With the excuse of recreating the Netherfield ball at the beginning of the novel, Amanda Vickery (expert in the English Georgian period), assisted by John Mullan and the BBC crew decide to put the event LIKE it would have been in the time of Jane Austen.
Why a dance? The dances were very important at that time. Indeed, in a society in which young people were especially very controlled, dancing was the time in which they could "break" a little more, demonstrate their physical abilities, show your best costume and manners, talk about frivolous issues, play even sexual compatibility, detect movement and adjustment among couples (Darcy and Lizzy were very good match, according to Sir William Lucas). Although not mentioned in the documentary, I would add that there are numerous social psychological studies that show that when a person is physically active (eg after doing exercise, running, etc..), they often are more sexually attractive to another person (there was an experiment with a girl who was standing on a bridge, men were asked to simply walk around, she asked something and there were also others who had been asked to undertake a major exercise before asking. The study revealed, and confirmed in subsequent aftershocks, that those who were more physically found more attractive to the woman who asked the information). This would confirm the hypothesis with which it works throughout the documentary.But, let's see the details. We will hold a dance. What you need to consider?
WARDROBE: the production team was responsible for selecting the same materials, sewing dresses and suits in the same way, both from the most intimate to the most visible. Women wore their attention to the neckline and men, by shortening the front of their jackets, to the bottom of your abdomen ... It takes into account the social classes: for example, Mr. Hurst, the brother of Bingley, was a very fashionable man, Mr. Darcy was probably more austere, Sir William Lucas, more provincial. The same with women. Do not forget that Lizzy begins to prepare the day before to the Netherfield ball, expecting to meet Mr. Wickham, who hoped to leave KO ....An important detail is that the shoes were changed to reach the houses. They wore their dancing shoes in appropriate bags and took off that they had used to move between the rain, snow or mud ...
HAIR AND MAKEUP: it has had the collaboration of an expert on makeup regency. They used natural products, you could do them in your own home kitchen. Even the men were given a little rouge ... although fashion wigs and white powder was for more older people ...
PROTOCOL: The ways and manners were important. They revealed a lot of character and education. For example, to laugh openly, was a sign of sexual availability ... or vulgarity.
MUSIC: based on original scores by Jane Austen, sharp as if printed ... even the original little drawing. By the way, those of higher social rank were those who had the privilege to be closer to the orchestra. The musicians played on original instruments of those years.
GIG: also analyzes the different types of carriages in which guests arrive.
FOOD: very important, all the dishes are prepared in the same way that was reflected in the recipe book of Martha Lloyd, Jane's best friend, and lived with them for many years. And the dishes are also prepared to Jane, in his letters mentions as his favorite .... Among them the flesh ... and ice cream ... Original stoves are used Chawton.
DINNERWARE: a team of waiters have to forget everything you know ... and adapt to 1813. Used cutlery, silver and ceramics from the same era. All original.
LIGHTING: It removes all types of electricity. About 400 candles serve to illuminate a memorable party.
PLACE: The Dance is held in a house known for Jane: Chawton (Great House) where his brother Edward.
INVITATIONS: We will see how the invitations were printed and people of the level of Bingley or Darcy.
JANE AUSTEN: Jane Austen appears as one writing his works, tall, slim, very similar to the picture of Paula Byrne has not yet officially confirmed it her ... but has a good chance of being, as happened with the portrait Rice.Finally, a REAL DELIGHT, propiba the BBC. Although in English, do not worry: we're going to understand perfectly well ...