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I’m not a fan of the “cold shoulder” look in modern fashion, but when the look creeps into historical films and TV shows, it’s like nails on a chalk board. It’s a straight-up modern look that has no earthly reason to be in any flick that’s set pre-mid-20th-century. And yet, cold shoulders abound in movies set in medieval and renaissance eras. Let’s look at some of the more notable offenders:
Queen Margot (1994)
Why is it that the French can make something tacky look so elegant? This was the first period film I recall seeing a cold shoulder gown make an appearance, and in fact, I hadn’t even internalized it was a cold shoulder gown until I was doing research for this post!
Dangerous Beauty (1998)
The film that inspired a thousand renfaire knock-offs, and probably helped to cement the cold shoulder gown as a staple in films set in the renaissance.
Robin Hood (2007-2009)
The Beeb’s “Robin Hood for the Playstation Generation” relies hard on the cold shoulder look to “sexy up” Maid Marion’s look.
The Tudors (2007-2010)
Of course, The Tudors makes use of the cold shoulder, but only for “artistic purposes.”
I think you all should know that I wrote “Cameltoe” here, and I’m not sure it’s an accident. This movie was baaaaad and the costumes were worse.
Da Vinci’s Demons (2013-2014)
This show was a frequent off-the-shoulder-offender. Virtually no female character was exempt.
Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (2016)
Everyone but me liked this flick. I just couldn’t get past the David’s Bridal gowns.
Still Star Crossed (2017)
Trystan wanted to like this TV series, but just couldn’t manage it. I noped out when I saw the still of Rosaline in this cold-shoulder bodice.
Kendra wants me to watch this series for the blog, but 2 minutes into the first episode and I couldn’t handle the testosterone overload.