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Sneak a Peek at Keira Knightley's Prettiest 'Anna Karenina' Costumes

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We’re so excited to see Anna Karenina this weekend, not only because we loved the book, but because we can’t wait to see Keira Knightley‘s costumes.

Designed by Oscar nominee Jacqueline Durran, the elaborate gowns and structured uniforms required lots of blood, sweat and tears — but it was all worth it.

“Period films are absolutely a challenge because you never have enough time,” Durran tells PEOPLE. “You’re always racing to try and catch up.” However, working with Knightley and director Joe Wright — both of whom she collaborated with on Pride & Prejudice and Atonement — made the process much easier.

“It’s very hard work, and very last-minute, but with them, it’s a pleasure,” Durran says. “It’s just much easier to work with people you like and know.”

It’s also easier to work with an actress like Knightley, who looks gorgeous in everything. Durran dressed her in gowns that were “1870s silhouette meets 1950s couture” — and are absolutely stunning. To see some of our favorites, click through these photos. And see all of Durran’s work come to life when Anna Karenina hits theaters Friday. Tell us: Are you planning to see Anna Karenina this weekend? 

–Kate Hogan