Because there are frock flicks you’re dying to raid the wardrobes of…
Anne Boleyn’s Yellow Dress – Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s not historically accurate in the construction, but I have a deep and abiding love for yellow historical gowns, and this one designed by Margaret Furse is at the top of my list.
Angelica’s Ball Gown – The Leopard (1963)
I have never seen this film, but the costumes are to die for. Which is obvious when you realize that the famous Italian costume shop, Tirelli Costumi, produced the gorgeous gowns for this film, and designed by the master Piero Tosi.
Giulietta Guicciardi’s Blue Gown – Immortal Beloved (1994)
I never get tired of watching this actress in this gown (another Tirelli masterpiece, btw, and designed by Maurizio Millenotti). One of my favorite details about the gown itself is the little vestigial sacque back pleats at the back, showing the last remnants of the grand 18th-century style clinging to the fashion of the upper classes in the early 19th century. This extant gown from the Victoria & Albert Museum also features the same treatment at the back, and one day I will get off my ass and recreate it.
Danielle’s Red Velvet Dress – Ever After (1998)
This film is chock full of fabulous frocks, designed by Frock Flicks favorite, Jenny Beavan, but this dress has been at the top of the list of movie costumes I want to reproduce since I first saw the movie over 20 years ago. One of these days I’ll actually get around to it!
Pretty Much Every Dress Holliday Granger Wears – The Borgias (2011-13)
Just give me anything she wears. It won’t fit me, but fuck it. Who cares? Costumes designed by Gabriella Pescucci, who did a number of other frock flicks of note, and who also worked closely with Umberto Tirelli.
What historical costumes from movies or TV would you wear the shit out of?