7 Ways Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Is Inspired by Historical Costume Films

Did you see the recent article from InStyle.co.uk, comparing modern couture to the costumes in Wolf Hall? Well, that inspired me compare how current fashion trends are clearly drawing on historical films! Might as well put this over-glorified fashion degree to good use!


1. Chanel – Garden party at Versailles

Chanel is right on trend, because as we all know, the gardening look is going to be hot in 2015! Here Karl Lagerfeld and company have clearly taken note of Kate Winslet’s chic chapeau in A Little Chaos and paired it with a bland khaki waistcoat and crops. Accessories are important, so don’t forget the darling, yet daring, watering can tote!

A Little Chaos (2014)


2. Stella McCartney – Something “fur” everyone

It’s like it’s Isaac Mizrahi’s 1994 Fall collection all over again! But seriously, folks, clearly Stella McCartney has been drawing inspiration from Outlander with all that fur happening! Brrr… It gets cold in 18th-century Scotland, so bundle up!



3. Dolce & Gabbana – Reign over me

Are you the queen? Shut up, of course you are. You’re so much the queen that you don’t even have to follow history, YOU’RE THAT GODDAMN QUEENLY. People can’t even when you’re around. And D+G knows what’s up, because they’ve gone and created this ensemble that screams “I AM THE QUEEN SO SCREW YOUR HISTORICAL EXPECTATIONS”, inspired by the edgy one-fingered salute to history that is Reign.



4. John Paul Gaultier – Bodacious bustiers

The king of corsets, JPG himself, has clearly gotten the memo that chemises are for peasants. For 2015, he’s going retro, inspired by season 1 of The Tudors (ancient history!) to give us this breezy bustier. He’s Gaultier! Your rules do not apply!



5. Chanel, again – Crowning achievement

Chanel answers that age-old quandary, “You’re about to be crowned queen/get married, but you’re seven-months pregnant. What do you wear?” The venerable fashion house looked to Wolf Hall and the coronation of Anne Boleyn to create a dress that cleverly hides the baby bump and your face just in case you don’t want to see anyone judging your fashion choices on your big day.

Wolf Hall


 6. Zahir Murad – It’s a nice day for a white wedding

Designers just can’t seem to stay away from Reign this year! Zahir Murad obviously takes inspiration for this flirty frock from Mary’s lacy wedding gown, and yet he takes a turn for the daring by shortening the hem to graze the slender thighs of today’s modern woman, all the while ditching the tiara for an understated belt and practical nude pumps. Loads of lace make this romantic 16th-century look appealing to the masses, who have no desire to see historically accurate clothing in their modern dramas! Where’s the fun in that? Reign


7. Tia Cibani – Go gold or go home

Tia Cibani is right on spec with this gold lamé frock based on Cinderella’s ball gown from Into the Woods. She’s even gone to the littlest detail and included a pair of gold shoes, just like in the movie! We love it when designers pay such close attention to the details when they do their research!

Into The Woods

What are your favorite (legit or sarcastic) 2015 looks inspired by movies? 


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.