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

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* Frock coats in bottle green, plum, royal blue and pearl grey for the gentlemen.
* [[DancesAndBalls Ball scenes]] in which the ladies all wear different colored satin dresses.
* Ladies' long, over-the-elbow gloves (often called "OperaGloves") of kidskin, silk or satin. Note that the over-the-elbow white gloves that Deborah Kerr is wearing in the photo from "The King and I" on this page are inaccurate for the time period, the 1860's; women wore wrist-length gloves with formal dress at this time. Long gloves for evening wear, which had last been popular during the Regency period, didn't become common again until the late 1870's when they were popularized by, among others, the actress SarahBernhardt. This incorrect use of long gloves appears in some other films made between the 1930's and 1950's, usually in scenes where the actresses are wearing off-the-shoulder or short-sleeved gowns, so it's most likely the filmmakers were following the RuleOfGlamorous in those instance, seeing that long gloves generally look dressier and more formal than short gloves.
* Gentlemen's hats: Uncle Sam toppers, John Bull toppers, stovepipes, bicorns or tricorns, depending on the period.
* Ladies' hats with a whole bird's worth of feathers per hat.
** Ladies' hats with delicate veils (usually of net or lace) to cover the face, fully or partially, also fit this trope, especially in movies or shows set in the 1940's or 1950's.
* Crinolines (from approximately the 1820's through the 1860's) or Bustles (from the 1870's to the 1890's). Related: hoop skirts (from the 1820's through the early 1870's).
* Corsets
* So-called "full-fashioned" ladies' stockings (stockings with seams up the back of the leg and "Cuban" or "French"-style reinforced heels); these were standard items of women's dress from the 1920's through the late 1950's, when seamless stockings were introduced.
* Peasants in picturesque Alpine or {{Ruritania}}n national dress, with lederhosen or knee breeches and embroidered waistcoats for the men, and dirndls and kerchiefs for the women.
* Elizabethan stuff (ruffs, jeweled doublets, slashed sleeves and knickerbockers).
* Guards in uniforms that would make the Pope's Swiss Guards laugh.
* Bright green tights on RobinHood and his Merry Men. (You may have heard 'Lincoln Green' used to describe the colour the outlaws wore; in fact someone along the line misread this definition from 'Lincoln ''Graine'', which is a type of very expensive and luxurious scarlet cloth. Will 'Scarlett', anyone? The entire Robin Hood story is really a heartwarming tale about the rise of the merchant classes!)
* Knights with colourful banners, surcoats and caparisons.
* Pretty much any PimpedOutDress
* Royalty wearing their RequisiteRoyalRegalia and their [[ErmineCapeEffect glamorous clothes as everyday wear]].
* [[MilesGloriosus Dashing military types]] in full-on BlingOfWar.

Films featuring GorgeousPeriodDress seldom show the dirt and grime of everyday life in the old days, which meant odd situations in which impoverished serfs and peasants would be decked out in crisply laundered clothing. Of course, fantasies like ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' and comedies like ''{{Blackadder}}'' or ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' had been subverting the trope for some time, but it wasn't really until ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' came along that the antiseptic look fell completely out of favor and most, if not all, movies began dousing the laity with [[TheDungAges a generous layer of filth]].

It should be noted that [[OlderThanTheyThink this actually had its roots in theater]], which seldom had reason to have plain or dirty clothes. Also keep in mind that this trope is not necessarily deceptive: there have always been those who delight in [[TheDandy fancy clothing]], and modern Western society is far from the first to promote daily bathing or liberal use of soap. The Romans bathed more than we do.

A SubTrope of HollywoodCostuming.

Compare with ErmineCapeEffect, CostumePorn, ImpracticallyFancyOutfit (and its {{Sub Trope}}s), SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty.

Contrast with TheDungAges, where shows portray the past as uniformly filthy and bedraggled even when it's historically inaccurate. See also AwesomeAnachronisticApparel, where this trope is used in the present day.

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

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' featured various persons of nobility dressed this way, some dressed as such at all times, no matter how ridiculous it made them seem. To be fair, most main characters only wore special outfits for special occasions, particularly the main character, who wore a [[WholesomeCrossdresser very special outfit as a disguise]], but only to parties, since all the pilots dressed pretty much the same in their suits.
* Most ''{{shoujo}}'' JidaiGeki anime and manga indulge in this for pretty obvious reasons.
* Frequently shows up in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' despite not being a period piece.
** In this case it's gorgeous Napoleonic dress and uniforms.
*** Or in Lelouch's case, extremely ridiculous-looking outfits.
**** Especially the purple Victorian style dress he wore in one of the picture dramas.
* [[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Beatrice's]] main outfit of a [[http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff130/Tomoyo_Walker/XT2YNF39g5f1Qol76bv4DjPSjZbYCw5y.jpg black and red dress is one of these]].
* The anime ''Manga/BlackButler'' definitely has this, considering it takes place in VictorianLondon. Pretty much ALL the wealthy characters have beautiful outfits, but Ciel in particular wears clothing that appears to not only be very fashionable during that time, but is probably made of the best fabrics available in order to show off his aristocratic status.
** This troper happens to fancy the [[{{Crossdresser}} dress]] Ciel had to wear to Viscount Druitt's ball that came complete with frills, lace, ribbons, bows, gloves, and a very ornate hat that probably had half a garden's worth of pink roses on it.
*** Don't forget the [[OfCorsetsSexy corset]] he was shoved into... complete with the infamous DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything scene.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' contrasts the GorgeousPeriodDress of the Midland nobility with the [[TheDungAges down-and-dirty existence of practically everyone else]].
* ''Manga/{{Otoyomegatari}}'' is this trope taken UpToEleven and beyond.
* There's lots of these in ''PandoraHearts''.
* Featured heavily in ''Anime/CinderellaMonogatari'', based mostly on late 1600s fashions.
* ''VictorianRomanceEmma''.
* ''KunisakiIzumoNoJijou'' features lots of elaborate period dresses whenever the main characters are acting on stage in kabuki plays.
* Austria, Hungary and Liechtenstein have been shown wearing them in ''AxisPowersHetalia.''

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* Often invoked by ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' when stories are set in other eras. Death in particular dresses in some particularly extravagant period outfits.
** It seems that he has the habit of dressing like the high nobility of any period, except that he keeps preferring blacks and purples to more fashionable colours. [[FridgeBrilliance In the modern times he looks like a rock star]].
* A rare male example is the CostumePorn sequence in ''{{Asterix}} and Obelix's Birthday'' where village seamstress Geriatrix's wife makes Obelix model her 'fashion collection'. This is really just an excuse to dress him in elaborately-drawn, historically-accurate costumes and hair/beard styles from rebellious warrior cultures from all through the, er, future history of France - Frankish shaved back and sides and ponytail, Norman bob and tunic, Crusader, Renaissance, musketeer, French revolutionary, Napoleonic Wars, 19th Century British-style fashion, 1940s, and a 1990s hip-hop fashion look. It goes on for two whole pages. Notable as it's the first time we ever see him without his moustache.

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* Japanese film ''Film/GateOfHell'' is a prototypical Technicolor example from TheFifties. Lots of ornate 12th-century costumes. Won an Oscar for costume design.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Since the movies revolve around pirates, there isn't much of this flavor, but if you pay attention, the movies include a surprisingly great amount of PimpedOutDress. Elizabeth is guilty of this in the first two movies, before she TookALevelInBadass. And while we're on the subject, Norrington's uniform got pimped when he got promoted to admiral between the second and third movies.
** A bit more of this in the fourth film, which includes some scenes of British and Spanish court officials and dress-uniformed officers.
* The 1939 film version of ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Baum's Munchkins only ever wore [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience blue]], but you wouldn't know it from watching the movie!
** The ruby slippers were silver in the book. Both changes were evidently made to show off the (at the time, ''extremely'' impressive) Technicolor.
* ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', also released in 1939, is in some places a validation, in others an aversion of this trope; Scarlett dresses sumptuously in many scenes (the famous green dress she made from lace curtains, or the equally famous scarlet gown) but very much in a down-at-the-heels manner in the postwar scenes where she's struggling to save Tara.
* ''Lots'' in the 1998 movie ''Film/EverAfter''.
* The 1935 film ''Becky Sharp'', an adaptation of Thackeray's ''VanityFair'' and the first ever full-colour film, popularised this trope.
* However, it can be dated back even further to 1920s silent films that use the rather odd-looking two-colour red and green Technicolor. One such film is ''Phantom of the Opera'', which uses colourful costuming in a big ballroom scene.
** Subverted in TheMovie of TheMusical which had all the costume ball dancers in black and white, rendering lyrics like "Splash of puce/Flash of red" completely moot. Actually, going by the "colorful" criteria, only the Diva wears anything wildly colorful and it's mostly pink anyway.
* Many of the early [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney films]], such as the ball in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.
** And now sort of done with the {{Disney Princess}}es themselves, on some of their [[PimpedOutDress fancier-themed merchandise]].
* American cinema of the 1950s, fearful of losing customers to television, turned to spectacle to bring audiences back. The 50s and the 60s were the peak period for widescreen epic films with eye-searing Technicolor, and naturally, amazing dresses featured prominently: ''Ben Hur'', ''The Ten Commandments'', ''Desiree'', ''The Robe'', ''The Greatest Story Ever Told'', and many more.
* The early-1950's French movie ''L'Silence Est De Or'' (''Man About Town''), starring MauriceChevalier, featured late-Victorian-era GorgeousPeriodDress designed by no less a luminary than Christian Dior himself (his New Look, in fact, was in no small part derived from the sumptuous elegance of late Victorian and Edwardian fashion).
** ''Gigi'', also starring Chevalier and Leslie Caron, is positively stuffed with Edwardian GorgeousPeriodDress.
* The 1943 version of ''TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchhausen'', which manages to sidestep most of the iffy politics of Germany at the time.
* Many HammerHorror films.
** ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' and ''The Man Who Could Cheat Death'', starring legendary HammerHorror redheaded beauty HazelCourt, are excellent examples.
* Bizarrely combined with TheDungAges in ''Flesh+Blood''.
* Can't forget ''Film/{{Gladiator}}''; Lucilla and Commodus's clothes (not to mention where they live) seem a bit too nice for TheDungAges.
** If anything, Commodus's clothing was too understated and rough. He should have looked like an overblown Louis [=XIV=].
*** The Romans didn't live in TheDungAges. Almost every character in ''Gladiator'' was underdressed and far too filthy to be realistic - even the slaves should have been spotlessly clean and neatly dressed.
*** Neither extreme is remotely realistic. Yes, the nobility had very good hygiene and fancy clothes in the period, but the common folk and the slaves were much less well off. When you work all day in the hot sun, you're going to look like it, and bathing every day was just too expensive for most outside the population centers where free public baths were open for all except slaves.
* Sofia Coppola used this trope in 2006 for ''MarieAntoinette''.
* Countless {{Bollywood}} period movies fall into this. This is particularly true if said movies feature Ms. Aishwaya Rai. [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm767989248/tt0449994 Every.]] [[http://www.planetbollywood.com/Pictures/Posters/UmraoJaan/UmraoJaan11P.jpg Single.]] [[http://www.parigones.net/IMG/jpg/cinema_devdas_p1.jpg Time.]]
** ''Devdas'' and ''Jodhaa Akbar'', especially. GUH.
* Pretty much every MerchantIvory film ever made.
* One of the most famous Creator/WilliamShakespeare film adaptations, ''HenryV'', directed by KennethBranagh, was famous for taking the story and laying on the mud and gore real thick on the period costuming to show medieval war in all its filthiness.
** LaurenceOlivier's version of ''HenryV'' is a straight-up example of this trope, though; it was the first color Shakespeare film, intended as a morale-booster during World War II, and the look is heavily modeled on fifteenth-century manuscripts.
** Branagh's ''{{Hamlet}}'', however, had everyone dressed in extremely elaborate and colourful 19th century military uniforms or billowy ballgowns. Most of it was a way to keep the audience's attention for the ([[BlackAdder endless, uncut!]]) 4 hour movie, but it also set up a sharp contrast with Hamlet, who spent most of the movie in a black outfit.
* The first-class passengers' clothes in ''{{Titanic}}'', contrasted with the third-class's filthier clothes and segregated areas on board the titular ship.
* ''SnowWhiteAndTheThreeStooges''
* Many a JidaiGeki film displays the Japanese equivalent (though there are usually some, especially townspeople, wearing everyday clothes as well).
* The 1939 Warner Brothers film ''The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex'' revelled in the opportunity to show the splendid court dress of [[TheVirginQueen Elizabeth I.]] (Bette Davis) in Technicolor.
* ''MoulinRouge'' tries its very best to make your eyes bleed with colour...especially during the Can Can scene in the beginning of the film.
* The film version of Creator/VirginiaWoolf's ''Literature/OrlandoABiography'', starring TildaSwinton in very pretty clothes.
* ''Film/CurseOfTheGoldenFlower'' is this trope in spades. The colors practically strobe they're so brilliant and every character is burdened by layer upon layer of exquisite brocade.
* ''PlunkettAndMacleane'' for the most part averts this showing a more realistic and gritty costume approach especially with lower classes. However it plays it straight during one scene during a huge ballroom [[DancesAndBalls dance]] among the ''very'' rich, fitting the trope nicely. It's pretty much a costume designers wet dream.
* The 2005 version of ''PrideAndPrejudice'' starring Keira Knightley is (sometimes) a subversion of this trope. In the big ballroom scene, GorgeousPeriodDress rules, but otherwise, the lead characters all dress relatively simply, if appropriately for reasonably well-to-do people (the Bennets) or wealthy (Darcy).
* All film (as well as TV) versions of ''AnnaKarenina'' make use of this trope.
* The 2005 film version of ''Literature/ArseneLupin'' with Kristin Scott-Thomas, seeing that it's about a gentleman thief who moves in Belle Epoque high society, uses this trope extensively.
* The Creator/MartinScorsese version of ''TheAgeOfInnocence'', starring MichellePfeiffer and WinonaRyder. In fact, virtually '''any''' movie or show based on a novel by Creator/HenryJames or EdithWharton (cf. ''ThePortraitOfALady'', ''The Europeans'', ''The House of Mirth'', ''The Buccaneers'', ''Literature/DaisyMiller'', etc.) is guaranteed to make ample use of this trope, seeing that both authors were writing about the upper classes of the late Victorian era.
* The 1997 animated film ''Disney/{{Anastasia}}'' makes ample use of this trope.
* ''Theatre/MyFairLady''.
* ''Film/{{Elizabeth}}'' and the sequel ''ElizabethTheGoldenAge''.
* ''Film/{{Amadeus}}''.
* ''TheDuellists''.
* The characters in 1963's ''Film/{{The Raven|1963}}'' wear somewhat lavish garments that all seem to be from different periods and regions.
* All over the place in the Renaissance setting of ''Film/LaReineMargot''.
* In ''Film/LaBelleEtLaBete'', while the story takes place in the early 19th century - complete with empire line gowns and enormous bonnets - the Beast's castle is essentially in a time bubble, meaning Belle gets to wear a lot of beautiful dresses from bygone eras, complete with tightly laced bodices and voluminous skirts.
* Love it or hate it, ''Film/TheWolfman2010'' had awesome costumes.

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* In ''Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine'' of ''TheRoyalDiaries'' series we learn that it is the Aquitaine way to dress in bright colors with plenty of jewels. At one point in the book Petra, Eleanor's sister, wears a gown of emerald while the main character wears one of blue and each of them wear white silk shoes beaded with pearls to contrast.
** ''Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven'' must dress in a style from the old classical period. She wears the colors of earliest spring, shades of wisteria, and the outermost kimono is lavender, lined with blue.

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* The color seasons of ''Series/TheWildWildWest''.
* The HBO series ''Series/{{Rome}}'' also combines this with TheDungAges. The patrician dinner party will be wall-to-wall jeweled dresses and lavishly decorated togas, but if you're a member of the lower classes, prepare for burlap tunics and a generous layer of filth.
** This was historically accurate, if the filth of the poor was a bit over-exaggerated. The Romans believed in daily bathing and clean clothes. Slaves weren't expected to have expensive clothes but house slaves were expected to keep themselves clean, if only so that they wouldn't stink up the house. The average modern would be more comfortable in Caesar's Rome than in Regency England.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' is very clean for 1895 Toronto. While many of the characters are middle- or upper-class, they still really shouldn't be that pristine.
* Often seen in British historical dramas, such ''The Pallaisers'', UpstairsDownstairs, and ''Bleak House.'' The latter two series use the GorgeousPeriodDress of the upper-class viewpoint characters as contrast to the dress of the servants and lower-class viewpoint characters.
** The miniseries ''Elizabeth R'' is one of the most spectacular examples. According to the DVD commentary, virtually the entire budget went on the queen's dresses (which explains why the sets are just one step above canvas backdrops).
** The various BBC miniseries of Jane Austen novels, e.g., "Pride and Prejudice", "Emma", and "Mansfield Park".
*** Which presents an interesting contrast with most recent U.S. movies adapting Austen (excepting the Creator/GwynethPaltrow {{Literature/Emma}}), which often slightly subvert this trope in the interest of realism (see above entry on 2005's PrideAndPrejudice.)
* Series/BabylonFive's Centauri are GorgeousPeriodDress InSPACE!
* ''MadMen'' engages in this at the most recent time when it might be applicable: the early [[TheSixties Sixties]] (really an extension of TheFifties). All manner of high-fashion dresses (usually traditionalist, at times frighteningly avant-garde) for the women and impeccable tuxedos for the men appear at high-class functions, and sharp suits for both sexes at work combine with that era's hairstyles (if your hair doesn't have chemicals in it, you're living in the past!) for a picture of '60s New York that makes it clear exactly what 40-50 years can do to a country. Alas, [[EverybodySmokes all of it reeks of cigarette smoke]] (which, admittedly, is TruthInTelevision).
** See also the 2003 (or thereabouts) French TV miniseries of ''Literature/DangerousLiaisons'' starring Catherine Deneuve and LeeleeSobieski, updating the story to the late 1950's/early 1960's. Deneuve in particular is wearing haute couture which is that period's very definition of GorgeousPeriodDress.
* Period pieces in ''Series/DoctorWho'' tend to fall under this as it's what TheBBC does best. Some notable examples:
** Barbara's Aztec goddess clothes in "The Aztecs" - gold jewellery, flowing robes and an orange feathered headdress.
** Vicki's gown in "The Crusades".
** "The Massacre" puts MrFanservice Steven in absolutely stunning velvet doublet-and-hose, with even a cape. Peter Purves wished it had become his character's IconicOutfit rather than the rather tacky striped polo neck he'd worn in "The Celestial Toymaker" - unfortunately for him, even the telesnaps of that particular MissingEpisode have been lost and only a few promo pics of him in it remain.
** The Doctor [[ChangedMyJumper swapping his usual early-Victorian clothes for late Victorian clothes]] in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" to magnificent effect - an Inverness cape with a brightly-coloured green paisley lining, a dark red velvet blazer with orange polka dots, a black velvet waistcoat with orange flowers, a butterfly collar shirt, black ankle boots with grey spats and grey silk gloves - and no scarf, for the first and only time. A huge amount of thought went into the outfit as it was originally intended to become his permanent outfit, but the regime change that occurred after that season led to the Doctor returning to his usual clothes.
** An unusual example can be seen in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl in the Fireplace"- gorgeous period dresses on gorgeous [[SteamPunk period]] robots.
* The 2003 Italian TV miniseries ''Soraya'', starring Anna Valle and based on the ill-fated romance and marriage of Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari and the Shah of Iran, positively drips this trope. Valle and the other leading actresses are dressed in stunning 1950's haute-couture dresses and gowns by Dior and other leading couturiers of the era.
* The 1998 HBO TV-movie ''Cafe Society'' uses this trope extensively to show the actresses in opulent evening dresses appropriate to the time period (the early 1950's) throughout about two-thirds of the film.
* ''TheVampireDiaries'' - in the flashbacks to the Civil War era.
* Given that most Korean historical dramas take place near or around the royal court, this is hardly missed.
** Japanese and Chinese historical dramas are similarly full of nice ''kimono'' or ''hanfu'', in the local equivalent of the BBC Costumer Cycle - TV companies make pretty clothes for historical dramas, but they cost a lot so they have to be reused for more historical dramas, which need ''more'' pretty clothes, which ''also'' cost a lot...
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'' devotes a lot of attention to Phryne's gorgeous RoaringTwenties outfits (although she doesn't spurn dressing dingy if she needs to go undercover).

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* [[http://seemytongue.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/army-of-earl-of-richmond/ This]] is a good example of GorgeousPeriodDress on the nineteenth-century stage, describing what some of the ''extras'' were wearing in a production of ''Theatre/RichardIII''.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Corteo}}'' is about the performers of a turn-of-the-20th-century European circus, so it invokes this trope.
* Pick a Kabuki number, any one of them.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness''. The character Saint Germain has Gorgeous Period Dress that's used specifically to make him seem even more bizarre and out-of-place. Not only is it an anachronistic example of it--being of an 1800s gentleman style in a game set in the late 1400s--but no-one else in the game uses it fully. Only one other character has an even borderline case, and hers is far more muted and "realistic". Other characters tend towards relatively mudane attire or ImpossiblyCoolClothes.
** This is because, natch, St Germain is a [[spoiler: {{Time Travel}}er.]]
* In GuildWars, Gorgeous Period Dress is the visual hallmark of the Mesmer class, as opposed to {{Stripperific}} Elementalists, heavily armored warriors, rangers in sensible leather, and so on and so forth.
* {{Primal}}: Jen loses her vambrace and must attend a masked ball in a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/primal2_1007_16_-_Jen_on_her_way_to_the_Ball.jpg Gorgeous Period Dress]] and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/primal2_1007_15_-_Jen_SHALL_go_to_the_Ball!.jpg hair]]. She then [[TheVamp vamp]]s the key out of [[AristocratsAreEvil Count Raum]].

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* Upon entering the [[WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle Diamond Castle]], Liana and Alexa's peasant dresses are instantly transformed into Gorgeous Princess Dresses.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' series, taking place during the 1880s, features these with the more wealthy female characters.

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[[folder: Web Comic ]]

* ''LackadaisyCats'' features most of it's female characters in gorgeous [[TheRoaringTwenties 1920's]] flapper dresses.
* During the [[DancesAndBalls ballroom scene]] in Volume 4 of ''MayonakaDensha'' both Hatsune and Jessica Queen are wearing 1880's ballgowns.
* ''ThePhoenixRequiem'' likes this trope. Especially the main character Anya, who always wear these. Justified because of the GaslampFantasy setting.
* In ''QuestionableContent'', there's a local theme bar that provides GorgeousPeriodDress to customers on request. Imagine the possibilities.... ([[{{Squick}} just not the ones Hanners is]]).
* Muneca Powell of the ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'' dresses exclusively in period Victorian dress. She stands out as the comic takes place TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. [[spoiler:She dresses like this to hide her extensive burn scars.]]
* Jones of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' wears several of these throughout [[spoiler:the {{Flashback}} pages of]] "The Stone", until [[spoiler:thousands of years ago when the only thing anyone wore was loincloths]].
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