Adaptations of Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos in film:

• Les Liaisons dangereuses (1959) - 1950s France

• Dangerous Liaisons (1988) - 18th Century France

• Valmont (1989) - 18th Century France

• Cruel Intentions (1999) - 1990s New York

• Untold Scandal (2003) - 18th Century Korea

• Dangerous Liaisons (2012) - 1930s Shanghai


When I came out into society I was 15. I already knew that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learned how to look cheerful while under the table I stuck a fork into the back of my hand. I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn’t pleasure I was afer, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelists to see what I could get away with, and in the end, I distilled everything to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.


This dress was originally designed for the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons by costume designer James Acheson. It was worn on Mildred Natwick as Madame de Rosamonde. Apparently the fabric for the dress was specially printed for the film, and was modeled after an 18th Century wallpaper. Remainders of the printed fabric went on later to be used for the Queen Mother’s costume for Act 1 of the Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake.

This gown has been used many times since, including the 1991 mini-series Clarissa, where it was worn on Cathryn Harrison as Mrs.Sinclair. It was seen on extras in 1994 in The Madeness of King George, in 1995 in Jefferson in Paris, and then in 1997 in Dance to the Music of Time.

The gown is in remarkable condition considering how old it is and how many times it has been used. For several years the gown was part of the Fashion In Film Exhibit that toured across the country. You can learn more about the exhibit and see more photos at The Costumers Guide.

Costume Credit: Anna, Katie S., Shrewsbury Lasses, James

E-mail Submissions: submissions@recycledmoviecostumes.com

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What can I say, except this is kind of my go to subject when I can’t think of anything else to post.

  1. Guy who looks into the camera in Syncing
  2. Luke and his confusion in Mr Wakefield’s Crusade
  3. Jim and his boxers in Aftersun
  4. The very naughty Father Steve and his bum boxers in Wild Country
  5. Bruce and his angry shirt shaking out in Do Not Disturb
  6. Danny and his waterspout in Local Hero
  7. Michael and his toes in Beannachd Leibh
  8. The somewhat naughty Azolan in Dangerous Liaisons
  9. Dillon and his coming of age in The Love Child
  10. Gordon who I’ll leave to your imagination in Sea of Souls