Iconic Frock Flicks of the 1990s, Part 4


This is an occasional series highlighting historical movie and TV costumes that best represent the decade they were produced in. They may or may not be the most historically accurate, but we think these costumes stand out as icons of when they were made. Comment with your faves, and watch the blog for the next decade we review!

We have entered the home stretch of this decade. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed — so overwhelmed, I realized I forgot a couple of flicks from the previous installments!


Swept From the Sea (1997)

Berkeley Square (1998)

Berkeley Square (1998)


Elizabeth (1998)



Ever After (1998)


The Governess (1998)

Velvet Goldmine (1998)

Velvet Goldmine (1998)


Mansfield Park (1999)

Mansfield Park (1999), Mary Crawford


Man in the Iron Mask (1998)


Shakespeare in Love (1998)


Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Miranda Richardson in Sleepy Hollow (1999)


Wives and Daughters (1999)

Wives & Daughters (1999)


What’s your favorite iconic historical movie costume of the 1990s? Did we miss something in parts one, two, or three of this series?

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About the author

Sarah Lorraine


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 Staples

    TV is Wives and Daughters. Movie is a bit harder. Ever After is one but so is Shakespeare in Love for Dame Judi’s Elizabeth I costumes alone. Then Sleepy Hollow and Elizabeth. And wasn’t Priscilla Queen of the Desert a 1990s flick?

  2. Barb D

    WTFrock is Minnie Driver wearing in “The Governess”?!!!! (That is Minnie Driver, in’t it?)

  3. MrsC (Maryanne)

    Ever After is one of my favourite movies – one I put on to play while I am sewing and not really pay attention to it. SO much of it is just cringing and inaccurate (loving how Leonardo rolled up hte Mona Lisa when it is painted on a piece of wood) but it has a great heart.

  4. Jana

    At the end of Ever After, the stepmother and stepsister fall into a bluey purple dye vat. The period method of extracting indigo is with aged urine. And that is your fun Ever After fact for the day.


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