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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

TUE 18 OCT 2022 – 8:30PM

17 Queensberry Place
London SW7 2DT

Special screening preceded by a Q&A with Costume Designer Jenny Beavan

Costume Designer Jenny Beavan will be joined by Keith Lodwick and Oriole Cullen to tell us about her work creating the costumes for Anthony Fabian’s film Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.


dir: Anthony Fabian
with Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Alba Baptista, Lambert Wilson, Lucas Bravo

Costume Designer: Jenny Beavan

UK/France/Hungary/Canada/US/Belgium | 2022 | 115 min | col | cert. U
In English and French with English subtitles

London, the 50s. Ada Harris is a widowed cleaning lady who litterally falls in love with a Dior couture dress and, after managing to put together the necessary funds, she travels to Paris to pursue her dream of buying one. Based on Paul Gallico’s novel from 1958, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris is a heartwarming, enchanting tale of dreams, beauty and unsuspected possibilities.

Jenny Beavan’s costumes for the film involved deep archival research as well as the complicity of the House of Dior.


With a career spanning over 30 years, Jenny Beavan is one of the most established costume designers with three Academy Awards and four BAFTAs to her credit, among several other awards and nominations. From period perfection in some of the Merchant Ivory productions (Room with a View or The Bostonians among others) to wild post-apocalypse in Mad Max:Fury Road or the unclassifiable Cruella, Jenny has worked with the most wide variety of genres and periods in film.

Her work in television includes The Cranford Chronicles, Mountbatten – The Last Viceroy, as well as Byron and Emma, RTS TV and EMMY Awards for Best Costume Design, respectively .

Jenny’s costume design work includes theatre collaborations with Robert Altman (Resurrection Blues), Jonathan Taylor (Listen to the Music, Deranged Songs) and Howard Davies (The House of Special Purpose, The Talking Cure, Outskirts, Breath of Life and Private Lives, which won her the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Costume Design).

In recognition for her work on film, television and theatre she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2017.


Keith Lodwick is a curator, writer, and historian. He is the former Curator of Theatre and Screen Arts at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. At the V&A, Keith curated Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives and was the V&A assistant curator for the major exhibition Hollywood Costume, one of the most successful exhibitions in the museum’s history. Keith has contributed to a wide range of publications including Oliver Messel: In the Theatre of Design, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and Shoe Reels: The History and Philosophy of Footwear in Film.


Oriole Cullen is a curator. Cullen is Head of Modern Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert museum, London. In 2019, Cullen curated the museum’s Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition. In 2009, Cullen co-curated Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones with Stephen Jones at the Victoria and Albert museum and authored the accompanying publication.

Prior to this, Cullen worked as curator for Dress and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London where she co-curated The London Look: Fashion from Street to Catwalk (2004).

Special thanks to:

John Smedley
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