History Main / GorgeousPeriodDress

4th May '16 1:35:35 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Beatrice's]] main outfit of a [[http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff130/Tomoyo_Walker/XT2YNF39g5f1Qol76bv4DjPSjZbYCw5y.jpg black and red dress is one of these]].

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* [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Beatrice's]] main outfit of a [[http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff130/Tomoyo_Walker/XT2YNF39g5f1Qol76bv4DjPSjZbYCw5y.jpg black and red dress is one of these]].
6th Mar '16 2:30:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* All film (as well as TV) versions of ''AnnaKarenina'' make use of this trope.

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* All film (as well as TV) versions of ''AnnaKarenina'' ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'' make use of this trope.
15th Feb '16 4:47:47 AM Mullane
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** It seems that he has the habit of dressing like the high nobility of any period, except that he keeps preferring blacks and purples to more fashionable colours. [[FridgeBrilliance In the modern times he looks like a rock star]].

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** It seems that he Dream has the habit of dressing like the high nobility of any period, except that he keeps preferring blacks and purples to more fashionable colours. [[FridgeBrilliance In the modern times he looks like a rock star]].
9th Feb '16 3:31:37 PM Adept
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* The 1935 film ''Becky Sharp'', an adaptation of Thackeray's ''VanityFair'' and the first ever full-colour film, popularised this trope.

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* The 1935 film ''Becky Sharp'', an adaptation of Thackeray's ''VanityFair'' ''Literature/VanityFair'' and the first ever full-colour film, popularised this trope.
22nd Jan '16 6:10:02 PM Eievie
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A film trope starting when colour was new and directors were eager to show off what it could do, and extending to the days when TV was widespread but mostly black and white, so big, colorful spectacles were a way of luring audiences back to the theaters. (However - as noted below in the entry mentioning the 1935 "Becky Sharp" - this trope actually began to be used in films when Technicolor, a reliable - if at the time expensive - method of producing color film - came into use.) The trope consists of setting your story in {{Period Piece}}s, at a time and place in which the costumes were ([[HollywoodHistory or people think they were]]) very beautiful, and using lots of actors and extras in these beautiful costumes.

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A film trope starting when colour was new and directors were eager to show off what it could do, and extending to the days when TV was widespread but mostly black and white, so big, colorful spectacles were a way of luring audiences back to the theaters. (However - -- as noted below in the entry mentioning the 1935 "Becky Sharp" - -- this trope actually began to be used in films when Technicolor, a reliable - -- if at the time expensive - -- method of producing color film - -- came into use.) The trope consists of setting your story in {{Period Piece}}s, at a time and place in which the costumes were ([[HollywoodHistory or people think they were]]) very beautiful, and using lots of actors and extras in these beautiful costumes.



* The anime ''Manga/BlackButler'' definitely has this, considering it takes place in VictorianLondon. Pretty much ALL the wealthy characters have beautiful outfits, but Ciel in particular wears clothing that appears to not only be very fashionable during that time, but is probably made of the best fabrics available in order to show off his aristocratic status. Especially the [[{{Crossdresser}} dress]] Ciel had to wear to Viscount Druitt's ball that came complete with frills, lace, ribbons, bows, gloves, and a very ornate hat that probably had half a garden's worth of pink roses on it. And the [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]] he was shoved into... complete with the infamous DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything scene.

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* The anime ''Manga/BlackButler'' definitely has this, considering it takes place in VictorianLondon. Pretty much ALL the wealthy characters have beautiful outfits, but Ciel in particular wears clothing that appears to not only be very fashionable during that time, but is probably made of the best fabrics available in order to show off his aristocratic status. Especially the [[{{Crossdresser}} dress]] Ciel had to wear to Viscount Druitt's ball that came complete with frills, lace, ribbons, bows, gloves, and a very ornate hat that probably had half a garden's worth of pink roses on it. And the [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]] he was shoved into... into… complete with the infamous DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything scene.



* A rare male example is the CostumePorn sequence in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obelix's Birthday'' where village seamstress Geriatrix's wife makes Obelix model her 'fashion collection'. This is really just an excuse to dress him in elaborately-drawn, historically-accurate costumes and hair/beard styles from rebellious warrior cultures from all through the, er, future history of France - Frankish shaved back and sides and ponytail, Norman bob and tunic, Crusader, Renaissance, musketeer, French revolutionary, Napoleonic Wars, 19th Century British-style fashion, 1940s, and a 1990s hip-hop fashion look. It goes on for two whole pages. Notable as it's the first time we ever see him without his moustache.

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* A rare male example is the CostumePorn sequence in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obelix's Birthday'' where village seamstress Geriatrix's wife makes Obelix model her 'fashion collection'. This is really just an excuse to dress him in elaborately-drawn, historically-accurate costumes and hair/beard styles from rebellious warrior cultures from all through the, er, future history of France - -- Frankish shaved back and sides and ponytail, Norman bob and tunic, Crusader, Renaissance, musketeer, French revolutionary, Napoleonic Wars, 19th Century British-style fashion, 1940s, and a 1990s hip-hop fashion look. It goes on for two whole pages. Notable as it's the first time we ever see him without his moustache.



*** The Romans didn't live in TheDungAges. Almost every character in ''Gladiator'' was underdressed and far too filthy to be realistic - even the slaves should have been spotlessly clean and neatly dressed.

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*** The Romans didn't live in TheDungAges. Almost every character in ''Gladiator'' was underdressed and far too filthy to be realistic - -- even the slaves should have been spotlessly clean and neatly dressed.



* ''Film/MoulinRouge'' tries its very best to make your eyes bleed with colour...especially during the Can Can scene in the beginning of the film.

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* ''Film/MoulinRouge'' tries its very best to make your eyes bleed with colour...colour… especially during the Can Can scene in the beginning of the film.



* In ''Film/LaBelleEtLaBete'', while the story takes place in the early 19th century - complete with empire line gowns and enormous bonnets - the Beast's castle is essentially in a time bubble, meaning Belle gets to wear a lot of beautiful dresses from bygone eras, complete with tightly laced bodices and voluminous skirts.

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* In ''Film/LaBelleEtLaBete'', while the story takes place in the early 19th century - -- complete with empire line gowns and enormous bonnets - -- the Beast's castle is essentially in a time bubble, meaning Belle gets to wear a lot of beautiful dresses from bygone eras, complete with tightly laced bodices and voluminous skirts.



** Barbara's Aztec goddess clothes in "The Aztecs" - gold jewellery, flowing robes and an orange feathered headdress.

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** Barbara's Aztec goddess clothes in "The Aztecs" - -- gold jewellery, flowing robes and an orange feathered headdress.



** "The Massacre" puts MrFanservice Steven in absolutely stunning velvet doublet-and-hose, with even a cape. Peter Purves wished it had become his character's IconicOutfit rather than the rather tacky striped polo neck he'd worn in "The Celestial Toymaker" - unfortunately for him, even the telesnaps of that particular MissingEpisode have been lost and only a few promo pics of him in it remain.
** The Doctor [[ChangedMyJumper swapping his usual early-Victorian clothes for late Victorian clothes]] in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to magnificent effect - an Inverness cape with a brightly-coloured green paisley lining, a dark red velvet blazer with orange polka dots, a black velvet waistcoat with orange flowers, a butterfly collar shirt, black ankle boots with grey spats and grey silk gloves - and no scarf, for the first and only time. A huge amount of thought went into the outfit as it was originally intended to become his permanent outfit, but the regime change that occurred after that season led to the Doctor returning to his usual clothes.
** An unusual example can be seen in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl in the Fireplace"- gorgeous period dresses on gorgeous [[SteamPunk period]] robots.

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** "The Massacre" puts MrFanservice Steven in absolutely stunning velvet doublet-and-hose, with even a cape. Peter Purves wished it had become his character's IconicOutfit rather than the rather tacky striped polo neck he'd worn in "The Celestial Toymaker" - -- unfortunately for him, even the telesnaps of that particular MissingEpisode have been lost and only a few promo pics of him in it remain.
** The Doctor [[ChangedMyJumper swapping his usual early-Victorian clothes for late Victorian clothes]] in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to magnificent effect - -- an Inverness cape with a brightly-coloured green paisley lining, a dark red velvet blazer with orange polka dots, a black velvet waistcoat with orange flowers, a butterfly collar shirt, black ankle boots with grey spats and grey silk gloves - -- and no scarf, for the first and only time. A huge amount of thought went into the outfit as it was originally intended to become his permanent outfit, but the regime change that occurred after that season led to the Doctor returning to his usual clothes.
** An unusual example can be seen in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl in the Fireplace"- Fireplace" -- gorgeous period dresses on gorgeous [[SteamPunk period]] robots.



* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' - in the flashbacks to the Civil War era.

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* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' - -- in the flashbacks to the Civil War era.



** Japanese and Chinese historical dramas are similarly full of nice ''kimono'' or ''hanfu'', in the local equivalent of the BBC Costumer Cycle - TV companies make pretty clothes for historical dramas, but they cost a lot so they have to be reused for more historical dramas, which need ''more'' pretty clothes, which ''also'' cost a lot...

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** Japanese and Chinese historical dramas are similarly full of nice ''kimono'' or ''hanfu'', in the local equivalent of the BBC Costumer Cycle - -- TV companies make pretty clothes for historical dramas, but they cost a lot so they have to be reused for more historical dramas, which need ''more'' pretty clothes, which ''also'' cost a lot...lot…



* So totally averted by Queen Mary and her ladies in waiting in ''{{Series/Reign}}''. What ''are'' those girls wearing anyway, consignment store Prom dresses?

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* So totally Totally averted by Queen Mary and her ladies in waiting in ''{{Series/Reign}}''. What ''are'' those girls wearing anyway, consignment store Prom prom dresses?



* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', there's a local theme bar that provides GorgeousPeriodDress to customers on request. Imagine the possibilities.... (just not the ones Hanners is).

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* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', there's a local theme bar that provides GorgeousPeriodDress to customers on request. Imagine the possibilities.... possibilities… (just not the ones Hanners is).
1st Jan '16 9:29:19 PM DragonQuestZ
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* Ladies' long, over-the-elbow gloves (often called "OperaGloves") of kidskin, silk or satin. Note that the over-the-elbow white gloves that Deborah Kerr is wearing in the photo from "The King and I" on this page are inaccurate for the time period, the 1860's; women wore wrist-length gloves with formal dress at this time. Long gloves for evening wear, which had last been popular during the Regency period, didn't become common again until the late 1870's when they were popularized by, among others, the actress SarahBernhardt. This incorrect use of long gloves appears in some other films made between the 1930's and 1950's, usually in scenes where the actresses are wearing off-the-shoulder or short-sleeved gowns, so it's most likely the filmmakers were following the RuleOfGlamorous in those instance, seeing that long gloves generally look dressier and more formal than short gloves.

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* Ladies' long, over-the-elbow gloves (often called "OperaGloves") wearing HighClassGloves of kidskin, silk or satin. Note that satin, and could be various lengths depending on the over-the-elbow white gloves that Deborah Kerr is wearing in the photo from "The King and I" on this page are inaccurate for the time period, the 1860's; women wore wrist-length gloves with formal dress at this time. Long gloves for evening wear, which had last been popular during the Regency period, didn't become common again until the late 1870's when they were popularized by, among others, the actress SarahBernhardt. This incorrect use of long gloves appears in some other films made between the 1930's and 1950's, usually in scenes where the actresses are wearing off-the-shoulder or short-sleeved gowns, so it's most likely the filmmakers were following the RuleOfGlamorous in those instance, seeing that long gloves generally look dressier and more formal than short gloves.fashion.
16th Nov '15 8:18:29 AM FF32
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** Creator/KennethBranagh's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', however, had everyone dressed in extremely elaborate and colourful 19th century military uniforms or billowy ballgowns. Most of it was a way to keep the audience's attention for the ([[BlackAdder endless, uncut!]]) 4 hour movie, but it also set up a sharp contrast with Hamlet, who spent most of the movie in a black outfit.

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** Creator/KennethBranagh's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', however, had everyone dressed in extremely elaborate and colourful 19th century military uniforms or billowy ballgowns. Most of it was a way to keep the audience's attention for the ([[BlackAdder ([[Series/BlackAdder endless, uncut!]]) 4 hour movie, but it also set up a sharp contrast with Hamlet, who spent most of the movie in a black outfit.
28th Sep '15 10:29:08 PM Adept
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* Most ''{{shoujo}}'' JidaiGeki anime and manga indulge in this for pretty obvious reasons.



** In this case it's gorgeous Napoleonic dress and uniforms.
*** Or in Lelouch's case, extremely ridiculous-looking outfits.
**** Especially the purple Victorian style dress he wore in one of the picture dramas.



* There's lots of these in ''PandoraHearts''.

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* There's lots of these in ''PandoraHearts''.''Manga/PandoraHearts''.



* ''VictorianRomanceEmma''.
* ''KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' features lots of elaborate period dresses whenever the main characters are acting on stage in kabuki plays.

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* ''VictorianRomanceEmma''.
''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma''.
* ''KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' ''Manga/KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' features lots of elaborate period dresses whenever the main characters are acting on stage in kabuki plays.
12th Aug '15 10:03:35 AM sgamer82
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* ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'' is this trope taken UpToEleven and beyond.

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* ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'' ''Manga/ABridesStory'' is this trope taken UpToEleven and beyond.
4th Aug '15 9:27:45 AM StiffShots
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* ''Series/AnotherPeriod'' takes place in upper-crust Providence, RI, circa 1902. So all the high-society ladies are predictably dressed to the nines. Subverted by the central characters (spoiled attention-whore sisters Lillian and Beatrice), who manage to make their elegent gowns look cheap and tacky.
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