Fashion On Film Part 2: The Fantasy Edition

March 24, 2015 • Fashion Blog, Film

While our first post about Fashion on Film focused on realistic fashion (well, for Hollywood that is), this post covers the more impractical but still inspiring world of historical fashion. So here we go!

Marie Antoinette: Sofia Coppola’s deliciously decadent portrayal of the young queen is undeniably gorgeous. Granted, the story itself has a sad ending (I think we all know how it goes), but the costumes and scenery are to die for.

The Duchess: Another scandalous story of nobility with amazingly lush costumes. An added bonus, Keira Knightley’s character was an ancestor of Princess Di.

Reign: Mary Queen of Scots, Catherine de Medici, and all sorts of intrigue make this costume drama series compelling, but it is the elaborately beaded dresses and complicated hairstyles that we really adore. Of course, the gowns aren’t all that accurate (some of them would be at home on the red carpet today), but we’re willing to suspend disbelief for glamor.

Dowton Abbey: British aristocracy, glamorous Victorian, nineteen-twenties, and soon to be nineteen-thirties era clothes, and plenty of gossip set in a gorgeous country estate. What’s not to like?


The Tudors: No one did graciousness with a darker side quite like the Tudors, and this version of their stories has the wardrobe to prove it.

The Borgias: You have to love the cunningly evil side of the Borgia clan, and the outfits in this TV series are most definitely fit for a vengeful queen – or pope, as the case may be. Plus, the family themselves is fascinating – in fact, The Godfather was based on the Borgias, their enemies, and their allies.

What are your favorite costume dramas?

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