Peek inside the world of Pemberley with costume designer Tracy Christensen

Tracy Christensen’s costume designs have appeared in the recent Broadway revival of Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close, and in the HBO film Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, starring Audra McDonald, not to mention her work with countless shows Off-Broadway, regionally, and in concert and dance presentations. Christensen also dresses the madcap and quick-changing players of Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice here at Primary Stages. 

Tracy Christensen's costume designs for Pride and Prejudice

A sketch of Elizabeth “Lizzy” Bennet alongside a swatch of windowpane-checked fabric, featuring the characteristic Empire silhouette that was fashionable in women’s clothing during the Regency period (specifically, 1811-1820, but the term was also used to loosely refer to various periods prior to the Victorian Era).

Tracy Christensen's costume designs for Pride and Prejudice

In contrast to Lizzy’s simpler attire, Mr. Darcy is much more buttoned up (literally and figuratively). He’s shown here alongside the olive green fabric of his jacket and a subdued brown for his waistcoat (note the subtle floral details on his lapels!).

Tracy Christensen's costume designs for Pride and Prejudice

Our production of Pride and Prejudice features a cast of eight actors, but the story has nearly double the amount of characters—you can imagine there’s some creative juggling in terms of the doubling (and tripling!) of roles.

Jane’s romantic ensemble here is humorously contrasted by a shrouded and overstuffed Miss de Bourgh.

Tracy Christensen's costume designs for Pride and Prejudice

How bright-eyed Mr. Bingley and acerbic Mary Bennet could possibly be played by the same actor is a surprise you’ll have to experience for yourself, but an immediate difference can be seen in Bingley’s earthy and approachable ensemble, whereas Mary is nearly monochromatic in severe purples.


Performances of the Primary Stages production of Pride and Prejudice run through January 6 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. For tickets and additional information, please visit our website.

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