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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 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]] ]]

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 the GoldenAgeOfHollywood. 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
* StylishProtectionGear
* VirtualPaperDoll

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

Compare: DescriptionPorn, SceneryPorn, TechnologyPorn.

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.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Manga/CardcaptorSakura. Sakura has a different, detailed, cute costume for EVERY EPISODE, courtesy of her best friend [[AuthorAppeal Tomoyo]].
* ''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.
* ''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 {{CLAMP}}.
* ''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 ''ParadiseKiss'' is probably the worst offender, but it happens many other times both in that series and ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari''.
* [[Manga/XxxHOLiC Yuuko]] [[TsubasaChronicle Ichihara's]] [[UnlimitedWardrobe wardrobe]] is a veritable catalog of of ludicrously orgasmatastic clothing designs.
** Special points to Manga/XxxHOLiC here 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.
* ''{{Gankutsuou}}'' takes this trope to eye-bleeding extremes.
* ''RoseOfVersailles'' ''revels'' in this. (See the pictures on PimpedOutDress.AnimeAndManga and RequisiteRoyalRegalia pages for just an idea.)
** Likewise, OniisamaE had the main charas [[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]]).
* ''TheBrideOfTheWaterGod'' has a vast array of beautiful Korean costumes.
* ''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 ''{{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 {{Bishounen}}!"
* Most of the outfits in ''Manga/BlackButler''. Special mention goes to the gown Ciel wore at a ball when cross-dressing.
** Ditto ''PandoraHearts''.
* Taken UpToEleven in the manga ''AKissToThePrince''.
* ''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 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 ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'', the costumes that the titular host club wear for special {{Cosplay}} events are as stylish and [[FetishFuel drool-worthy]] as can be expected of a rich kids' club.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' features this. Nearly every character has a fancy elaborate outfit.
* ''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.
* ''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 YuuWatase, as she often drew Miaka Yuuki from 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 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]].]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''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.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Half the text of ''MyImmortal'', the infamous Literature/HarryPotter FanFic, is the MarySue in question describing her "goffic" clothing and that of her friends. All descriptions are nearly identical.
** The best the description of the "Black Leather Pajamas".
** Pfff, "black leather bar."
* The Zelda fanfiction "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 ''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. 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 silver circlet on her head, with a veil of lace hanging out of the headpiece down to just below her chin.''
* In ''{{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 MoonDaughter, a PercyJackson 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 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.

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[[folder:Film]]
* The entire Creator/ElizabethTaylor ''Film/{{Cleopatra}}'' was one huge orgy of this.
* The {{Bollywood}} epic ''{{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 ''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 Padme 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 Padme's "just" a senator (and even in private) her clothes continue to be elaborate and beautiful; I recall a tie-in website written as a Corruscant news site where a fashion critic gushed over her outfit.
** Also averted. While Padme'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!
* Zeffirelli's 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet. 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.
* ''TheDuchess''. KeiraKnightley wore a new dress '''every single scene!!!'''
** In general, anything with KeiraKnightley will follow this trope.
*** Special mention must go to that damn gorgeous green dress she wore in {{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!
* ''MarieAntoinette'' films. The Sofia Coppola one in particular set out to deliberately invoke the trope.
* ''VelvetGoldmine'' is a hardcore costume porn orgy.
* ''Literature/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 ''TheDevilWearsPrada''.
* [[http://viejohnny.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/xerxes.jpg Xerxes's]] entire gold ensemble in ''Film/ThreeHundred''.
* The 1936 musical ''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 HammerHorror. Definitely.
* Coppola's {{Dracula}} was a feast of fruitcake, opulent costumes.
* ''TheCell'', outfitted by the same designer, took ''Dracula'''s costumes UpToEleven due to being set mostly in a psychotic LivingDollCollector's MentalWorld.
* ''MirrorMirror'', by the same director, is this "dialed down" for a kid's movie.
* ''W.E.'', about [[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 {{Madonna}}.
* The kimonos in ''MemoirsOfAGeisha''.
* A few gowns in ''Film/EverAfter'', most notably the gown Danielle wears to the masquerade ball.
* [[{{Enchanted}} Giselle]] makes her own costume porn, for the most part; the evil queen's outfit is just ridiculous.
* ''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.
* 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 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 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''.
* Nearly everyone in ''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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''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.
* ''TheClique'' does this a lot.
* Every outfit in ''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 ''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%.
* Occasionally the more elaborate outfits worn by the Hawkbrothers in the 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.
** Creator/MercedesLackey also 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 ''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.
* The novel ''TheVampireLestat'''s protagonist always goes to great length to describe his wardrobe.
** The same's true for AnneRice's other books "written" by Lestat, as well as in ''TheVampireArmand'' (narrated by the title character), possibly the [[PurpleProse purplest]] of the VampireChronicles.
* 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 ''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 ''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.
* At the end of ''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 ''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]].
* [[AnitaBlake Laurell K. Hamilton]] abuses this no end, 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 ''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''.
* ''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''.
** Somewhat justified, since looking good to the viewers gets a tribute more sponsors, which in turn gives them a better chance of surviving.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's 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 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.
* [[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.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''TheTudors''
* ''Series/TheBorgias''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'', especially in opulent King's Landing and faraway lands like Qarth.
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''. Those gangsters were sharp dressers! As were their ladies, of course.
* The designs on ''ProjectRunway'' sometimes veer into this, particularly the Fashion Week final collections.
* Chairman Kaga in ''IronChef''.
* The current (late 2009) TV ads for [[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.
* HockeyNightInCanada host Don Cherry wears, uh... very flamboyant outfits.
* Jason King, on both ''Series/DepartmentS'' and ''Series/JasonKing''.
* ''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.
** ''Doctor Who'' 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).
* 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, partly justified by Sydney's need to blend in. Costumes involved range from traditional style kimono to outrageous party outfits.
* ''SexAndTheCity''
* ''GossipGirl''
* ''PrettyLittleLiars''
* ''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.
* ''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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* VisualKei
* {{Liberace}}
* EltonJohn
* Madonna
* BritneySpears
* CarlyRaeJepsen changes her costumes in her music video of "This Kiss."
* ChristinaAguilera
* LadyGaga
* NickiMinaj
* {{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 SoundHorizon has taken to wearing elaborately embroidered AwesomeAnachronisticApparel just about any time he makes a public appearance.
* Music/{{Namgar}}
* 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.
* {{One Direction}}'s "This Kiss" video dresses the band up in various co-ordinated, FanService outfits. Sailors! Skiiers! Surfers! Prisoners! Naked! (?)
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[[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.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Rey Mysterio 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 RandySavage was known for his flamboyant clothes and hats.
* 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.
* The entrance attire of Japanese legend Keiji Mutoh's alter ego, The Great Muta, is this in spades.
* Even though TheUndertaker dresses mostly in black, his more elaborate outfits, especially those for Wrestling/WrestleMania, ''definitely'' qualify for this trope.
* [[{{Christian}} Christian Cage]] 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).
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[[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]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* {{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 ''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''.
* Most productions of ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' turn out like this (including the film), particularly during the "Masquerade" song.
* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}: TheMusical, [[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]].
* Disney/DisneyOnIce shows, especially when the DisneyPrincess characters are put through their paces.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Virtually every ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' character, at least going by their original designs.
** 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.
* Anything that's non-{{Stripperific}} designed by Satoshi Urushihara for ''{{Growlanser}}'' and ''{{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.
* 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.
* The DynastyWarriors series by Koei, 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.
* 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 {{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 ''{{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. It's a game about trying to make Barbie a great super model, so [[JustifiedTrope it's to be expected]].
* ''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.
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[[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.
* ''{{Shiniez}}'' regularly shows off some stunning pieces of fetish fashion, often dedicating entire pages to showing the full costume of a character.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In his review of ''{{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://shannahmcgill.tumblr.com/post/26847250233/when-to-describe-clothinggoes in detail]] about when to use it in a written medium.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* As seen in the page picture, DisneyPrincess costumes can be very elaborate.
** Note that usually the Costume Porn is on the merchandise instead of the movies, since [[DetailHoggingCover the more elaborate and detailed the costume, the harder it is to animate]].
* The {{Franchise/Barbie}} films are full of this. Good Lord are they ever.
* The ''{{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.
* 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 ocations, and get newer ones every season.
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[[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.
* 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.
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