History Main / GorgeousPeriodDress

24th Jun '17 9:56:32 AM nombretomado
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Please note that GorgeousPeriodDress is not necessarily limited to eras before the 20th century. Movies and shows set in the ''Belle Epoque'' or [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian era]] (roughly 1900-1914), the RoaringTwenties, the Thirties, the Forties (especially the "New Look" period of the late 1940's and early 1950's when Christian Dior and other designers tossed aside the austerity of the WorldWarTwo years to bring sumptuousness and elegance back to women's couture), and even TheSixties, can and do use this trope.

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Please note that GorgeousPeriodDress is not necessarily limited to eras before the 20th century. Movies and shows set in the ''Belle Epoque'' or [[TheEdwardianEra Edwardian era]] (roughly 1900-1914), the RoaringTwenties, the Thirties, the Forties (especially the "New Look" period of the late 1940's and early 1950's when Christian Dior and other designers tossed aside the austerity of the WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII years to bring sumptuousness and elegance back to women's couture), and even TheSixties, can and do use this trope.
24th Jun '17 7:19:01 AM JackG
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** 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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** An unusual example can be seen in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl in the Fireplace" -- gorgeous period dresses on gorgeous [[SteamPunk period]] robots.robots.
** And although ChangedMyJumper is the usual rule for companions as well as the Doctor, Clara Oswald bustles about in a bustle dress in "Deep Breath" (as does her Victorian London version while posing as a governess in "The Snowmen").
17th Jun '17 9:23:38 PM Yuihime
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* 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).is). Wil [[BornInTheWrongCentury having his own set]] lands him a job there.
21st May '17 10:56:04 AM nombretomado
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* The manga ''Manga/CountCain'' definitely has this, by virtue of both taking place in Main/VictorianBritain and being a work of Creator/KaoriYuki.

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* The manga ''Manga/CountCain'' definitely has this, by virtue of both taking place in Main/VictorianBritain UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain and being a work of Creator/KaoriYuki.
25th Apr '17 1:08:55 PM Golondrina
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* The film version of Creator/VirginiaWoolf's ''Literature/OrlandoABiography'', starring TildaSwinton in very pretty clothes.

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* The film version of Creator/VirginiaWoolf's ''Literature/OrlandoABiography'', starring TildaSwinton Creator/TildaSwinton in very pretty clothes.
7th Mar '17 1:32:32 PM fearlessnikki
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* The 1939 film version of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Baum's Munchkins only ever wore [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience blue]], but you wouldn't know it from watching the movie!
** The ruby slippers were silver in the book. Both changes were evidently made to show off the (at the time, ''extremely'' impressive) Technicolor.



** ''Film/BlackNarcissus'' has a flashback to her upbringing in Ireland, where she dons a PimpedOutDress for an evening with her boyfriend - and she's presented with some emerald earrings and a necklace too.



* ''Film/YoungBess'' features the most elaborate of Tudor era finery, as she plays the Queen consort Catherine Parr.

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* ** ''Film/YoungBess'' features the most elaborate of Tudor era finery, as she plays the Queen consort UsefulNotes/CatherineParr. One of her dresses is a recreation of a gown Catherine Parr.wears in the famous portrait that was mistaken for Lady Jane Grey.
** ''Film/TeaAndSympathy'' is set in 1947 and gives her a scene where she's wearing a splendid green evening gown in preparation for a school dance [[RuleOfGlamorous never ends up attending]].
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' won an Oscar for its costumes, showcasing some splendid 1890s Victorian fashion. As Lucy Westenra is SpoiledSweet, most of her wardrobe is rich and elaborate. There is some HollywoodCostuming involved however, since Lucy's neckline is a little too low. Subverted with Mina's bustle dress, which is a few decades out of style, but used to show that a poor schoolmistress can't afford the latest fashions.


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* Book six in ''Literature/MsWiz'' - ''Time Flies For Ms Wiz'' - features time travel. Ms Wiz and Nabilla first go back in time to Elizabethan England, but wear simple peasant clothes. But when Ms Wiz poofs them into the middle of the Crimean War, she mistakenly gives them the height of fashion amongst 18th century aristocracy. Still gorgeous though.
--> '''Nabilla:''' People weren't wearing powdered wigs and huge silly skirts in 1854. We're at least a hundred years out of date!


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* ''{{Series/Angel}}'' whenever it featured a Darla flashback. Creator/JulieBenz described her as a character that always dressed to the height of whatever fashion was in at the time. When she first sires Angel, she has an elaborate 18th century gown and curled hair. When Spike is sired, she's briefly shown in Victorian fashion. And during the Boxer Rebellion, it's fancy kimonos. Even more impressive since, according to Buffy, vampires normally have terrible fashion sense.
16th Feb '17 3:57:09 PM fearlessnikki
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* Creator/DeborahKerr was heavily typecast in {{Costume Drama}}s so many of her initial roles in Hollywood feature her in this:
** ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' provides the page image, with Anna's stunning pink silk ballgown. However her gloves are quite wrong for the time period - hand waved by RuleOfGlamorous.
** ''Film/ThePrisonerOfZenda'' sees her playing a Princess Flavia, who is seen attending a coronation and several DancesAndBalls - requiring many different a fancy dresses for each. She at least subverts the ErmineCapeEffect by dressing a little more simply when she's alone with Rudolf.
** ''Film/KingSolomonsMines'' has her wearing quite a fancy Victorian gown at the beginning. But since it's not practical for the African jungle, that's all you get.
* ''Film/YoungBess'' features the most elaborate of Tudor era finery, as she plays the Queen consort Catherine Parr.
5th Dec '16 4:08:35 PM lucy24
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* Pretty much every MerchantIvory film ever made.

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* Pretty much every MerchantIvory Creator/MerchantIvory film ever made.
29th Oct '16 1:45:19 PM nombretomado
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* In GuildWars, Gorgeous Period Dress is the visual hallmark of the Mesmer class, as opposed to {{Stripperific}} Elementalists, heavily armored warriors, rangers in sensible leather, and so on and so forth.

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* In GuildWars, ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', Gorgeous Period Dress is the visual hallmark of the Mesmer class, as opposed to {{Stripperific}} Elementalists, heavily armored warriors, rangers in sensible leather, and so on and so forth.
29th Oct '16 10:37:56 AM lavendermintrose
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* Opera, constantly.
** The Met Opera's 2015 production of ''Theatre/TheMerryWidow'' has a ton of this, since it's about fancy balls in Paris.
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