TBT: Angels & Insects (1995)


Let’s take Throwback Thursday to the happy go-lucky Victorian days via 1995. You know, when proper ladies wore hoopskirts and kindly gentlemen had muttonchop facial hair. Everything was simpler and more pleasant then … right?

Not in this little fairy story according to Angels & Insects, based on the A.S. Byatt tale of science and sex. The movie is nearly 20 years old, so I think the spoiler-alert warning is over. Yeah, there are no angels in this movie, and you may want to move the letters around in “insects” to get the gist of what’s going on under the surface.

The costumes are a huge part of the story, reinforcing the insectoid theme with a family hive revolving around first one queen bee then her successor. Vivid colors emulate the new aniline dyes of the period and mimic colors both natural and not. Of course, the most spectacular outfit is the yellow and black bee dress worn by Patsy Kensit.



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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.”

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