Quiz: What’s Your Favorite Gothic Historical Movie Costume?


Happy World Goth Day! Since 2009, May 22 has been the one day on the calendar set aside for those of us, like yours truly, to to celebrate our darkly decadent selves and make our presence known to the rest of the world. It’s not just a phase — I’m nearly 50 years old, and I still wear black on the outside because it reflects the blackness on my inside! Whoo-hoo!

And as I’ve noted before, many historical costume movies and TV shows infuse their designs with a certain gothic edge. Sometimes, this is due to the story delving into horror, mystery, and the macabre, but sometimes, it’s coincidental. Either way, World Goth Day seems like a good time to review and compare some favorite gothic fashion treats.


What’s Your Favorite Gothic Historical Movie Costume?


Are there other historical movie costumes that are even more goth?


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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

21 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    And what about the original Dark Shadows? The flashbacks with Josette and Angelique?

    • Trystan L. Bass

      Low-quality screencaps! That was the problem w/my Dark Shadows post, unfortunately. It’d be unfair to have one bad photo next to a bunch of high-quality ones.

  2. Jill

    I’m kind of a fan of the flowy gothic nightgowns Felicity Jones sports in her fantasy sequences in Northanger Abbey.

    • Kate D

      Yes! I love that Northanger Abbey’s fantasy sequences.

  3. Catherine

    Once shit starts to hit the fan in Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel, Strange really looks the deranged Byronic Hero(tm), plus everyone in the kingdom of Lost Hope looks deranged. And don’t forget Enzo Cilenti as Childermass-the ultimate dreamy/dark Yorkshireman.

  4. Donnalee

    Anything that looks actually goth to my mind is okay by me–equal opportunity preferences prevail!

  5. Deb

    No love for Interview with the Vampire or Sweeney Todd?

    • Trystan L. Bass

      I was going to include the stripey bathing suits from Sweeney Todd, but I couldn’t find a good portrait-style photo that fit into the quiz tool! Sometimes, we are constrained by time & space, alas!

  6. Carmen Beaudry

    Almost 60 goth here. I liked The Woman in Black.

  7. mmcquown

    Haven’t seen some of these. Probably Bram Stoker’s Dracula, followed by The Dark Prince, which tells the story of the historical Vlad Tepes. (Which got paid off with Rudolf Martins doing a guest shot on “Buffy”.

    • Trystan L. Bass

      That is such a fabulous gown! Pure fantasy, but super GAF :) Friend of mine did a stunning recreation of it years ago.

      • Rosanna Hoogendoorn

        Yes, I ran into a few reproductions of it while searching for a good still. My respect to all those who even attempted it; its NOT an easy thing to pull off….!

  8. Jamie

    I picked the one from Dracula. The one I love most though is Alma’s from Deadwood–the one where she’s wearing gloves and a necklace to match. I just adore that one.

  9. Jamie

    I also love that you included Crimson Petal–that movie needs more recognition. Romola Garai was fantastic in it.