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Pimped Out Dress / Live-Action Films
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With the mink skirt, and all the Jewelry sewn into the dress, this set a world record for cost.

  • The dresses in 27 Dresses.
  • The "Young and Healthy" number in 42nd Street featured lots of outfits trimmed with white fox, with the main object of the singer wearing a wrap and and skirt.
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert had oh, so many of these, mostly of the showgirl sort. Appropriate for a movie about flamboyant drag queens; with a focus on Costume Porn. Words cannot do justice to how pimped out the dresses were; or the sheer amount of gold and silver lame, feathers, sequins, and various unusual bits used to create them (one dress was made entirely out of brightly coloured beach sandals/flip-flops). The film won Academy, BAFTA, and Australian Film Institute awards for costume design.
  • A few dresses in All About Eve, including a dress made for the lead in the play within the movie.
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  • Most of the stage outfits in Black Swan.
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula has several, particularly worn by Mina. Her blue dress had lots of darker blue embroidery on the sleeves and bodice, and a skirt with loads of fabric bunched up different ways at the front and back. Her red dress was even more bunched up in the back, with lots and lots of frills, ruffles, and pleated hem. Her green day dress had leaf-like trimming on the cuffs and collar, and the back of the skirt was folded repeatedly to give an appearance of alternating green and white diamonds. Lucy also got a few, like her white dress with the puff sleeves and loads of lace, and her funeral dress with the massive neck ruff.
  • Brawne's dresses in Bright Star.
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf has several, given the aristocracy in the film.
  • The Cell starts out with the heroine in a white dress with lots of white feathers.
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  • Coming to America has some, including the poofy, pink Fairytale Wedding Dress at the end.
  • Use in an interesting way in the film Diane. Diane de Poitier's dresses are opulent, but Catherine de Medeci's dresses are more so. Until one day, to show her favor with the king, Diane shows up in a dress just as grand. Even the ermine trim on the skirt is identical to one on the dress Catherine is wearing at the same time.
  • The outfits in the 1984 Dune film are pretty elaborate. Much of the ladies' dresses were based on renaissance gowns, hoop skirts, trimmings, collars and all.
  • The empress in Dungeons & Dragons has a number of elaborate outfits.
  • Miranda Frost's ice-themed dress in Die Another Day, with lots of fringe on it looking like little icicles. Then just throw on the white fur wrap to complete the look.
  • Queen Elizabeth in Elizabeth: The Golden Age is adorned by an astonishing sequence of unbelievable confections. Some were in what the producers cheerfully admitted were wholly historically improbable colours, just to look cool.
  • Enchanted:
    • Giselle's would-be wedding dress has Giant Poofy Sleeves, lots of lace petticoats, a frilled underskirt, ribbons, and butterfly decorations.
    • Nancy's actual wedding dress to Edward is also pimped out, with smaller poofy sleeves, bows, and ruffles.
  • The famous Edith Head created the beautiful dresses worn by Marlene Dietrich in A Foreign Affair: sparkles, long, form-fitting, and visually stunning ensembles.
  • Ginger Rogers got to wear many Pimped Out Dresses in her various films. Some of the most notable:
    • In The Gay Divorcee (1934), a ruffled dress with a sparkly top and frothy skirt for "Night and Day."
    • The famous ostrich-feather dress in Top Hat (1935).
    • A beaded dress with a fur collar in Follow the Fleet (1936).
    • In Lady In The Dark (1944), she wears a dress with a mink skirt and loads of jewels on the top and lining the skirt. She had to wear an altered version for a dance sequence in a later scene (the skirt was just lined with red fabric), so it wasn't too heavy to dance in.
  • Jerri wears a few in The Girl Can't Help It. There is a white one with a white fox stole and white fox trim at the hem, and a red dress with gold sparkles.
  • In the finale of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Natalie Sands wears a designer made outfit that's loaded with sequins and other trimmings. She even tells the staff of the show she's competing on that it's a designer original.
  • Gone with the Wind has several, most worn by Scarlett. Her first dress is a frilly white one with green ribbons. Another dress is a white one with black trimming and an ermine muff. One is all red, including the loads of feathers, that Rhett makes her wear to a party. Vivian Leigh even got a special dress made just for the Atlanta premiere, that was black velvet, had a white ermine neckline, and puff sleeves made of ermine tails. Then of course there is the green Curtain Clothing dress.
  • Anna wears a spectacular pink silk ball gown for the dance in The King and I.
  • Labyrinth: Sarah's super puffy dress, with the Giant Poofy Sleeves in the "masquerade ball" Dream Ballet scene.
  • The Love Parade: Queen Louise wears several in very Roaring Twenties style. The beaded wedding dress is especially striking.
  • Mae West wore many fancy dresses in her film, with varying amounts of lace, frills, sequins, and fur, with fur often edging the hem of the skirts, which few actresses could pull off as gracefully as she could.
  • In the film The Mad Miss Manton, the rich debutante women are never seen without beautiful clothes. Evening gowns, day and night.
  • Both the 1930s and 2000s versions of Marie Antoinette. The dresses have various amounts of ribbons, frills, feathers, fur, and jewelry.
  • Averted amongst the Dutch women in Michiel de Ruyter, even though the Netherlands were very wealthy in the Seventeenth century. It was then, and still is to a degree, frowned upon to display ostentatious wealth in the traditionally Calvinist country. The only one who plays this straight is Wendela de Witt.
  • Mirror, Mirror has a number of dresses, including two symbolic dresses worn by Snow White and the Queen.
  • In Mom and Dad Save the World, Marge is forced to wear a couple as part of her Go-Go Enslavement. One is a pink and gold dress with flared sleeves and black pearls. The other is a white and black wedding dress with lots of white buttons all over it, and a large flared collar that is below the shoulders.
  • In Monte Carlo, Countess Helene wears an evening dress that is Pimped Out with sparkles, ruffles, and Fluffy Fashion Feathers. It comes with a matching Pimped-Out Cape.
  • Several dresses in Moulin Rouge!, including a dress that is basically a a pink bustier with a Showgirl Skirt of pink feathers.
  • Eliza wears a couple in My Fair Lady. The first is the white lace one at the races, that has black and white ribbons, a huge Nice Hat, and a Parasol of Prettiness. The second is the white gauzy one at the embassy ball, that is loaded with jewels.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean, Elizabeth gets two of these. One in the first two movies until she becomes a stowaway, then again, to some extent, when she is on Sao Feng's ship.
  • Buttercup gets herself a stunning white, lace number towards the end of The Princess Bride. (The book seems more intent on making fun of this trope.)
  • Ozma's dress at the end of Return to Oz, which was based on the outfits John R. Neill drew for her in the original books. It has lots of gauze, beads, flower-like trim at the bodice, and feather-like trim at the shoulders.
  • In Sleepy Hollow several of the residents of the eponymous town are pretty well off, which is reflected in their fine clothes, which includes fancy dresses. This is even used in a flashback to show a family had become Impoverished Patricians, as their daughters are gathering firewood wearing pink dresses trimmed with grey fur, that would have been worn to a winter ball in other situations.
  • Some worn by Carol Heiss in Snow White and the Three Stooges. One is a white skating dress loaded with sequins, has white fur trimming the top (in the style of high middle age dresses), topped by a dainty Cool Crown, and temporarily includes an white ermine muff with a bunch of tails in the front.
  • Claudia's rather spectacular dress that she wears at the ball in Snow White A Taleof Terror. She is annoyed when her husband doesn't say anything about it.
  • The skating dresses worn by Sonja Henie in her movies.
  • In the Star Wars prequels, Padme Amidala had a large collection. Each of them is based on a Real Life dress, incidentally. One of them resembles a Mongolian wedding dress. All of her costumes — and their real-life counterparts — are explored in great detail here. To elaborate on just how many and how costly her dresses actually were, at one point in Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan estimates with all seriousness, that if they were to sell all of Queen Amidala's wardrobe at the time, they very well might fetch enough local money to purchase the repairs they needed. The same amount of money as the grand prize of an annual, high-stakes podrace.
  • The winner of "Miss Merry Christmas" in Steel Magnolias wears a long, red dress with a white faux fur neckline and muff.
  • That Lady in Ermine had a few, particularly one with a lot of frills, gold trimming, and a crinoline skirt that had nothing underneath to show her legs.
  • The pink dress Sally Shine wears in the Tower of Terror.
  • Why Be Good? is from 1929, so there's short dresses, but with lots of fringe and ruffles. One can't forget the accessories either; there's those fabulous cloche hats and pearls, too.
  • The Haynes sisters were several in White Christmas.
    • It starts with their blue dresses for the "Sisters" number that have the tops covered in lace and the skirts are several layers of gauze.
    • For the "Mandy" numbers, Judy wears a white dress that has red gloves, the top decorated with sliver brocade, and a gauzy detachable Showgirl Skirt.
    • For the "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" number, Betty wears a long, black dress that has a flared hem and white glittery gloves.
    • And of course both wear their spectacular Happy Holidays Dresses at the end. The dresses are red satin with white fox fur trimming on the skirt and a white fox muff, with Betty also wearing red fur-trimmed gloves gloves and red ribbons in her hair, and Judy wearing a short red fur-trimmed cape and white fur hat.
  • The super puffy pink dress Glinda wears in The Wizard of Oz, with huge sleeves and a massive bells skirt made of loads of gauze.

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