In a State of Dress


2010 / 21 minutes

Directed by
Madelief de Heer
Country of production
United Kingdom Netherlands
Granada Center for Visual Anthropology Student Film

Filmed in Walcheren, a region in the south-west of the Netherlands, this film tells of the lived experience of wearing regional dress. Once worn by the whole community, today this complex attire is worn by only a small number of elderly women. Their experiences of wearing the dress everyday are contrasted with the sentiments of a young woman dressing up for a folkloric event. Pride, regret and concern for the future are expressed in this bittersweet portrait, bringing to life what has become a largely symbolic icon for the 'traditional' Dutch woman.

Language and subtitles
Dutch with English Subtitles
Western Europe
The Netherlands
Material Culture Elderly people Intergenerational relations