Still More Top Five Dresses I Would Wear The Shit Out Of


Mary Boleyn’s Green Dress in Anne of the Thousand Days

Hands down, one of the most beautiful dresses in this film, and it’s reserved for poor ‘ol cast-off Mary Boleyn. This marvelous vibrant green silk damask gown is only glimpsed in a handful of scenes. Unlike several other costumes from this film, this particular gown seems to have only had this sole on-screen appearance, which is a damn shame.


Lady Danbury’s Red Organza Pelisse in Bridgerton, Ep. 1

I am fascinated by the use of organza in place of more traditional fabrics for outerwear, so of course this ensemble caught my eye immediately. I wish there were better pics of the full length, because my screencap abilities weren’t good enough to get a clear shot of it. It appears to be made from possibly a red/black shot silk organza, worn over a sleeveless red silk undergown. I love the way it seems to float around Adjoa Andoh’s body like a magical red aura.


Comtesse de Noailles’ Yellow Dress in Marie Antoinette

This is one of my all-time favorite gowns in this film, not least of all because it is yellow (I am a sucker for yellow) and being worn by Judy Davis (also a sucker for Judy Davis). But I also love it because it reminds me so much of this extant robe à la française in the Kyoto Costume Institute’s collection:

Robe à la française, c. 1760, Enland.


Beth’s White Dress in The Queen’s Gambit

Another dress I wish I could get decent full-length photos of! I fell in love with the simplicity of this little white dress, particularly with the fun buttoned shoulder straps and the very subtle black piping around the V neckline. I would rock this look!


Pretty Much Anything in L’Innocente

Yeah, it seems like none of us can work up the energy to watch this film, but goddamn the costumes are STUNNING. Which is a no-brainer because they were designed by Italian costumier Piero Tosi.

Ludwig (1973) The Innocent (1976) The Innocent (1976)


Do you have a favorite frock flick gown? Tell us in the comments!


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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.

21 Responses

  1. Boxermom

    I would so wear the dress that Hazel Court wore to marry Satan in The Masque of the Red Death. Freakin’ fabulous!

  2. thedementedfairy

    For me it would be: The amazing black/white striped number from ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’, the insanely gothic red dress in ‘Crimson Peak’, Julie Andrews’ wedding dress in ‘Sound of Music’, Michelle Pfeiffer’s black and white Edwardian number in ‘Cheri’ and anything at all worn by Glenn Close in ‘Dangerous Liaisons’

    • SarahV

      Miranda Richardson has INSANE costumes from Sleepy Hollow.

  3. Natasha Rubin

    I loved that dress from The Queen’s Gambit. Beth’s whole wardrobe on that show was super enviable. And I think Gabriele Binder is a name to watch in costume design.

    • SarahV

      The most enviable, desirable item from Queen’s Gambit is the large checkerboard print, soft pink and white top coat she wears when she is shopping in Paris. I never wanted a piece of clothing from a movie more.

  4. Colleen

    There were several dresses/gowns in The Golden Bowl I’d love to wear, as well as the robe that the woman that Ryan Gosling’s character was sleeping with wore in The Notebook.

    • Colleen

      I just remembered some more. Also, the dresses and suits worn by Bridget Fonda in The Road to Wellville. It’s an awful movie (that I can’t stop watching), but has lovely women’s costumes from the early 1900s.

  5. Saraquill

    No particular outfit is coming to mind, but I’d be happy with stiffened bodices and other non-bra support garments. My bras annoy me more with every passing day, and replacements are expensive.

  6. M.E. Lawrence

    Anything in “Wings of the Dove.” And anything on Gina McKee in “The Forsyte Saga.”

  7. Kathy Gustafson

    Clare’s wedding dress in Outlander. I could have spent the episode’s hour just looking at it.

  8. Cindi Aune

    First thing that popped into my mind was Lady Sybils harem pants outfit in Downtown Abbey. So shocking 😎

  9. SarahV

    I don’t know if this is your wheelhouse, but pretty much anything Polly Walker wears as Atia of the Julii – Ms. Walker is not sylph of a girl, but her clothing was so wonderfully drapey and flattering and lovely that she exploded with beauty (and sex appeal!) each time she was on the screen.

  10. Lily Lotus Rose

    Oooh…so many good responses here! The 13-year old version of me absolutely loved the huge wedding dress Julia Ormond wore in the TV mini-series Young Catherine. I’m pretty sure that was her wedding dress; it’s the one that was about five feet wide! As a woman, I’m still fascinated by it. Practically ANY female costume from the Starz version of Camelot, Rome, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula–especially Mina’s green dress when she meets young Dracula on the streets of London and her red dress when they have dinner together. Also, all of Amy Adams’s costumes in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day were gorgeous too!

  11. kt

    Scarlet’s red dress in GWTW – she looks awesome when she appears in the doorway.

  12. Lynne Connolly

    The Queen’s Gambit dresses, anything out of Dangerous Liaisons, the archery dress in the Gwyneth version of Emma, the Races dress and the ballgown from My Fair Lady…the two epic Ginger Rogers dresses from Top Hat and Follow The Fleet (not historical then, but historical now!), and the red riding outfit in Barbra Streisand’s On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (the one with the top hat, not the one with the hearts down the front).

  13. jose

    i think i’ll have to be the noisy one but it’s not the first time you refer to that first picture from L’innocente (1976) as from that film when actually i’m pretty sure that’s Romy Schneider in Ludwig (1972)

  14. Dee

    Maybe because it’s so hot here right now, but I’d love to wear the cool dresses Naomi Watts wears in The Painted Veil.

  15. Dee

    Also, I want everything Ana, Cristina and Clara wear in the Spanish drama series Velvet.