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Jessica Chastain reveals period costume relief

Jessica Chastain enjoyed the costumes in The Heiress, but is "glad" she wasn't born into that era.

The Help star appears as Catherine Sloper in the Broadway revival of the 1947 play by Ruth and Augustus Goetz.

Whereas she admired her 19th century onstage outfits, Jessica admits the look would be a little time-consuming for everyday wear.

"I loved the costumes but I'm really glad I didn't live in that time period. We're wearing corsets, mini petticoats and collars that come up to here," she told WWD, motioning to her chin.

"Luckily, I have this amazing dresser so I kind of just come off stage and she does everything. I just stand there [with my arms raised] and in ten seconds she has me in a completely different outfit."

American luxury jewellers Harry Winston hosted a bash to celebrate the actress and her The Heiress castmates on Monday night.

The dinner was held at New York's Ai Fiori restaurant to honour the stars of the show, which opens next month.

Jessica was opulently dressed for the occasion, in a stunning Jason Wu gown, complete with a diamond-encrusted bracelet, which took the Harry Winston team almost a year to complete.

"I love this one so much because I felt like it played off of the flowers of the dress," she said of the impressive piece.

Joining the star for the celebrations were famous guests including style icon Olivia Palermo and actress Christina Ricci.

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