Emily Blunt, young Victoria in the film “The Young Victoria,” which the Cinema Society screened to VIPs last night, told me the rigors of play ing Her Majesty the Queen.
“Between the gown and the crown, it was so restricting. Especially when I remember how difficult it was for me the first time I wore a bra. And now these costumes! I wish the public had been able to see behind the scenes in the dressing room getting into those tightly corseted Victorian outfits. I learned how to survive when they lace you tight. It takes getting used to. You must inhale so your rib cage expands. This way, after you’re all done up you can have room to breathe. Any other way, and there’s no wiggle room.
“We wore flats under those huge, voluminous gowns, which, in fact, they actually did in the early period. They wore ballet boots. [Read more…]