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Costume Party is a monthly column exploring fashion, personal style, and historical aesthetics in film. The House of Mirth, Terence Davies’s 2000 adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel, is an ultimately tragic film filled with sumptuous visuals. (The film plays twice at the Museum of the Moving Image this weekend as their Davies retrospective concludes.) Gillian Anderson plays Lily Bart, a socialite who finds herself entangled in social and financial pitfalls. The story takes place in...

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