Lilly Absinthe & Movie Costumes, Part III

In today’s post, we wrap up our review of the 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising Museum in Downtown Los Angeles. First, because we just can’t let it go, we’ll show one more dress from Crimson Peak :-):


The above dress is worn by Edith in the picnic scene. This outfit is a mashup of various styles, combining a skirt from the mid-1890s with a pigeon-breast waist from the early 1900s. The hat reads early 1900s and while the belt style was correct for most of the period from c. 1890 through 1905, the buckle is somewhat larger than what was historically worn. No doubt the director was attempting to make a point with the oversized-hands buckle.

Below are some scenes from the picnic:

 Picnic Dress1

Picnic Dress2

As with Edith’s other dresses, this reads light and airy, a contrast to Lucille Sharp’s dresses. Finally, before moving on, here are some shoes that were produced for the movie for the Edith character to wear:


On the left are the original shoes and on the right are the reproduction. Needless to say, we see the gold theme carried on even with the shoes which are concealed from view most of the time that they’re worn in the movie- talk about attention to detail! 🙂

Now, for a different type of horror, there is The Revenant:

While we are no expert on the Fur Trapper/Mountain Man Era in American History, we do can appreciate the effort that went into making these costume authentic and “lived in” to even include blood. These are brutal clothes for a brutal period, to be sure, and are definitely not the usual “Mountain Main” costumes of beads and roadkill that one normally associates with movies set in that era.

And for even more contrast, we switch from “man versus nature (and man sometimes)” to “women versus men” in the struggle for women’s right to vote with Suffragette:

The movie, from all accounts, is pretty gritty with the focus was on everyday women who took up the struggle and their clothing reflects that. This is not meant to be pretty or elegant:




Close-Up Of The Medal





What is striking about the costumes from this movie that were on display is the use of a muted color palette. While this is not a surprise, it does provide a contrast to what we usually associate with costuming from a period piece. This movie is definitely on our list of must-sees. 🙂

Thank you all for enduring three days worth of blog posts on movie costumes with a heavy dose of Crimson Peak. It looks like we’ll be acquiring some nee DVDs to watch while we sew. 🙂

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