That was an issue that we spent a lot of time on. In the 1860s, people always had their coats buttoned. And they wore vests. And no matter how hot it was, they had all these layers, which was torturous. People would just be sweating up a storm.
I told the actors, look, you have to remember that these people in the 1860s, they were wearing outfits that you’re going to find uncomfortable and stiff. That’s all they knew—they wore these outfits the way we wear our modern clothes. So you have to make it work for you. You have to get in these outfits, and keep them on as much as you can, so that you get more and more comfortable in them. It was important for the actors to feel these were not costumes but just clothes.
Louise Frogley, our costume designer, did an amazing job researching exactly how those costumes looked, and how they were worn. This was an independent film, and how she pulled those outfits together so quickly and beautifully was impressive. She and her team are probably still recovering.