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Anna Karenina’s Luxe, Lavish Style

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Opening November 16th, Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is lavishly brought to the screen by director Joe Wright and writer Tom Stoppard. With leading performances by Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Anna Karenina‘s incredible sets and luxurious costume designs help to bring this masterpiece to life

Director Joe Wright struck upon the unique notion that “the action would be taking place within a beautiful decaying theatre, which in itself would be omnipresent, a metaphor for Russian society of the time as it rotted from the inside.” Production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer visited locations, including the condemned Alexandra Palace theatre in London, before deciding to build the entire set from scratch.

Other film locations include the Karenin home, the Oblonsky house, an ice rink, a ball, an opera, a society soirée, and a horse race, as well as snowy landscapes and the train station.

Echoing the film’s elaborate sets are the costumes, which were based on late 19th century imperial Russian designs as well as 1950s European haute couture.

For the Moscow train station scenes, filming was conducted at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. To re-create the look of the ice, fog and snow the special effects department relied on materials including paint, paper and paraffin wax.

The look of the film  reflects and heightens the artifice that defined 1870s Russian society. From the costumes to the conversations to the inspired set designs, Anna Karenina promises to be an absolutely memorable visual feast of a film.


Inspired by the look of the film? Here are our suggestions for capturing a bit of the theatrical magic of Anna Karenina  at your home.

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Source: Photos courtesy Focus Features