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Keira Knightley bedecked in Chanel jewels for Anna Karenina

By Tamsin Crimmens

Carey Mulligan isn’t the only British beauty in a lavishly-costumed literary adaptation you know; fans of drama everywhere are looking forward to Keira Knightley playing the eponymous heroine of Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina.

The jewellery for a convincing Russian aristocrat exiled in Europe two hundred-odd years ago had to impress, so who did the filmmakers turn to, but the house of Chanel? ‘Seeing as vanity is one of [Karenina’s] main personality traits, the symbolic opulence of the pieces nourished that,’ Keira told WWD, who got to live out a bauble fan's fantasy while making the film, draping herself in trinkets including a pearl sautoir and a diamond necklace with a camellia motif.

The costumes have been overseen by Oscar-nominated designer Jacqueline Durran, who is another Brit in Hollywood. She trained at the Royal College of Art, and has since worked with director Joe Wright (who is in charge on Anna Karenina) and actress Keira on Pride and Prejudice and Atonement – remember when Keira had a serious film/fashion moment in that green dress? So the dream team are back together for the tale of love and tragedy in nineteenth century Russia – and all the signs are that it will be heavy on the glamour.

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