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[[caption-width-right:330:Think just looking at [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3357/3575899047_3e54a9f828_o.jpg this dress]] is impressive? [[DescriptionPorn Try describing it]].[[labelnote:well...]] "[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]] wore a new [[HappyHolidaysDress holiday dress]] that was based on the [[PrincessesPreferPink pink dress]] she wore in the movie, but had a [[RequisiteRoyalRegalia pink satin cape]] that was [[PrettyInMink edged with white fox fur]]. The fur was [[GemEncrusted studded with silver filigree alternating with brilliant-cut aquamarines]]. The cape was held closed with a pink scallop shell with additional embedded aquamarines. The jewel motif repeated in a cascade down the center front of her bodice with [[EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry even more jewels]] sprinkled over her seashell [[PinkMeansFeminine pink overdress and dusty rose pink underdress]]. Her puffed sleeves, also dusty rose, each had three slashes that revealed soft pink fabric underneath, with small seashells nestled like buttons at the top of the slits and jewels resting on the bottom. There were three rosettes cascading down the lower sleeve that ended at the wrist with a flourish of pearl, and her creamy throat was shown off with a high collar of lavender satin, with dusty rose scrollwork echoing the waves of the ocean. Her [[CoolCrown tiara was]]..."[[/labelnote]] ]]

-> ''I wanted to do a valentine to Hollywood ... This was done through sets, costumes, hair and makeup. Everything was exaggerated. Shoulder pads were an inch bigger inside, and the ties were made even wider. [[FashionDesigner Giorgio Armani]] said that he studied the costumes and decided to make clothes, "like Film/NewYorkNewYork".''
-->-- '''Quotes/MartinScorsese''', ''Martin Scorsese: A Journey'', Page 102-103, explaining the appeal of the trope and its influence on fashion.

This trope is about extremely detailed clothing, either seeing it or describing it. Seems to be more as a form of AuthorAppeal or {{Fanservice}} than for any important details to the plot. Seems to be most common in stuff aimed at girls and women.

This trope is usually written, but if the clothing is elaborate enough, it can be shown visually. This was especially true when royalty invokes the ErmineCapeEffect, or in period drama films from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood. With both, the point was in the fanciest, flashiest clothing possible.

Shows up a ''lot'' in MarySue stories, where it tends to be a pretty blatant display of AuthorAppeal. Most have at least one scene describing the character's outfit as if the clothes were part of the supporting cast.

A SuperTrope to:
* BattleBallgown
* BlingOfWar (regardless of the gender of the wearer)
* FairytaleWeddingDress
* TheFashionista
* FashionShopFashionShow
* FrillyUpgrade
* HappyHolidaysDress
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery
* NiceHat
* NiceShoes
* PimpedOutCape
* PimpedOutDress
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia
* SexySantaDress
* SexyWhateverOutfit
* StylishProtectionGear
* VirtualPaperDoll

{{Sister Trope}}s include:
* ConspicuousConsumption
* CostumeDrama
* ErmineCapeEffect
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry
* FashionDesigner
* FashionMagazine
* FashionModel
* FashionShow
* FluffyFashionFeathers
* GardenGarment
* GemEncrusted
* GorgeousGarmentGeneration
* GorgeousPeriodDress
* HollywoodCostuming
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes
* PrettyInMink
* UnlimitedWardrobe

Compare: DescriptionPorn, SceneryPorn, TechnologyPorn, ModelingPoses.

Contrast: ModestRoyalty; ImpossiblyTackyClothes (making it clear the detailed outfit is bad).

Compare / Contrast SimpleYetOpulent.

Not to be confused with porn costumes, which tend to be [[VaporWear a single layer]] to provide an excuse for the actors to strip, or with SexyWhateverOutfit--though there is much overlap there.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Manga/CardcaptorSakura. Sakura has a different, detailed, cute costume for every episode, courtesy of her best friend [[AuthorAppeal Tomoyo]]. It's a rare instance of it being justified InUniverse: when your best friend is a highly talented costume designer ''and'' videographer ''and'' has heavy SingleTargetSexuality towards you ''and'' feels the camera loves you as much as she does ''and'' believes that you have to look your best when capturing magical cards that are wreaking havoc, you can expect to be the guinea pig for her new creations OnceAnEpisode.
* ''Manga/TrinityBlood'' combines this with SceneryPorn: all characters dress breathtakingly cool and the locations look like a tourist ad for wherever in Europe they happen to be.
* ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'' is slightly guilty, especially, with Allen's costume.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Lelouch's elaborate and nigh-ridiculous [[spoiler:emperor outfit]]. NiceHat too.
** Everyone else is not far behind either, especially C.C. getting a complete makeover, new hairstyle and a new ridiculous costume out of nowhere for one episode in Season 2.
** Not to mention the art books.
*** Well the character designs ''were made'' by Creator/{{CLAMP}}.
* ''Anime/RoninWarriors'' '''loves''' showing off how complex and intricate the various armors are. A lot of the StockFootage revels in showing off the heroes suits from every conceivable angle.
* Due to the pretty blatant AuthorAppeal, Ai Yazawa sometimes devotes endless panels and splash pages to showcasing the costumes her fashion designer characters create from every possible angle. Yukari modeling the PimpedOutDress from ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'' is probably the worst offender, but it happens many other times both in that series and ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari''.
* [[Manga/XxxHOLiC Yuuko]] [[Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle Ichihara's]] [[UnlimitedWardrobe wardrobe]] is a veritable catalog of of ludicrously orgasmatastic clothing designs.
** Special points to ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' because the ''only times'' Yuuko ever wears the same outfit twice is once in a dream sequence and once in real life, and it is in-universe memorable enough that Watanuki comments on it... and even gets worried because of it. [[spoiler: His fear is justified.]]
** Since [[spoiler:Yuuko's death, Watanuki has taken over not only her role as shopkeeper, but also as CLAMP's mannequin for unique and frequent CostumePorn.]]
** Similarly, anything Tomoyo makes for Sakura in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. Really though, just Creator/{{CLAMP}} in general.
** The splash pages of many Creator/{{CLAMP}} manga are used primarily as an excuse to dress the characters up in elaborate and exquisitely detailed costumes. Pick up any of their artbooks and see.
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'' takes this trope to eye-bleeding extremes.
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'' ''revels'' in this. (See the pictures on PimpedOutDress.AnimeAndManga and RequisiteRoyalRegalia pages for just an idea.)
** Likewise, ''Manga/OniisamaE'' had the main characters [[http://robotsintutus.tumblr.com/post/16299689171/of-course-one-of-the-big-things-about-shojo-manga changing clothes very regularly]]. (The only exceptions would be [[BifauxnenAndLadette Rei and Kaoru]]).
* ''Manhwa/TheBrideOfTheWaterGod'' has a vast array of beautiful Korean costumes.
* ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'', both [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/725354a784ee2b890d76de99e56f749d1239297264_full.jpg D]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/062403_petshop02.gif the]][[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kirin-1.jpg pets]].
* Most MagicalGirl anime tend to have at least a little of this, but ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' takes it above and beyond normal usage. Every one of the seven [[HeroSecretService Leafé]] [[TransformationTrinket Knights]] transform with the MagicalGirl and give her a new costume based on their ElementalPowers. [[spoiler:And then to top it off she has a final ultimate form, the "White Prétear", who wears a regal PimpedOutDress]]. In fact, considering the TransformationSequence with the knights is packed full of DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything, you might consider it ''literal'' CostumePorn. The tagline when Creator/ADVFilms brought the show over to America was "Wearable {{Bishonen}}!"
* Most of the outfits in ''Manga/BlackButler''. Special mention goes to the gown Ciel wore at a ball when cross-dressing.
** Ditto ''Manga/PandoraHearts''.
* Taken UpToEleven in the manga ''Manga/AKissToThePrince''.
* ''Anime/GlassFleet'' could be considered hardcore costume porn, with some of the most off the wall outfits of any show.
* Mihara Mitsukazu's mangas (''Dokuhime, The Embalmer'') are filled with this, which is unsurprising since she's published in a Gothic Lolita magazine.
* The works of Creator/MiyabiFujieda tend to run into this fairly frequently. But it's so worth it.
* The Storas of ''Amuri in Star Ocean'' are essentially personalized space-suits that look like very elaborate (and rather revealing) MagicalGirl costumes. They also enhance and control the powers of their wearers, generate blunt projectiles seemingly out of thin air, as well as undress their users and neatly store their clothes away before covering them up again.
* In ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', the costumes that the titular host club wear for special {{Cosplay}} events are as stylish and drool-worthy as can be expected of a rich kids' club.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' features this. Nearly every character has a fancy elaborate outfit.
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'' also features this.
* ''Manga/AKB49RenaiKinshiJourei'' features intricate costumes for idol group members performing on stage, and a single performance will involve multiple costume changes as well.
* ''Manga/GirlFriends'' is an interesting example - it focuses very heavily on all the different kinds of make-up and clothing the main characters play around with in luxurious detail...but since the girls are just normal middle-class Japanese high schoolers, the clothes involved are the sort that you'd expect girls in real life to be wearing, being pretty mainstream and relatively affordable. [[http://listlessink.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/the-girl-friends-of-shoujo-anna-sui-and-cecil-mcbee/ This article explains in a little more detail.]]
* The Amawakuni clothing in ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' are all beautifully designed and detailed in the Oriental fashion.
** This isn't new for someone like Creator/YuuWatase, as she often drew Miaka Yuuki from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' wearing ''really'' pretty Chinese-styled robes. Yui Hongou's BellyDancer-like outfits were very easy in the eyes as well.
* In-universe case in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' the "Kimono Goddess" filler case happens in an inn that possesses [[KimonoFanservice LOTS of beautiful and very pricey female kimonos]] (which make Ran [[CutenessProximity squeal in amazement]]) and is near the shrine of the aforementioned Goddess. This becomes a plot-point when [[spoiler: the {{Asshole victim}}}s, two {{Rich bitch}}es named Asuka and Ema, appear dead in carefully-arranged crime scenes that involve such kimonos: this is because they caused the death of Sakurako, a girl who was a big devotée of the Kimono Goddess, and her long-lost sister Chieri/Eri was also aware of the myth so she used it as criminal theme to signify her revenge against the two assholes who got her sister killed.]]
** Even more so, there's a backstory to the myth of the Goddess, and it also brings up the trope. According to it, [[spoiler: a NaiveEverygirl named Koharu received a trunk of beautiful kimonos [[BecauseyouWereNiceToMe as thanks from a daimyo whose life she saved.]] The [[AlphaBitch jealous daughters of the village leader]] accused her of theft to get them, and [[KillTheCutie poor Koharu]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished was executed.]] That same night, [[TheDogBitesBack the two girls were found dead]] — also in carefully-arranged scenes involving these kimonos, which were supposedly caused by Koharu's soul which had become a vengeful spirit. To appease her, she was from then on referred to and venerated as the Kimono Goddess, a Shinto minor deity who is generally seen as the protector of the area... but is believed to be willing to ''sponsor someone's revenge'' if they ask her to.]]
** Again invoked in another case, where we take a peek at the wardrobe belonging to an ElegantGothicLolita fangirl. It's a blink-and-you-may-miss-it moment in the manga version, but the anime gives us quite the tour of the girl's ''beautiful'' jewelry and clothes. [[spoiler: Too bad that she's actually the ''victim of the week''. And then her frilly black dress is [[ChekhovsGun vital to resolve the case]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Adekan}}'': Anri's, Shiro's, and numerous female characters outfits are a thing of beauty. Anri, Shiro, and Kojiro frequently get put on covers in [[HoYay suggestive positions around each other]] while wearing incredibly elaborate outfits.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Artist Colleen Doran takes this UpToEleven in ''ComicBook/ADistantSoil''. TheAgeless HumanAlien rulers of the CrystalSpiresAndTogas Ovanan race wear outfits that are literally unbelievable. If only because they probably have to exert some [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]] effort just to keep all the crystals and gemstones from breaking their necks!
* ''ComicBook/KatyKeene'' actually encouraged this, with [[OfficialFanSubmittedContent fan submissions that the artists would adapt into the actual comics]].
* ''ComicBook/MillieTheModel'' also did fan submissions adapted into the comics.
* Ditto ''ComicBook/PatsyWalker'' and its associated titles. In both cases, the fan who sent in the costume design would receive a credit.
* * ''ComicBook/{{Thunderstrike}}'': When Marcy opens her health salon, she decides to dress to the nines, including a shimmering evening dress, diamond necklace, and white fur jacket. Though all are cut in ways to show off her figure (hinting that a lady joining the salon could look as good as her).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[https://www.wattpad.com/story/146893994-spongebob%27s-first-time Spongebob's First Time]] may just be called "Costume Porn: {{The Movie}}". Every single thing Sandy wears is described in such extraneous detail that it just gets funny after a while.
-->Sandy was wearing an ivory-onyx tearaway striped crop top with a ruby ribbon around her neck. She also wore an onyx beret [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment studded with studs]], and short lingerie exhibiting a tad of her pussy. Her stockings were made of the most exotic french samite, with gorgeous french jewels cascading down the sides. She wore such divin, élégant chaussures with lots of bijoux on them. She wore a leather cape en cuir with sultry strass roses and hermine sexy that l'a bordée'd it. She also wore a sexy bra with holes so you could see her mamelons marrons and aréoles brun clair. She also wore jeweled gants esclavage ivoire with fingerless tips.
* Half the text of ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', the infamous Literature/HarryPotter FanFic, is the MarySue in question describing her "goffic" clothing and that of her friends (never mind that Hogwarts requires [[RobeAndWizardHat wizard robes as uniform]] in the source material). All descriptions are nearly identical.
** The best the description of the "Black Leather Pajamas".
** Pfff, "black leather bar."
* The [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] fanfiction "Fanfic/MyInnerLife" has loads of this when describing the lovely new dress and hairstyle [[MarySue Jenna]] currently has. Bonus points for the fact that some of the things she wears would look just horrid if drawn or worn in real life.
-->I went to the wardrobe closet and selected a low cut pink dress with long [[RougeAnglesOfSatin selves]] and the Triforce symbol over my right breast.A pink feathery lace ran underneath my breasts. And a crisscross pattern held the back together. I pulled my hair into a bun and went downstairs.
* ''FanFic/BecomingFemale'' does this:
-->I was wearing a cream-colored blouse with bright purple polka dots, a fleece jacket with pink and red horizontal stripes and an olive green mini. I was wearing lavender flip-flops with lime green tube socks over my mustard yellow tights. [[CaptainObvious I also had on a bra and panties, but they were under the rest of my clothes so you couldn't see them]]. I had dyed my hair blue and put it in buns like Princess Leia from ''Franchise/StarWars''. [[InformedAttractiveness All the boys stared lustfully at me while most of the girls looked incredibly jealous]].
* The Yu-Gi-Oh fanfic, FanFic/DecksFallEveryoneDies, tries to hide the clothing descriptions by breaking them up, but they're still detailed descriptions:
--> "Joey lounged on a couch that had been spray-painted gold, wearing a blue leopard print tunic with a pink bobbed wig. With all the reflective objects and Joey's second skin of body glitter, the downstage area seemed to be bathed in light....All the audience would be able to see was the glow-in-the dark face and body paint worn by Joey....Glittering sparks shot out of holographic badges behind the two birthday hats on Joey's pectorals."
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection has a handful of extended clothing descriptions, but most notably:
--> The main portion of [[spoiler: Hinata]]'s gown was a shimmering, medium-weight, pure white silk mikado. The edges of the fabric were all stitched with a golden filigree of small, overlapping triangles. The bride's dress was strapless like those of her attendants. But the pale beauty's bodice was so perfectly fitted it almost appeared to be paint instead of fabric. [[{{Fanservice}}It clung tightly to every curve of her exquisite breasts, dipping slightly between her cleavage]]. The gown wrapped around her toned stomach, revealing the slight indent of her navel. The upper portion of the dress also had short sleeves connected under her arms, covering from the middle of her biceps to just above [[spoiler: Hinata]]'s elbows. Unlike her friends, the young woman wore no gloves, and her engagement ring shone brightly on her finger. The ivory material split just below the waist, creating a wide slit in front while the rest of the dress flared out dramatically, flowing around her in vertical pleats. A cape-like extension off the back of the bodice and sleeves added an additional layer to the back of the gown. The silk ended a full six-inches above the floor. Underneath there was an underskirt of pale lavender, but unlike the white silk this part of the dress had a matte finish. The second layer went all the way to the floor, and as was also visible through the gap in the front. The bride wore a simple [[CoolCrown silver circlet]] on her head, with a veil of lace hanging out of the headpiece down to just below her chin.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fandom, redesigning the characters' simple outfits, either for cosplay purposes or fashion purposes, is absurdly common. Rumminov's [[http://rumminov.tumblr.com/tagged/dreamers Fancy Dreamers]] and [[http://rumminov.tumblr.com/tagged/fancy+tier Fancy Tier]] designs are extremely popular, as well as Mookie's [[http://mookie000.tumblr.com/tagged/punK%20tier/ various J-fashion designs]], but there are many more popular ones as well. Some of these popular designs, such as Meenah's various custom God Tier outfits, Porrim's "party dress" (based on Asian fashion) and Equius's fetishistic maid costume (which the artist apparently never sent to Hussie, but which he put in anyway) were canonised in the "Ministrife" flash.
* The author of Fanfic/MoonDaughter, a ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson|and the Olympians}}'' fanfiction, does this a lot:
--> I was resolved so I put on some black eyeliner and some dark red lipstick that was the color of blood to remind me of my mission. I put on a silver tank top and a blavk jacket that was made from lether with a [[RougeAnglesofSatin sliver]] zipper and a sliver moon on the cuffs, I put on black skinny jeans with sliver threads sown threw them and a pair of black converse with dark red laces. My hair I cut on the edges a little to make it more ragged.
* Although in ''FanFic/EternalFlowers'' the author tends to go into DescriptionPorn, especially when it comes to food, in Chapter Thirty-Seven, the descriptions of the dresses for the Moonlight Gala for each female character get a lengthy paragraph.
* In ''Fanfic/ChlorineGrownRoses'', nearly every chapter describes every characters' outfits and hairstyles (particularly [[MarySue Azusa's]]), most of which consist of band tees and short skirts.
* ''Film/{{Cinderella}}'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/TheRoseAndTheCrown'' will sometimes stop for a lengthy description of Cinderella's fancy new gown and whatever jewelry comes with it.
* {{Played for Laughs}} in the ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' fic [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/9373517 Clothe Me With the Tainted Dress]]
--> […] [[WholesomeCrossdresser Takasugi]]'s obstructive clothing: a ''[[KimonoFanservice furisode]]'' of deepest crimson whose sleeves and hem trailed on the floor thanks to its wearer's height, adorned with a detailed and grand ''surihaku'' depiction of a forest of golden autumn leaves and silver ''susuki'' grass - a striking and extravagant ensemble of [[GoldMakesEverythingShiny too much gold]] and ''even more'' silver that gave Takasugi's own butterfly robe a run for its money. That was not to mention the slew of ornaments whose material ranged from wood to brass to gold to tortoiseshell - ''every single one'' [[EverythingsSparklywithJewelry studded with]] [[GemEncrusted jewels]] to boot - stuck into his choppy hair. As if having his neck gone stiff carrying that load atop his head wasn't bad enough, there had to be this blasted ''[[HairDecorations kanzashi]]'' from which hung long beads of pearls reaching past his chin that kept swinging into his face and against each other, creating those irritating dull clacking noises every time he moved his head. And to top it all off, his face was caked with make-up even under his bandages - he was made to remove them as foundation and powder and ''eyeliner'' and ''mascara'' was ruthlessly applied onto the part of his face that would be concealed anyway.
* Used in the ''Series/LostGirl''/''Series/Merlin2008'' crossover fic ''Fanfic/LostInCamelot'', as Bo and Kenzi are sent back in time to Camelot and learn that they cannot return to the twenty-first century, with Kenzi in particular revelling in the opportunity to explore now outfits (the author notes that some of her costume designs draw inspiration from ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'')

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' proves that with sufficiently careful art direction, mundane everyday clothes can look just as good if not better than the most elaborate dresses.
* Nearly everyone in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' is wearing a bearskin vest, which must have been terrible for the animators considering how difficult fur is to animate. For individual characters, [[http://i45.tinypic.com/14kuqsy.jpg Hiccup's riding vest is meticulously detailed to the last buckle]]. Meanwhile, [[http://i46.tinypic.com/jigax0.jpg Astrid's distinctive shirt and armwarmers]] are made with naalbinding (a traditional Viking form of knitting), and the yarn is of many different shades and thickness to showcase a rough, homespun and hand-dyed look.
* As seen in the page picture, Franchise/DisneyPrincess costumes can be very elaborate. Note that usually the most elaborate costuming is on the merchandise more than the movies, since [[DetailHoggingCover the more detailed the costume, the harder it is to animate]].
* The Franchise/{{Barbie}} films are full of this. Good Lord are they ever.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' movie is full of this. Most notable examples would have to be Anya's yellow silk DreamSequence dress, the svelte navy and sparkly Parisian Opera dress, her blue court dress at the beginning of the movie, and her yellow court dress at the end of the movie.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The entire Creator/ElizabethTaylor ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' was one huge orgy of this.
** Same with the [[Film/Cleopatra1934 1934]] Creator/ClaudetteColbert version.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Bollywood}} epic ''Bollywood/{{Devdas}}'' was an amazing example of this, and at the time broke records for the sheer amount spent on costume and design.
* Queen Amidala of ''Franchise/StarWars''. Each of those dresses is based on a RealLife cultural dress, by the way. One of the most iconic outfits is based on a Mongolian wedding dress.
** There was a point to this, but AllThereInTheManual. As Queen, she's not supposed to be a person but a living symbol of her people's culture and traditions. They went over the top on traditional designs and makeup so people would first think Queen of the Naboo, not Padmé Naberrie. Even the neat little mark on her lower lip was symbolic. It's the Mark of Remembrance to serve as a constant reminder of Naboo's bloody past.
** It did have a plot purpose because she is supposed to be in disguise as a handmaiden on Tatooine and not revealed to be the same person until later in the movie.
** When Padmé's "just" a senator (and even in private) her clothes continue to be elaborate and beautiful; there was a tie-in website written as a Coruscant news site where a fashion critic gushed over her outfit.
** Also averted. While Padmé's (massive) wardrobe gets plenty of time onscreen, the costume department also dedicated tremendous effort to outfitting extras that only got about 3 seconds of screentime during a crowd scene. Case in point: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Opula_Deget Opula Deget]].
* ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower'' pays special attention to the ridiculously opulent costumes and stylized armor worn by every character in the film. At one point, the king beats someone to death with his solid-gold belt.
* Downplayed in Creator/PeterJackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''. According to Bernard Hill (King Théoden), many of his costumes had elaborate golden embroidery that was too detailed to ever be appreciated (or even ''noticed'') on the camera. The meticulous costume designers added it anyway in order to help him get into character. The armorers even added an elaborate gold design to the ''inside'' of his breastplate, which they justified as a protective thing.
** The above can be seen in the appendices included in the DVD release of ''Return of the King'', where the costume designers show some of their work, including Gandalf the White's undershirt which has elaborate gold embroidery despite being completely concealed by the rest of his clothes in every scene, and a dress that Arwen wears for a single sequence lasting no more than a minute, yet the dress itself is so beautifully stitched and made of such exotic materials (including silk shipped in from India) that it seems like a tremendous waste of money.
*** This is true for almost all the costumes and props made for the films; Jackson could frame his shots ad lib and not accidentally capture someone whose sword was made of [[SpecialEffectFailure cardboard wrapped in tinfoil]].
** The {{Mordor}} Orcs in the third movie have very elaborate armor and banners, but you will hardly notice it.
** Since the Bagginses are relatively wealthy, Frodo's clothing is made from richer materials, though of the same style as that of the other Hobbits.
*** This doesn't quite make sense, since the Tooks are richer than Bagginses, and Brandybucks at around the same level, yet Merry and Pippin still wear simpler materials than Frodo.
*** Both of those families are quite large; there is only one Baggins at Bag End, at that point in the story.
** The armour that Aragorn wore when Gondor and Rohan marched to Mordor was beautiful, featuring ''silver threaded embroidery'' in the shape of the Tree of Gondor. Let that sink in. They embroidered ''boiled leather'' with ''silver thread''. There is not an appropriate metaphor to convey how difficult that is to do.
** The armour that Sauron wore in the beginning of the film was only onscreen for about 45 seconds, but the whole thing was covered in an extremely subtle poison ivy motif engraved and acid etched into the steel.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement''. Costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier!
* Creator/FrancoZeffirelli's 1968 version of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. The Renaissance costumes are absolutely breathtaking and absolutely period-accurate, with hundreds of yards of elaborately pleated cotton velvet on the women and raunchy, colourful tights and codpieces on the men. It deservedly won an Oscar for Best Costume Design that year.
* ''Film/TheDuchess''. Creator/KeiraKnightley wore a new dress '''every single scene!!!'''
** In general, anything with Creator/KeiraKnightley will follow this trope.
*** Special mention must go to that damn gorgeous green dress she wore in ''Film/{{Atonement}}''. It outranked Audrey Hepburn's LittleBlackDress and Marilyn Monroe's iconic white number on a list of most beautiful dresses ever used in film!
* ''Film/MarieAntoinette'' films. The Sofia Coppola one in particular set out to deliberately invoke the trope.
* ''Film/VelvetGoldmine'' is a hardcore costume porn orgy.
* ''Film/DangerousLiaisons'', the 1988 film. The costumes were so amazing you see them popping up in later historical dramas, too.
* Another huge fashion show was from the pages of Vogue in ''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada''.
* [[http://viejohnny.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/xerxes.jpg Xerxes's]] entire gold ensemble in ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
* The 1936 musical ''Film/TheGreatZiegfeld''. Good gods and demons, the film [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3ick8_a-pretty-girl-is-like-a-melody-the_shortfilms is loaded with it]].
* Some Film/HammerHorror. Definitely.
* ''Film/DesigningWoman'' has Lauren Bacall as a designing woman who wears beautiful 1950s clothes, and has a gorgeous fashion show full of them.
* Coppola's ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' was a feast of fruitcake, opulent costumes.
* ''Film/TheCell'', outfitted by the same designer, took ''Dracula'''s costumes UpToEleven due to being set mostly in a psychotic LivingDollCollector's MentalWorld.
* ''Film/MirrorMirror'', by the same director, is this "dialed down" for a kid's movie.
* ''W.E.'', about [[Film/TheKingsSpeech Prince Bertie's brother's]] affair with Wallis Simpson. Not surprising since Wallis was more glamorous than Elizabeth and the film was produced by {{Music/Madonna}}.
* The kimonos in ''Film/MemoirsOfAGeisha''.
* A few gowns in ''Film/EverAfter'', most notably the gown Danielle wears to the masquerade ball.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Giselle makes her own costume porn, for the most part; the evil queen's outfit is just ridiculous.
* Spoofed beautifully in one segment in the comedy ''Film/WhatAWayToGo'', with Creator/ShirleyMacLaine's character going through five or six extravagant gowns in as many scenes.
* The Creator/LanaTurner vehicle ''Love Has Many Faces'' is less well-remembered for its paper-thin plot than for its exorbitant “million dollar wardrobe” (courtesy of legendary Hollywood costumer Edith Head, no less). Some have jokingly referred to the film as ''Love Has Many Costume Changes''.
* Played to the max is ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman'', especially with Ravenna who wears a new dress in almost every scene. Also ''everyone'' during King Magnus and Ravenna's wedding and later at [[spoiler: Snow White's coronation.]]
* The dapper suits in the 2011 film adaptation ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''.
* ''Film/JupiterAscending'':
** Jupiter's [[http://www.naergilien.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/WorkPictures.jpg silver, white, and red gown]] with matching [[HairDecs headdress]]. [[spoiler: It's her wedding dress.]]
** Likewise Kalique's [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/f66753f6fd4169824d638a8f53f134de/tumblr_ninprsoscr1u2rmc6o1_1280.jpg own dresses]] [[http://41.media.tumblr.com/3020bdfad173e7583c71d5225db698f6/tumblr_ninprsoscr1u2rmc6o2_1280.jpg and gowns]] fit this trope too.
** The shoes! Jupiter especially ends up in some ''fantastic'' heels, some of which even Creator/MilaKunis is visibly uncomfortable and/or struggling in.
* Despite being HollywoodCostuming, the outfits in ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'' are about as grand and detailed as they might have been when the story takes place. Cinderella's ball gown in particular is ''stunning'', an iridescent, glowing blue confection of crystals and tulle that rather looks as if someone took a Hubble Space Telescope image of a blue-tinted galaxy or nebula and spun it into a gown. It also hearkens to the famous [[http://www.pfspublishing.com/.a/6a0133f2f53db3970b016764ae25c1970b-800wi Blue Morpho butterfly]]; fitting given the butterfly motif of the film (and indeed, butterflies are present on the gown's neckline).
* The film ''Phantom Thread'' is rife with gorgeous 1950's haute couture dresses. Fitting, as it's the story of a renowned dressmaker.

* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Vampires are vain and always wear ornate clothing, which is described in detail.
* ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'': The everyday clothes are given no description other than colour, but when some members of the main cast stay at the palace and are given new clothes so that they don't look out of place, those new clothes are described in detail.
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' does this. Any given book will have several detailed descriptions of all the girls' outfits, but especially Claudia's. There's usually a shopping trip to the local mall, too, which enters FridgeLogic territory when one wonders how they manage to afford all that stuff on their $4.00-an-hour babysitting gigs.
* ''Literature/TheClique'' does this a lot.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Each entry in the series features at least one scene where what characters are wearing is described in lavish detail.
** It's probably worth mentioning that the author is a [[AuthorAppeal theatrical costume designer.]]
* Every outfit in ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'' is described. In detail.
* Sara Crewe's shopping trip with her daddy at the beginning of ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''.
* According to a reviewer, the description of the heroine's gorgeous 17th century clothes in the historical romance ''ForeverAmber'' is quite impressive.
* Parodied in ''Literature/ThePrincessBride'' book, where supposedly pages of such description were redacted from the "original version".
* Likely to occur with anything [[TheDandy William Marsh]] is wearing in ''Literature/DarknessVisible'' - azure silk waistcoats and [[NiceHat nice hats]] abound.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. Suffice to say that if one removes all the gratuitous clothing descriptions from the novels, the total page count would likely go down at least 40%.
* Creator/MercedesLackey:
** Occasionally the more elaborate outfits worn by the Hawkbrothers in the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series will get this treatment. One particular example of this was during the many ceremonies held toward the beginning of ''Owlknight'', with each of the participants wearing a separate costume for each one, all described in detail.
** Lackey goes into enough detail on Tudor and Elven attire in the four-novel series about the young (Queen) Elizabeth that reproducing the outfits for a costuming competition would be child's play.
** And in her ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' series, where the female protagonist's GorgeousPeriodDress (and most of the rest of her wardrobe) gets a loving description.
** And in her ''Literature/ElementalMasters'' series, which transcribes the [[BroadStrokes basic details]] of fairy tale plots into urban Victorian London.
** And in... well. Suffice it to say Mercedes Lackey really loves this trope.
* Creator/AnneRice's ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'':
** ''Literature/TheVampireLestat'''s protagonist always goes to great length to describe his wardrobe.
** The same's true for the other books "written" by Lestat, as well as in ''Literature/TheVampireArmand'' (narrated by the title character), possibly the [[PurpleProse purplest]] of the novels.
* The short story ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'' would periodically skid to a halt to describe a character's clothing in elaborate PurpleProse. This would happen whether the character in question was a Main or merely a Mook who would be killed off seconds after being introduced.
* While it can of course be overdone costume description, if done well can contribute to characterization and atmosphere. A writer that tends to use it very well is Creator/BarbaraHambly.
** ''Literature/BrideOfTheRatGod'' is loaded with this, from the dresses to the furs Christine lets Norah wear.
* In every single ''Literature/GossipGirl'' book (and all of its copycats) the author spends paragraphs discussing what each character is wearing down to the shoes and the lingerie, so much so that if a character is wearing a jeans and t-shirt it begins to sound opulent.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' often gets into this, especially when Bella is whining about some spectacular designer outfit Alice forced her to wear and of course whatever beige ensemble Edward is wearing at the moment. Admittedly, Meyer manages to tone it down by the last book by staggering the descriptions instead of creating walls of text.
* This is done in the book version of ''Literature/AmericanPsycho'', but partially in a subversion: while the narration makes it sound like the '80s businessmen are clad in the most powerful of power suits, if one were to actually look at the items in question, they'd realize they look absolutely ridiculous. The film adaptation went with [[SharpDressedMan expensive and stylish but otherwise normal-looking late-80s suits]], instead applying its DescriptionPorn to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZVkW9p-cCU business cards]].
* At the end of ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'' [[Creator/GKChesterton Chesterton]] places each character in ceremonial garb meant to personify the days of the week. They are all described, though not in ''excruciating'' detail - it only takes up a few pages.
* Comes up a lot in the ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' series. Ayla was raised by a Clan who did not decorate their clothing, and is impressed by and eager to learn other groups' methods for beading and embroidery. Because Jean Auel did lots of research, this is one way she [[ShownTheirWork shows her work]].
* Laurell K. Hamilton abuses this no end in ''Literature/AnitaBlake'', especially when Jean-Claude and his sexed-up get-ups make an entrance. Parodied excellently [[http://killeverybodyinthewholeworld.blogspot.com/2008/03/anita-blake-books-by-laurell-k-hamilton.html here]].
* ''Literature/TheHermuxTantamoqAdventures'' includes vivid descriptions of the characters' luridly-coloured clothing, particularly the bizarre outfits worn by RichBitch Tucka Mertslin.
* Jerry B. Jenkins, 'co-author' and actual writer of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' books, spends more time in ''Tribulation Force'' describing Hattie and Steve's new Antichrist-approved outfits than he ever spent describing the scenes of horror that surely must have been unfolding in the first book following the disappearance of ''a third of the world's population'' in the Rapture.
* The ''Literature/{{Mabinogion}}'' brings us the early-medieval ''Dream of Macsen Wledig'', which is stuffed full of characters who turn up only to get the beautiful colors and magnificent materials of their clothes, armor, and horses described. Oh, and drop off messages.
** This is theorized to have happened mainly because the story was composed when 'writing stuff down' was just making a comeback in the British Isles. Somebody thought it was orgasmically awesome to be able to put in this many details and be able to get them right next time without killing your brain. An amazing memory was an important necessity to the job, but remembering many long stories was much more important than getting one right after days of wandering around madly muttering, 'green...blue...red...sable...no, yellow, then sable...'
* In his ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' series, Creator/KimNewman writes what can only be described as costume gorn. Occult detective Richard Jeperson wears only the most eye-searingly hideous of '70s fashions, and Newman describes his outfits in detail every story.
* In ''Literature/SirGawainAndTheGreenKnight'' the clothing worn by both of the title characters is described in loving detail.
* Much of the elaborate description of costume is left out of modern translations of ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' as modern readers are unable to interpret the delicate social nuances, key to characterization, that would have been obvious to Murasaki' Shikibu's contemporaries.
* OlderThanFeudalism: The description of the staggeringly elaborate decorations on the Shield of Achilles in ''Literature/TheIliad'' goes on for several ''pages''. The more important a character is, the more time is spent describing his battle armor.
* ''Literature/TheBible'' has lovingly exact specifications for the garments of the priests in the Book of Exodus.
* The Creator/MarquisDeSade's ''Literature/The120DaysOfSodom'' has as many detailed descriptions of the characters' costumes as it does their depravities.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', anyone? Examples include costumes that are on ''fire''.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/AWitchShallBeBorn", Salome goes in for this.
-->''Salome was clad in the barbaric splendor of a woman of Shushan. Jewels glittered in the torchlight on her gilded sandals, on her gold breast-plates and the slender chains that held them in place. Gold anklets clashed as she moved, jeweled bracelets weighted her bare arms. Her tall coiffure was that of a Shemitish woman, and jade pendants hung from gold hoops in her ears, flashing and sparkling with each impatient movement of her haughty head. A gem-crusted girdle supported a silk shirt so transparent that it was in the nature of a cynical mockery of convention''
* The descriptions of the kimonos in ''Literature/MemoirsOfAGeisha'' have been described as the best part of the book.
* Judy from ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs'' often describes dresses she bought with allowances from the titular character in detail.
* In the Literature/TimeScout series, small mistakes in costume downtime can be deadly. For some reason, the characters never end up in a place where drab, simple clothes are the norm. Instead they end up mingling with high society in VictorianLondon. Coincidence. Yeah.
* [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire George R.R. Martin]] can spend paragraphs describing the clothing and heraldry of his characters. The greater the detail, the greater the chance the wearer will be/do/experience something significant by the end of the chapter.
* Creator/TamoraPierce describes all articles of clothing in great detail. This applies to both the ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' and the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series. In some cases, this is understandable for characterization reasons (Sandry, a seamstress and "stitch witch," naturally takes interest in fashion while Beka Cooper makes detailed observations of any suspect or persons of interest) but it's present no matter whose viewpoint you're looking through.
* Gwen's historical costumes in ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy'' are always described in loving detail.
* Trying to imagine brightly colourful, TheLateMiddleAges clothes Zbyszko wears in ''Literature/TheKnightsOfTheCross'' may fill your mind's eye with tears.
* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', the clothes Maia must wear as emperor are described in some detail, only further emphasizing the contrast to what he's used to. The hair decorations of nobles also get a lot of descriptions, which in some cases is a way of showing who has taste and who hasn't.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheTudors''
* ''Series/TheBorgias''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', especially in opulent King's Landing and faraway lands like Qarth. [[http://smatterist.com/749/gone-largely-unnoticed-game-thrones-series-now-impossible-take-eyes/ Here is an article]] about the detail put into the costumes. Renly Baratheon's ostentatious armour and Margaery Tyrell's sumptuous wedding gown are excellent examples.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. Those gangsters were sharp dressers! As were their ladies, of course.
* The designs on ''Series/ProjectRunway'' sometimes veer into this, particularly the Fashion Week final collections.
* Chairman Kaga in ''Series/IronChef''.
* The current (late 2009) TV ads for [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] Radio One
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has its fair share of this, with the different clothing styles on the various planets they visit. This is especially true in the early seasons, when they were trying to show off, and in the later seasons, when they had a huge budget.
* Series/HockeyNightInCanada host Don Cherry wears, uh... very flamboyant outfits.
* Jason King, on both ''Series/DepartmentS'' and ''Series/JasonKing''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has done this from the start:
** Tom Baker's famous bohemian outfit and the Time Lords' exquisitely layered robes and headdresses were designed by James Acheson, who later went on to win three Oscars for his stupendous costumes for Hollywood movies. Check out "The Masque of Mandragora" and "The Deadly Assassin" for his best work on the series. Also, Amy Roberts designed some rather gorgeous pieces for the stories she worked on ("Image of the Fendahl", "State of Decay", "The Keeper of Traken", "Mawdryn Undead" and the Ainley Master's velvet costume). June Hudson's work on Season 17 and 18 is also worthy of attention, particularly her radical redesign of Tom Baker's costume to give him a [[SharpDressedMan darker, sharper look]]. Hudson adored Tom Baker's physical appearance and relished the opportunity to dress him up in beautiful things, and it shows.
** "Pyramids of Mars". The Fourth Doctor permanently alters his style of dress from this point onwards and his new look is announced with a long shot of him slowly revealing his face from under his EyeObscuringHat, then striking a pose while the camera pans out and down his body. Sarah Jane gets to wear a floaty, sparkly Victorian gown and point a rifle at people. And everyone else is in GorgeousPeriodDress.
** Due to improved budget at the time, the entirety of Season 14. See "The Deadly Assassin", the GorgeousPeriodDress-heavy {{Costumer}} "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" and the awesome RaygunGothic Art Deco couture headdresses in "The Robots of Death".
** ''Series/DoctorWho'' had an episode of this in the form of "The Girl in the Fireplace". Not just Reinette's [[GorgeousPeriodDress gorgeous period dresses]], but the outfits the clockwork robots were wearing.
* About half the costumes on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' probably qualify. [[http://www.farfarawaysite.com/merlin/season2/promo/2000/t/9.jpg Gwen's purple dress]] is probably the best example, but [[http://www.farfarawaysite.com/merlin/season2/promo/2000/t/6.jpg Merlin's every]] [[http://www.farfarawaysite.com/merlin/season2/promo/2003/t/39.jpg day clothes]] manage to be impressive just by how natural they look. The [[http://www.farfarawaysite.com/merlin/season2/promo/2002/2.jpg detailing]] on Arthur's armor is also pretty much invisible in everything except high-res promo shots. And that's not even touching on what Morgana wears...
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': The Crawley sisters in particular seem to have an inexhaustible supply of gorgeous evening gowns.
* ''Series/{{Alias}}'' has a lot of this when Sydney needs a fancy disguise. Costumes involved range from traditional style kimono to outrageous party outfits.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is known for this, especially for the villainous characters whose outfits are usually very detailed and flamboyant as opposed to their disney counterparts.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity''
* ''Series/GossipGirl''
* ''Series/RuPaulsDragRace''
* ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars''
* ''Series/BlackAdder'' The second and third series in particular had very detailed costumes. Queenie's dress from the second series, Prince George's clothes (especially the trousers) and all of Blackadder's clothes were exquisitely detailed.
* ''Series/NoahsArc'': The fashion show, which has some wildly elaborate outfits even by fashion show standards.
* Dr Lucy Worsley in her history documentaries just ''loves'' dressing up in period costumes and will get through at least half a dozen in a typical episode, along with a similar number of natty modern-day outfits in between.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' features full display of uniforms from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps worn by mostly good looking people.
** Ironic though is that the episode ("Gypsy Eyes") for which they won an Emmy for costumes featured no naval uniforms at all.
* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': Just look at Mary's wardrobe.
* ''{{Series/The Legend Of Zhen Huan}}'' Expensive costumes for even commoners.
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'': Most of the costumes are pretty normal, but some of the dresses and accessories they put Tahani in are simply ''gorgeous''. She was a socialite and former model from an extremely wealthy family, so it makes sense she'd have access to the finest couture and fashion.

* VisualKei
* Music/AliProject
* Music/{{Liberace}}
* Music/EltonJohn
* Music/{{Madonna}}
* Music/BritneySpears
* Music/CarlyRaeJepsen changes her costumes in her music video of "This Kiss."
* Music/ChristinaAguilera
* Music/LadyGaga
* Music/NickiMinaj
* Music/{{KISS}}, of course.
* And now care of America's Got Talent, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTgb2YURxH8&hd=1 Prince Poppycock]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhI3VTC-YUU&hd=1 Liberace may have some competition]] if he takes a few lessons from Alexander Bui...
* Music/DavidBowie, especially during his GlamRock period in TheSeventies (Ziggy Stardust, et.al.) and the ''Earthling'' era in TheNineties (which featured Alexander [=McQueen=]-designed frock coats).
* Revo from Music/SoundHorizon has taken to wearing elaborately embroidered AwesomeAnachronisticApparel just about any time he makes a public appearance.
* Music/{{Namgar}}
* Falco's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVikZ8Oe_XA Rock me Amadeus]].
* Music/GirlsGeneration. They have a never ending variety of themed costumes that still manage to be unique for all 9 members. This includes 60's mod inspired outfits for ''Hoot'', Biker Punk for ''Bad Girl'', the various military themed uniforms from ''Genie'', the yellow and black combinations for ''Mr Taxi'', the flashy gold sparkly dresses for ''Twinkle'' and on and on.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic does this on tour; his Jedi costume, the Fat suit, and more recently a Lady Gaga-inspired purple peacock outfit.
* Music/{{One Direction}}'s "Kiss You" video dresses the band up in various co-ordinated, FanService outfits. Sailors! Skiiers! Surfers! Prisoners! Naked! (?)
* Music/InThisMoment music videos are very artsy in this manner and Maria Brink is often said to be a metal counterpart to Music/LadyGaga.
* Female-fronted metal bands are known for having their lead singers dress in numerous elaborate dresses, especially gothic, power, and symphonic metal bands. Music/WithinTemptation and Music/{{Nightwish}} are two examples.

[[folder:Online Role Playing Games]]
* In text-based chat rooms used for online role-playing, many players adopt the habit of using a cut-and-paste "description drop" for their character, either upon entering a room, or if a new player arrives and requests a quick description of who is already there. While most players will keep it to a short summary of what a casual appraisal would reveal, a significant portion indulge in extreme CostumePorn. Not only are the outfit and physical attributes described in excruciating detail, but often bits that are completely unseen (such as tattoos and piercings in areas not available for public consumption) are included, as are historical notes that no casual observer could know. In extreme cases, these will even go so far as to exceed the chat-room's character limit, forcing the player to split it into two or more posts.
* Both played straight and averted on MU* Games. These have an on-demand version of the "description drop" mentioned above triggered by using the "look" command on something. Any player, room, or thing on the game can, and usually will, have one of these. As the content of these descriptions are entirely up to the person who can edit them, they can run the gamut of sizes. They might be an image link, a few sentences, or a huge wall of text containing massive amounts of costume porn that describes every little detail of the thing in question. They also end up averting this trope in the actual roleplay, however, because if you can stuff all your costume porn into the description of something, there's no need to repeat it in the actual roleplay.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr is famous for all his unique outfits and masks that we wonder who comes up with them. He has a tradition of wearing a unique costume every Wrestling/WrestleMania. XIX he wore a Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} costume, XX he dressed as The Flash etc. His most recent addition was a Na'vi inspired costume from Avatar.
* Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage was known for his flamboyant clothes and hats.
* Wrestling/RicFlair had a thing for frilly, sparkly and flamboyant robes which he wore during his entrances.
* Most of the WWE divas tend to wear fancy and extravagant wrestling attire so that when WWE has as many divas in the ring as they can fit, the overall effect is a bunch of multi-colored outfits bouncing around that could probably cause a few [=TVs=] to explode.
* In addition to his masks and or face paint, the entrance attire of Japanese legend Keiji Mutoh's alter ego, Wrestling/TheGreatMuta, is this in spades.
* Even though Wrestling/TheUndertaker dresses mostly in black, his more elaborate outfits, especially those for Wrestling/WrestleMania, ''definitely'' qualify for this trope.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho and his light up jacket.
* Wrestling/ChristianCage used to wear an assortment of shiny [[InTheHood hooded jumpsuits]] from 2004-2009 (although he did usually keep the hood off his head for the jumpsuits he started wearing as the Instant Classic in '07).
* Wrestling/DaizeeHaze is known for sewing ring gear and was an ideal partner for shirt salesman Wrestling/MattSydal, as well as [[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious]] after his mask was damaged by Sydal, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs and Hangmen 3. Also provided new gear to her rival Wrestling/MsChif, who had been accused of wearing the same thing for ''[[LimitedWardrobe years]]''.
* Wrestling/DaffneyUnger is known for sewing entrance attire and designing all sorts of ring gear and fashions for herself, as befitting of any self styled "{{goth}} goddess". This was brought to the forefront in SHINE, where Daffney formed her own squad. Tiny tilted top hats for everyone!

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Depending on how skilled you are with a paintbrush, the BlingOfWar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can get downright ridiculous. Most of the signature characters have incredibly detailed models that are an amateur painter's nightmare.
** Of course, you can just paint on a few basic colors, use something different for the bling, and [[MemeticMutation slap on some DEVLAN MUD]].
* Many of the ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' iconic characters wear elaborate, detailed outfits (some of which, like [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/pathfinder/images/2/2a/Seoni.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080602020008 Seoni's slit-side floor-length red dress]], [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit do not seem suited to hiking through dungeons]]) with a variety of accessories, not all of which have any obvious practical function. These trends hold particularly true for female spellcasters.

* {{Takarazuka}} Revue productions. The costuming budget on those things must be higher than the gross domestic product of many third-world countries.
* Galadriel in the Toronto production of ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. It was the headdress that did it. Notably, they changed her costume for the London production, but it was still quite opulent.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil shows, to the point that the company's 25th anniversary book (2009) was a retrospective of costumes from all the shows over the years! Especially costume-riffic shows include ''Alegria'', ''[[Theatre/{{O}} "O"]]'', and ''KA''.
* The Metropolitan Opera's costume shop is famous for its creations. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZTi_l1HidY Look]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69atpi_K5zA at these]] from their productions of Donizetti's Tudor Queens operas.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcEQ6yJaNWc Various]], incl. ''La Boheme'', ''Tosca''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWR8MYuTbZs The Merry Widow]].
* Most productions of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' turn out like this (including the film), particularly during the "Masquerade" song.
* Theatre/ShrekTheMusical brings fairy-tale creatures to life: [[http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CFkQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dd2PTwUG4ZzE&ei=xqFBTteNCqOqsAK8u5TPCQ&usg=AFQjCNFrPzIsyfCANisV6F2tQ4HLBtz1eA Exhibit A]].
* Theatre/DisneyOnIce shows, especially when the Franchise/DisneyPrincess characters are put through their paces.
* The 2013 West End musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' won the 2014 Olivier Award for its lavish and plentiful costumes, including an array of trick outfits that transform the full-sized adults in the ensemble into the diminutive Oompa-Loompas. Willy Wonka's outfit alone could qualify for this trope -- not only is it directly based on the description in [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the source novel]], the details go even further, all the way down to the actor's socks (white with multi-colored, pastel polka dots).
* The Ziegfeld Follies were famous for the elaborate costumes worn by the performers.
* ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}''[='s=] first-act finale is largely concerned with parading the Arthurian court in its fullest finery.
* As one might expect from a fairy-tale-tinged period piece, the costumes in ''Theatre/{{Anastasia}}'' are incredibly detailed and exquisite. Special notice must go to the glittering, detailed Romanov women's costumes in the prologue and dream sequences, as well as Anya's pink silk ballet dress and full-skirted princess gown.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' has won multiple awards for its lush costume design, including the 2004 Tony Award. Every character down to the ensemble cast has an intricate and intensely detailed wardrobe -- though special mention should be made of Elphaba's Act II dress, ''everything'' that G(a)linda wears, and Madame Morrible's elaborate attire.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is a CharacteristicTrope of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'', where one of the main appeals of the series is criticising/coveting the gorgeous outfits, and the designers know it. There have been fashion collaborations where the characters have modelled real clothes for Louis Vuitton, Prada and Roen (with Roen designing the characters' actual in-game outfits in that case).
** In terms of on-screen CostumePorn, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' probably takes the cake with Balthier's vest/cuirass alone. ''Every'' main character (and many side characters) has a substantial amount of intricate filigree and lace-like patterns in their outfits - even if they're supposed to be dirt-poor street rats.
** Creator/TetsuyaNomura likes to give his characters a stylish VisualKei feel with lots of punky and gothic elements, with Lulu's belt-dress from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and Squall's leather jacket and bondage pants in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' being a couple of more obvious cases. Creator/YoshitakaAmano dresses his characters in floaty, clashing florals and organic armour inspired by stage costumes for ballet, like Terra's scarf-skirt, dotted tights and sparkly flower-embroidered leotard being a clear example of his style.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' contains a sidequest where you have to look at a wedding dress. Designed [[ProductPlacement by Vivienne Westwood]].
* Anything that's non-{{Stripperific}} designed by Satoshi Urushihara for ''VideoGame/{{Growlanser}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Langrisser}}''.
* Ayami Kojima's art for ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' features some very detailed clothing. Let's take Alucard for example. The inside of his coat (not his cape) has an extreme amount of detail.
* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' allows you to create this trope through decoration, randomly determined between menacing spikes, hanging rings, encircling bands, and images, with no regard to practicality. Entirely described through text, no less. Artifacts have many diverse materials as decoration, usually covering all the above decorations. Some even have images of themselves on them.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'', the outfits worn by Team Galactic are otherworldly and elaborate. Gym Leaders and other major bosses in general may also fall into this category.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'', the crossover between ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and ''VideoGame/NobunagasAmbition'', freely uses the Pokemon side of the crossover to get really fantastic with the Warlord outfits, ''especially'' after they promote.
* The ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series is the eastern version of Satoshi Urushihara's works in terms of extreme pornography. Even when someone has a plain and basic outfit there's an 80% chance of NiceHat after NiceHat after... It seems the only place they skimped on the clothing was for the create-a-character 'edit generals'. See also: Kessen and Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but DW is where they save the most fantastical designs for.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'''s [[http://arilenas-world.de/images/Maestro.jpg Maestro]].
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' goes its way to show off the opulent outfits of the Renaissance period, unusually focusing mainly on the male wardrobe. The Assassin's uniform is of course the most notable example, and a major departure from the simple robes of the first game.
** Ezio takes it UpToEleven in ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Brotherhood]]'' with [[http://lh5.ggpht.com/_RU8vXW4WLqU/TN1wS0JsqVI/AAAAAAAAXrg/2drn7P9QfKM/Ezio%20Auditore.jpg this outfit.]]
*** That costume is loosely based on the Renaissance fashions, and should accommodate walking, running and possibly even semi-formal duelling. However, there's no way that anyone could climb in it without the loose cloth sticking to every nook imaginable.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Lusternia}}'', trademasters can periodically submit a number of cartel designs. The result is extreme customization of everything from robes to platemail to furniture. Your character can be as richly (or as drably) attired as you desire. And - like the ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' example above - this is achieved entirely through text!
* The ''VideoGame/{{Growlanser}}'' games are loaded with this. Just peruse [[http://www.growlanser-realm.com/officialart/chara.htm this official art page]] to see how much detail goes into the clothing.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' series is bursting at the seams with Costume Porn. Just take a gander at [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111228204511/touhou/images/6/6e/YukariP.png this]], and [[http://images.wikia.com/touhou/images/e/ee/Soku-portrait-sanae.png this]], and [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/touhou/images/b/b1/Utsuho_Reiuji_portrait.jpg ...is that a starfield in her cape]]?!
* So prevalent in ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' that is listed on the game's [[Characters/EternalSonata character page]] under "tropes all characters have in common."
* ''VideoGame/BarbieSuperModel'' lapses into this sometimes, as it's a game about trying to make Barbie a great super model.
* ''VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival'' is officially a RhythmGame, but for most people the main reason they play is to collect as many cards of cute idols dressed up in extremely cool-looking costumes - from [[http://schoolido.lu/cards/549/ angels]] to [[http://schoolido.lu/cards/367/ mermaids]] to [[http://schoolido.lu/cards/346/ wedding dresses]] - as possible. However, just lucking out on one card is enough - that only nets you the unidolised version, which tends to be a much more casual outfit (though often still a very well drawn one) - to get the real costume porn, you need two versions of the same card so you can fuse them together in a process called Idolisation, a feat which ranges from 'very easy' for Normal rarity cards to 'start saving up money months in advance' for prized Ultra Rares.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sire}}'' opens with [[http://sire.smackjeeves.com/comics/823135/chapter-one-print-cover/ this straight-jacket dress.]] Sadly it does not appear in the comic proper.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shiniez}}'' regularly shows off some stunning pieces of fetish fashion, often dedicating entire pages to showing the full costume of a character.
* In the ''{{Webcomic/Buildingverse}}'' if the [[TheFairFolk fae]] "[[InstantCosplaySurprise choose]]" someone's wardrobe chances are it will be either this trope or {{Stripperific}}. Like [[http://pika-la-cynique.deviantart.com/art/GND235-En-piste-432885919 this pink wedding cake dress]] from ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'' but then again that happened at a fairy tale ball so probably ''everybody'' aimed at costume porn (some missed). And to be fair to the fair ones, even the regular characters can go overboard with clothing like [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-317-Gird-370793373 this]] incident from ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In his review of ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'', Yahtzee Croshaw of WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation claims that this is a problem in VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}, and the game being reviewed. He goes at length [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/columns/extra-punctuation/7071-Extra-Punctuation-Darksiders here]].
* Need one yourself? Use this handy [[http://nine.frenchboys.net/clothes.php generator]]
* The Right Writing [[http://the-right-writing.tumblr.com/post/26847250233/when-to-describe-clothing in detail]] about when to use it in a written medium.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Suited for Success" is very much a display of Costume Porn, featuring [[TheFashionista Rarity's]] creative efforts in designing evening wear for her friends.
* Prevalent in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' each of the girls have unique costumes for various occasions, and get newer ones every season.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* MarieAntoinette gets associated with this, when she actually tried to make dress at Versailles more modest (although she was still required to wear the most elaborate dresses). Other Queens and Empresses have fit this trope far better, owning up to thousands of dresses.
** It is true that Marie Antoinette preferred simpler styles and tried to get them accepted at court. However, she still wore some seriously fancy dresses. Just take a look at [[https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marie-Antoinette_par_Elisabeth_Vigée-Lebrun_-_1783.jpg this!]] It's got ruffles, bows, and tassels.
* Imelda Marcos's ''Shoe Porn''.
* The ''traje de luces'' worn by bullfighters.
* Many of the uniforms worn by the Nazis, especially the SS. Hugo Boss designed them, so they looked great and have held up for decades. Some Internet pundits suggest that the great costumes are the reason World War II movies will continue to be made for a long time.
** [[ImpracticallyFancyOutfit This is also a good example of clothes that are too fancy to be practical.]] The all-black suits were eyecatching, but they were also worn by SS officers in summer. In full sun. Without air conditioning. One can only wonder if this was [[{{Troll}} a deliberate move on Boss' part]].