WCW: Minnie Driver

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She’s the girl next door, the goddess, the sexpot, whatever you want her to be, she can do it all. Today we celebrate Minnie Driver’s historical costume flicks!

 

The House of Elliot (1991-1994) – Mary

So young! This was one of Minnie Driver’s earliest screen roles.

 

Mr. Wroe’s Virgins (1993) – Leah

This is one of those shows I spent far longer than I should have trying to track down online. The only clips available are on porn sites, though.

 

Circle of Friends (1995) – Benny

My first exposure to Minnie Driver. It’s a fantastic movie, but it’s definitely one of those “this is supposed to be period?” films where everything looks suspiciously contemporary with the era the film was made in. It’s supposed to be set in the ’50s.

 

Big Night (1996) – Phyllis

The bombshell girlfriend of Stanley Tucci’s character, Minnie looks highly edible, don’t you think?

 

The Governess (1998) – Rosina da Silva

I still have no idea what this film is really about, because every time I’ve watched it I’ve gotten lost in the wacky costuming. At least Minnie is stunning no matter what she’s wearing.

 

An Ideal Husband (1999) – Miss Mabel Chiltern

I. LOVE. THIS. FILM. There are so many reasons why, but honestly, it’s Minnie Driver’s range of “bitch please” expressions that really are the icing on the cake.

 

The Phantom of the Opera (2004) – La Carlotta

There are so many amazing costumes worn by La Carlotta, but this one takes the, er, cake.

 

The Red Tent (2014) – Leah

Haven’t gotten around to watching this, but it looks visually gorgeous. I’m not usually one for biblical stories, but I’ll watch Minnie Driver in just about anything.

 

What’s your favorite historical costume movie featuring the talents of Minnie Driver?

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Sarah Lorraine

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Sarah discovered her dual passion for history and costume right around the age of twelve. Dragged kicking and screaming to her first Renaissance Faire at Black Point, she was convinced she was going to hate it, but to her surprise, she fell head over heels in love with the world of reenactment and dress up immediately. Her undergraduate degree is in Clothing & Textile Design, and she has a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture. When she’s not hauling crap to SCA events and ren faires, Sarah enjoys reading true crime books, writing fiction, and sewing historical clothing from the Middle Ages through the 20th-century. One of these days, she might even start updating her old costuming blog again.

9 Responses

  1. Susan Pola

    An Ideal Husband. Her Mabel Chiltern holds her own against Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore. Mabel is no fool.

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  2. Linda Merrill

    Loved Ideal Husband. Also, saw one of her Phantom Costumes in a costume exhibit on Cape Cod this summer. Really beautiful. The green/pink riding habit style day dress, I guess. Couldn’t find pics online of her wearing it.

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  3. Carolyn

    I had no idea Circle of Friends was supposed to be set in the 50s. I just thought Ireland had a very conservative society…

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  4. indiaedghillI

    The Red Tent not only pretty much guts the book, but the women go trapsing around arid lands and deserts circa 1500 BC in Lovely Drifting Layers that drag on the ground. And they don’t have anything coveing their heads. I kept thinking “Sunstroke, anyone?”

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  5. Katie

    Wasn’t she also the Red Violin? IMDB isn’t being helpful, since I don’t think that the Hot Gypsy Girl had a name.

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  6. mmcquown

    The Governess, because she screwed the guy who was trying to screw her in more ways than one. Based, I gather, on a true story.

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  7. SarahV

    I don’t know if the 70’s -quite- count as historical (yet), but she was fabulous as the slightly burned out yet faaaaaaaaabuloulsy boho music teacher in Hunky Dory. That backless black dress in the finale was amazing and she looked stunning.

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  8. Sheri

    Does anyone know what material was used to make Rosina’s black dress from The Governess? It almost looks like leather but it doesn’t move like it.

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