The 2016 Summer Olympics close this weekend, and while sports and historical costume don’t seem like a good mix, this one-third of the Frock Flicks team has been obsessively watching the games as I always do. Thus, I realized, while also poking around through costume movie and TV show photos, as you do, that a fair number of scenes with women excelling at athletics turned up.
So here’s a Top Five Friday with scenes from historical costume flicks that are (kind of) related to sports in the Summer Games. Sure, why not!
1) Fencing – The Girl King (2015)
Queen Christina of Sweden used her father’s sword, according to this recent biopic. While I have quibbles about her fencing outfit, it works for the film.
2) Cycling – Downton Abbey (2010)
During the war years, Lady Edith took to cycling around the estate. Pity she gave it up in the rest of the series — the activity might have taken her mind off her troubles.
3) Riding – Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
A horror-fairytale set in 18th-century France, this movie features some delicious costumes, especially the red velvet riding habit Marianne wears while hunting through the forests.
4) Swimming – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2013)
In the second season of everyone’s favorite 1920s detective series, Phryne Fisher hits the beach to solve the story of the “Dead Man’s Chest.” And she does so in this smart and colorful bathing costume.
5) Archery – Daniel Deronda (2002)
The title character, Daniel’s, love interest Gwendolyn, is quite a good shot at archery. Plus check out her excellent sporting outfit, complete with all the required accessories.
Are you a fan of the Olympics? What historical sporting costume appeals to you most?