There is no pretty summer dress for orphan Sara, played by Margaret Nelson, who is forbidden from attending the picnic in Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Sara’s costumes are plain and her hairstyles severe. The starched pinafore covers a practical school uniform skirt and blouse. The ensemble conveys no sense of the wearer’s body shape and is without personal touches or decoration.
Judith Dorsman was the chief costume designer for Picnic. She was only 26 years old at the time the film was released and collaborated with Wendy Stiles (director Peter Weir’s wife, working under her maiden name) with assistance from Mandy Smith.
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Notes by Jenny Gall and Stephen Groenewegen