Top Four Costumes in The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2013)


A few weeks ago, I posted about The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2013) and noted that, for all the flaws with the film, the costumes were really pretty good. Specifically, the costumes worn by Lena Headey, except there was one problem: There were hardly any photos of these costumes online. So, I vowed to screencap every costume she wore in the film, which seemed like a lot of costumes, but turns out to be not quite that many. I also discovered that the reason there were probably hardly any photos of her costumes posted online, despite being Fabulous-with-a-capital-F, is because the film utilizes more close-ups from the shoulders-up than any shots showing any of the characters full-length. That said, I made a promise and I am delivering!


Mrs. Mundi

First, we are going to look at a costume that is not worn by Lena Heady. It’s worn by Keeley Hawes, who plays the mother of the protagonist. She has only one outfit in the film, as she’s barely in it, but it’s really lovely and reminds me a lot of this 1891 gown from the Victoria & Albert Museum costume collection, with its striking combination of a dark background and bright orange fruits:


Monica’s Purple Gown

The first scene that Monica (Lena Headey) is in she wears this deep purple and black gown. It’s something I swear I’ve seen in Trystan’s closet, or at least it should be in there with all the other black and purple gowns she’s amassed over the years.





Monica’s Green Beetle Wing Gown

The next time Monica appears, she’s wearing a delicious green gown with embroidery on the bodice, accented with beetle elytra.

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Monica’s Feather Capelet … Thing

I’m honestly not sure if this is a different costume entirely, or if it’s the beetle elytra dress above but accessorized with a feather capelet and jaunty little top hat. It’s only briefly visible in a tight close-up of her face, inside a shadowy carriage, so it’s unclear what, if anything, is going on with the rest of the outfit.

So, there you have it! It turned to be a much less ambitious project than I was expecting, but don’t ever say I don’t deliver on my promises! Which costume is your favorite?




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.

4 Responses

  1. florenceandtheai

    I always feel like one of us (we?) readers should act as a cutman after these posts, swabbing your brow and offering water. Thank you, always, for all you and Trystan and Kendra do. I like the idea of beetle wing embroidery, but the shapes on that particular dress are kinda odd. I much prefer the ancient Egyptian style that was referenced in the 1920s.

    • M.E. Lawrence

      Definitely the oranges dress from the V&A, striking though the others are. It’s delicious and unexpected.


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