Picks and Pans Review: Tight Squeeze

updated 09/29/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

To shape Knightley into the style of an 18th-century aristocrat, costume designer Michael O'Connor created ornate corsets that squeezed her waist down to a mere 21 1/2 inches. "We had to fasten it as best we could and then sew her in," he says. "She was a great sport."

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