Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Atrocious Hollywood Costuming Issue 1

Ok... What the shizzle is this? Please note that if you are going to set a movie in the eighteenth century, that the corsets flattened the breasts and pushed them up. Also, the hair is totally 60's... WHY?!

I think that historical films made in the 1950's-1970's had horrid costuming... They made the women's costumes to look like sexed up barbie doll clothes... Truly atrocious and they make me want to gouge my eyes out...

Monday, November 17, 2008


With gowns designed by Michael O'Conner, The Duchess is one film with costumes that are hard to forget. Set in the late eighteenth century, this movie displays beautiful chemise gowns, polanaises, marquises, etc. They appear to be historically accurate and are quite lavish, to say the least. It's an eyegasm fest for any historical fashion lover and if you can't keep yourself from drooling over all the silk and high hair, then, please, don't forget to bring a napkin.

The story begins with the young Miss Georgianna, our heroin, whose costume is a simple yet beautiful light blue silk Robe l'Anglaise, representing her youth and innocence. We see that as the film progresses her dresses and their colors begin to change, becoming more complicated and reflecting her maturity.

The gowns do reflect the simplistic and naturalist mood of English Rococo fashion, showing muted tones with playful pops of color or natural, airy material.

Investigate Further:
Costumer's Guide to The Duchess
YouTube "The Duchess- Costumes"
Behind the Scenes Video

Sunday, November 16, 2008


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