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I'm not sure if this is the right place for an historic costume goob to interject. The thing about these historic costume movies that that they very often got the costumes wrong. Sometimes all you have to do is look at a few period paintings to realize how wrong the costumes are. The grunge of Braveheart didn't lead to any more authentic costuming than The Court Jester.

Phartman: No shit, Sherlock. The point about Braveheart, along with the rest of the examples, isn't about accuracy of the costumes; it's about how impossibly clean and new they look in time periods that knew very little about sanitation and hygeine. It's actually harder on a movie or show's budget to distress costumes and props than it is to simply use new-looking ones (if not, provide the number of a good pre-worn textile company and I'll gladly retract). And I honestly don't care at all what your opinion is on Braveheart; there still haven't been many examples of the trope since it came out. By the way: "goob?"

Ununnilium: Jeez, Phartman, who peed in your hydrangea bush? But yeah, the accuracy of the costumes isn't the point of the trope, it's the visual splendor.

Phartman: It was Colonel Mustard, that's who.

MeganPhntmGrl: What I want to know is this: where do "distressed" and decaying but not Dung Ages and yet clearly over-the-top period costumes like those worn by vampires and ghosts in some horror movies fit in?
Anima: Is there a place for the anachronistic examples i.e. people who wear cravats/dress like someone pulled right out of Victorian times...in the twenty-first century?

Dragon Quest Z: Anachronism Stew.