide to gather what she needed for Peter Pan – London and Paris for fabrics and trims, Italy for shoes and hats, embroidery from Pakistan. All the socks were knitted in England. 

The ladies in the cast were particularly thrilled. "Janet Patterson is a design genius,” said Lynn Redgrave. "The costumes are beautiful to wear. Everything is based on history and research. We are wearing the correct corsets, real antique jewelry, beautiful things of the period, which imbue it with a reality. It does a lot of the acting for you.”

Olivia Williams agreed. "Little girls of any age or time period love a pink dress and I am no exception,” admitted the actress. "I have a pink dress to die for in the ballroom scene and that was my happiest moment in the film.” 

That pink dress made Patterson happy, too. "Mrs. Darling is a fantasy figure for a little girl – the prettiest mother in the world,” said the designer, who has been Oscar®- nominated for three different period films. "All of her clothes reflect her warmth.” 

Hook's wardrobe was the most elaborate of all. "Hook's a splashy boy,” Patterson acknowledged. In addition to dressing him as the dandy he is, Patterson wove subtext into his garments. The coat and vest he wears when Wendy visits his cabin, for example, are the same velvet as Mr. Darling's dressing gown.

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