This Halloween season, Trystan is indulging her gothy love of black garb in frock flicks fashion by looking at some of the most fabulous black dresses in historical costume movies and TV shows. Black wasn’t just worn for mourning, after all!
I’ve gone through the 16th century, plus the 17th and 18th century, now we get into prime territory for fancy black gowns in historical costume movies and TV shows! Sure, this is mostly mourning because Victorian is alllll about dead stuff, that’s where we get the cliches I love.
Here are some of my favorite 19th-century historical frocks in black. What are yours?
Lady of the Camelias (1981)
Who says you can’t have ruffles and black?
My Cousin Rachel (1952) & (2017)
Sexy sheer black for mourning on Olivia de Havilland in the original My Cousin Rachel — if that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.
OK, so the 2017 remake of My Cousin Rachel (with Rachel Weisz) went more strictly historical, but it’s still super goth.
Veils for days.
As young Victoria in the 2017 TV series, Jenna Coleman steps into her role wearing mourning for her uncle, King William IV.
Judi Dench plays the queen later in life, when she wears permanent mourning, in Victoria & Abdul (2017).
But costume designer Consolata Boyle did her research & showed that Victoria wore elaborate black gowns with trim, pattern, & light accents.
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Scarlett defies mourning conventions to dance with Rhett.
In the soapy sequel, mourning figures once again, here for Melanie Wilkes.
Along with an elegant black dinner gown.
Stunning bustle gowns designed by Piero Tosi.
This outfit on Romola Garai always strikes me as more steampunk than strictly 1870s, & that’s not a bad thing for once.
I’ve barely watched this series, but I freakin’ love these costumes.
How many more times do I need to gush over this?
Eva Green wears stunning gothic Victorian costumes by Gabriella Pescucci in this series.
What’s your favorite black Victorian outfit in historical costume movies and TV shows?