Top 5 Dresses I’d Wear the Shit Out of


Sarah listed five and then five more. So now it’s my turn!



Queen Elizabeth’s Black & White Gown in Anonymous (2011)

Anonymous (2011)

Dumb movie, but I looooooove this fashion.



Any of Abigail’s Black & White Mantuas in The Favourite (2018)

The Favourite (2018)

Several to choose from!

The Favourite (2018)

I don’t care which, any will do, kthx!



Dido’s Hot Pink Gown from Belle (2013)

Belle (2013)

See, I do like colorful gowns sometimes.

Belle (2013)

And I don’t care if the color isn’t exactly historically accurate either, heh.



May’s Purple Bustle Gown in The Age of Innocence (1993)

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Though purple really is my favorite.

1993 The Age of Innocence

The display pix from Tirelli Costumes show it off better.

The Age of Innocence (1993)




Most Anything in Ophelia (2018)

Ophelia (2018)

Medieval by way of Pre-Raphaelite!

Ophelia (2018)

Sign me up, please!

Ophelia (2018)

Known fact that I love a big sleeve.



Do you have frock flick faves you’d wear the shit out of, if given the chance?


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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.”

35 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    Danielle Donato Juliet Gowns from Zeffirrelli’s R&J, any of Sandy Powell’s in Wings of the Dove, Young Victoria, Ingrid Bergmann Anastasia Court Gown, Bob Ringwood Lady Jessica clothes from Dune 1984 movie, Frances Tempest and Linda Mattock Lillie. I could go on and on.

    • SarahV

      Emily Blunt’s dresses in ‘YV’ are lovely, and that’s not easy to do with those weird styles and bananarama hairdos of the time. In fact, even Miranda Richardson looked smashing even if her dresses had a more matronly aesthete with sashes and swishes and cummerbunds everywhere.

  2. Boxermom

    Hazel Court’s red gown in “The Masque of the Red Death”. Freakin’ fabulous. :)

  3. Barbara Shaurette

    Winona Ryder’s green day dress from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the one with the pleated bustle thing:

    Tilda Swinton’s blue Victorian, with the tiered ruffles, the one she wears as Shelmerdine is leaving:

    I’m sure there are a lot more, but those are the first two that immediately spring to mind.

  4. Katie Carroll

    Any costume from “Angels and Insects” worn by the Alabaster daughters

  5. Tracy

    Mina’s whole wardrobe in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but made over in my signature blue, please! Especially the traveling clothes in the end.

  6. Saraquill

    Not sure what I’d wear the shit out of, but I’d like to try an hour or two in a squeaking obi from The Makioka Sisters, to see what the experience is like.

  7. M.E. Lawrence

    Oh, yeah, to all five! Also just about anything in “The Wings of the Dove.”

    • Sarah P Combs

      Absolutely. But especially the brocade “at home” dress and slippers worn by the Countess Olenska, (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the scene by the fire.

      The cold shoulder dress (gold color) worn by Veronica in her first outing as a courtesan. I know that Frock Flicks has dissed this dress and style as non-authentic, but I DON’T CARE, it’s still gorgeous…

      • Sarah P Combs

        Sorry, forgot to mention the name of the “courtesan” film. It is “Dangerous Beauty”.

  8. Alexander

    As a bloke I would certainly choose to wear that costume which Mozart (wolfie) wore when he conducted in the opera house, in the film Amadeus. It is balls out AMAZING, ignoring the slightly bizarre and very pink wig of course. The embroidery and fit is gorgeous. His brown satin number – with blue waistcoat – is absolutely stunning as well. I do love that French court style to bits, so I also have to say anything that Valmont (john malkovich) wore in the film dangerous liaisons would happily be snaffled and worn to pieces!

  9. Jemima

    Anything from The Borgias, and some of Downton’s Lady Edith’s outfits in her snappy bohemian newspaper editor era.

  10. Brandy Loutherback

    My Top 5 Dresses: Miriam’s playsuit in S2, Mina’s Red gown in Dracula, Madame Olenska’s red bustle gown in Age of Innocence, Marion’s Green gown in Allied, THAT green dress in Atonement!

  11. Jessica A

    Does it have to be a historic gown? ‘Cause I’ve always loved Bette Davis’s pocket dress in All About Eve, even though it’s brown and I don’t look good in brown.

    • Kathleen Norvell

      Knowing you, why am I not surprised. You could absolutely pull it off.

  12. Gretchen

    Olivia de Havilland’s iridescent sparkly medieval dresses in Robin Hood (1938), Claudette Colbert’s super-pre-code wardrobe in Cleopatra (1934).

  13. Roxana

    The Ophelia costumes are crazy but gorgeous, long hanging sleeved were a thing in the middle ages though, people used to knot them so the wouldn’t trail on the floor and get underfoot.

  14. Alissa

    Given the way I’m built, I’d have to say anything worn by Miriam Margolyes in Age of Innocence

  15. Rochelle

    Either Gertrude’s red bliaut gown or her black “closet scene” gown from Zeffirelli’s Hamlet (I think the black gown is a favorite of Sarah’s too?). I’ve been hot for those two since 1990.

  16. Giselle

    Queen Elizabeth’s peacock-ruffed gown in “Shakespeare in Love” is perfection, and I would wear it to death. My death, not the gown’s.

    In fact, I want to be dressed in it for my Viking (ViQUEEN!) funeral.

  17. SarahV

    I would love, love to wear anything work by Polly Walker as Attia of the Julii. Polly’s a full-figured gal, but she looks so drape-ily (that is too a word!) elegant and statuesque and she had just the right touch bling here and there.