HomeArticlesAre Period Drama Costumes Historically Accurate? Costume Review, Pt 2 Are Period Drama Costumes Historically Accurate? Costume Review, Pt 2 By Harry Baker October 12, 2019 Articles, Blog 100 Comments Related posts: Working In The Theatre: Costumes 4D/4Dx movie theater review at Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok Google Translate Songs with Miley Cyrus Shopping Cart Drama! Tags:and, costume, fashion, fashion history, like, Marie-Antoinette, movie costume, period drama, pride and prejudice, review, sherlock holmes, the Related Posts Paris Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia GAME MASTER 24 HOUR HIDE And SEEK Challenge! In Abandoned Movie Theater DRAMA 101, INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE, MODULE 3 – Scenic Designer About Author admin 100 Comments Ava McClatchey June 26, 2019 🎶"my ovaries, are killing me"🎶I relate so hard😂💖 Reply Sun :3 June 26, 2019 Please, everyday, all day, verbal communication is just not there for me. Reply alexishasmysocks June 26, 2019 My opinions about pride and prejudice are the exact fucking same! Reply Bethany Suire June 28, 2019 “Con-farting.” Love they way you speak! 🥰😂 Reply Kaly th. June 28, 2019 I want to see you review The Favourite (2018). Do you think the not-trying-to-be-historical choices work there? I think they were trying to be a bit subtle but also kinda prominent in their own way. Reply Chaney Bowers July 2, 2019 LOVE your take on 2005 pride and prejudice, I feel the same way! What I really had the most problem with were the hairstyles, but I still love both versions. The hair was just what was the most off putting to me about the accuracy. Still gonna watch about a hundred more times Reply Young_ Zombling_ July 2, 2019 You should review Bomb Girls, Alice in Wonderland (2010), Doctor Who episode with Marie Antoinette in it (think its called The Fireplace or something) Reply Rylee Moss July 2, 2019 You should do the historical dramas that are also zombie movies. Like pride prejudice and zombies, or stuff like that Reply Woody Jang July 8, 2019 wokenasa indeed Reply Crystal Ion July 10, 2019 Mr Darcy: 'I love you, I love you, I love you' Elizabeth: YesMe: deceased Reply Bipolartorecovery July 11, 2019 Could you dress as frida calo for halloween? You could be an amaaaaaazing lookalike Reply Pearl CT July 12, 2019 The BBC 'Pride and Prejudice' is so utterly amazing and is so close to my heart. Not only is the characterisation of Jane Austin's characters impeccable, but the whole story is so true to Austin's novel, line for line in many parts. I have watched it every year with my mum and sister since I was 7 and look forward to it every year! Reply Ingrid Flemmen July 17, 2019 Ooh boy, I wake up sometimes and neither mother-tongue nor english is there😅😅 Reply ratrobber15 July 18, 2019 Call the Midwife! Reply raluca caluda July 18, 2019 Can you please do a video about turbans. How do you do your up do? I really love it and would like to do it also this fall. Thank you Reply lucas McGuirk July 18, 2019 Love this analysis, I was wondering if you could do one on the BBC show gentleman man jack. It's such an iconic period drama and I high key need to know whether it's accurate 😂😂😊 Reply Leanne Nuttall July 22, 2019 Love your videos! I quite agree that mistakes in hair and costume ruin a movie for me! Reply Amy Tomaszewski July 25, 2019 Please review the accuracy of outlander ♡ Reply DragonRebelRose July 27, 2019 Finally I'm not the only person who loves both Pride and Prejudice versions. The 1995 version is great for the cast, costumes, and accuracy to the book. The 2005 version is great for more emphasis on the relationships between Darcy and Elizabeth and even Jane and Bingley. Both are wonderful and I always have a hard time choosing which to watch. Reply ReluctantTraveller August 1, 2019 I appreciate that English is not your first language but to describe any actress as "ugly" is really quite inappropriate. Reply B. Gauthier August 1, 2019 I do not know why Susannah Harker would be considered "ugly" by today's standards. To me, she looks like a madonna and I thought her perfect for Mr. Bingley's "angel". But maybe I was born in the wrong century. Reply Hannah Parsons August 2, 2019 you look like an x-mas tree Reply Ricki-Sue King August 2, 2019 What do you think about the historical accuracy of Downton Abbey? Reply J Valencia August 5, 2019 I think the idea of 2005 version of P&P is that Elizabeth is down to earth and well grounded. This is a family that isn't materialistic, and that emphasizes the mother's obsession with finding rich husbands for her daughters. Reply Christal Horton August 6, 2019 2005 P&P will always have a special place in my heart like it’s just my fav but oof those inaccuracies Reply Anna Smith August 7, 2019 I'm rewatching this and just noticed your spiel on Guy Ritchie. I love his movies!!! Seriously, the Man from Uncle is in my top 10. I think his movies do a great job with costuming because he uses it to make the story dynamic and expressive of the individual characters. I even loved the Aladdin costumes. *It might be cool to hear a video explaining the differences between costumes for artistic expression vs historical recreations, and finding the balance between the art and accuracy in media* I also think Joe Wright does a great job using costumes to enhance the themes even if it isn't exactly historically accurate (especially with Anna Karenina). Reply Lucian Fitzmaurice August 7, 2019 Ok what about Pride & Prejudice (dir. Robert Z. Leonard, 1940)? They had 1830S COSTUMES!!! What the hell? Also I'm pretty sure at one point Lizzy had victory rolls in the film Reply OLAV WILHELM August 10, 2019 you don't understand Fashion nor do you understand Movies!! You blog your always half finished bad copied gowns that are usually totally inaccurate and then like to jump around in some garden… it gets old!! have you ever red a book about Rose Bertin or the Modes et usages aux temps du Marie Antoinette?? there is Plenty of Pastels which of course would not be shown in a state Portrait cause that would be inappropriate ( but i guess you don't know that) and as for jane austen… Try one of her Books too!! She'd much more agree to the BBC version than Kira Knightley i am sure Reply Zim Vader0017 August 15, 2019 I know you were talking about films, but I recently got into "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" series from 1984, and it's beautiful. Reply Heidi Richards August 16, 2019 You know about the Mormon pride and prejudice. I thought only Mormons knew about that 🤣 Reply polly pipilotti August 16, 2019 I love ur channel so much ty for making vids Reply Leviathan Lamothe August 16, 2019 Im not even that interested in historical fashion. I just really like the way you are. Reply GoGreen1977 August 17, 2019 The 2005 of P&P film is supposedly taking place when Jane Austen wrote the first version of P&P, which was written in the 1790s. The costumes were intended to show the transition from the the older clothing styles to the Empire, higher waisted, slimmer skirt styles. This was especially demonstrated with the dresses the older wore vs.the younger women, such as Lizzie, Jane, and certainly Caroline Bingley. Reply A gay Bacon slice August 18, 2019 I wanted to buy some fresh spicy memes. Reply Kat August 18, 2019 Even tho it's not accurate I still have a deep love for 2005 pride and prejudice it felt more romantic by modern standards especially that scene in the rain got me in my feelings Reply Emma Jenkins August 18, 2019 I know it's been months, but she needs to review Gentleman Jack! 1830's randomness in all its glory! Reply arbys witch August 18, 2019 hi i know i'm coming to this late, but Irene Adler habitually cross-dresses and THAT'S why she was in trousers and waistcoats Reply Phinemartha August 18, 2019 Hope you don't mind that I will casually name some Polish characters after your name or last name when writing period dramas, because meme mom deserves that Reply Lenka August 18, 2019 "sometimes you just wake up and the English is just not there" lmao, I relate so hard. Reply 김태형 August 19, 2019 Theres this one.I think it's like tod sweeney or something… it would be cool if you had that in a video. Also an anime called black butler. Reply Margarita M. August 19, 2019 8:15 I also like how Lydia, her mother’s favourite, wears the same outdated style of dress) Reply alliewithbooks August 19, 2019 I would love to see you do one of the Little Women adaptations, perhaps the 1994 adaptation 🙂 especially if you can compare it to the one coming out later this year. I know it’s set in America and typically American fashion is slightly different than the European fashion I’ve seen you review mostly, so if it can’t be done that’s alright. Reply Vera August 19, 2019 Please review Outlander 🙂 Reply Sandi Chase August 19, 2019 What do you think of the costumes in my favorite Austen movie, Sense & Sensibility, with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet? Reply Shining Cat August 20, 2019 Irene Adler is wearing pants bc the character regularly disguises herself in drag Reply Sequin Society August 20, 2019 I am a costumer at a theatre and yes historically inaccurate costumes bother me UNLESS it is done intentionally and has a clear view point in the art direction. Like the show harlots. All the costumes and make up are from all over the 18th century and some historically inaccurate but it’s to make everything seem a little off, a little grosser and more fake to show how people act in that time Reply Felipe Berlim August 21, 2019 Could you make a video about producers in the far future mixing clothes from various decades of the 20th century? It would show how terrible historical innacuracy can be, and how awful it is for a serious researcher like you. Reply Christina Dunigan August 21, 2019 I couldn't even watch the newer P&P because of the visual clutter. It was like touring Mad Ludwig's castle in Bavaria — there wasn't a place on that screen for the eye to rest. Reply Fionna McCormick August 21, 2019 To me the weird side of the face curls make a lot of sense when you see them out and about wearing bonnets Reply Benjamin Acuna August 21, 2019 Oh you should do Cheri with Michelle Pfeiffer it’s supposed to be the belle epoch in France Reply GirlWithoutPearlearring InLoveWithMusic August 21, 2019 I think Blanche Greenley (the Character) is wearing these curls in an adaptation of Jane Eyre. Her (Jane's) aunt as well. But I don't remember which one it is… Reply i am not a weeb August 22, 2019 I think with the 2005 version, they took artistic license. There is something relatable about the lower class, because of how bad the economy was in 2005. So Keira looking like that was more stylistic than meant to be accurate. A lot of the cinematography was meant to convey this too. I don't get too hung up on it. It's clearly far more fantasy than realism. Reply Lizzie Gray August 22, 2019 I'm actually friends with one of the costumers from Sherlock and he made most of the men's wear and he's an absolute stickler for historical accuracy but they had another entire department for the women's clothes. He's said that generally often the costume designer is ignored as they want people to move etc. So often there is conflict between the costume designer and the dance choreographer as the choreography isn't accurate. And sometimes the directors no f all about history and push their ideas on the designers. He also did ever after and says himself how bad the whole film was in regards to accuracy Reply Aurora Sartorialis August 22, 2019 Neon pink probably isn’t the best choice, but weren’t synthetic dyes the new hot thing, in the late 19th century? I know for wedding dresses in America there was a trend at the time to wear the boldest, brightest colors you could, because it was your first gown as a married woman, where you could get away with that level of boldness. So the sentiment (if not the color, itself) seems accurate. Much better than the tendency to automatically put everyone in drab. Reply Jaina Solo August 22, 2019 BBC forever! Reply ctfangirl August 22, 2019 Coppola was very open that she wasn’t looking for total accuracy which is why the music etc as well. Reply AMY1213141 August 22, 2019 Kinda unrelated but I think the 2005 one is set in the period when Jane Austen originally wrote the first draft(1799?) and that’s why the costumes(the ones that aren’t supposed to be old and out of fashion anyway) don’t look quite as regency-like as the 1995 one Reply cory k August 22, 2019 I would love to know your take on the movie 'Dangerous Liasons', and also 'Tess'…the 1970s/Roman Polanski version. Reply Elise Curran August 23, 2019 Karolina, I assume you're Polish, but your English is wonderful and very idiomatic! (btw, my father's father was Polish, family name Kownacki) Just discovered your channel, so I'll be binging soon! I have made costumes for my opera company and other groups, and really enjoy your videos so far! Reply fredweasley16 August 23, 2019 Re: Sherlock The trousers are a character thing, as in the books Irene Adler is quite fond of the liberties that often came with appearing and acting like a young male in this time period. Can't blame her Reply Cernunnos Wild August 23, 2019 I'm in America and the English isn't here either… Reply ancala August 23, 2019 Why do they always have the rich women be tan and skinny when rich people would’ve had an abundance of food and be a bit fat. I want to see more rich thique women in my 18th century period dramas Reply Lauren Donald August 23, 2019 this is so interesting ! I love learning abt period pieces and costuming accuracy, are you a costume designer? Reply Leah Warrington August 23, 2019 That intro is deserving of being a meme Reply Clem August 23, 2019 I know im late to the party but please talk about Downton Abbey!! Reply Xx Selena xX August 24, 2019 Her accent is perfect when she says cliches Reply Xx Selena xX August 24, 2019 Also i Love your style Reply I Sejanus August 24, 2019 Loved this video. It made me imagine what James Joyce would have said if he had a You tube fashon channel and was a woman from central Europe. Less Dubliners more Ulusses less Finnegan's Wake Joyce Reply Andrew Phillips August 25, 2019 You heard it here first, folks. Rachel McAdams has a really nice bot. Reply P S August 25, 2019 Thumbs up for your murderous ovaries. I feel you on that, my dude. Reply dawn August 26, 2019 wait i can't be the only one who loves the look of regency curls even from a modern perspective 😐 Reply Klimek Granville August 26, 2019 Any one knows the music in the background? Reply Maddie B August 27, 2019 I know this video is over a year old so you might not even read this but Pride & Prejudice 2005 is set in the late 18th century (1797) , when Jane Austen finished her first draft of P&P, whereas most adaptations (including Pride & Prejudice 1995) are set in the early 19th century (1813), when it was revised and finalized. I have no idea how accurate P&P 2005 is in terms of costumes bc I don't know much about 18th century fashion, but if that changes your opinion at all, I just wanted to inform you! Reply Jean Claude Peeters August 28, 2019 "Wokenasa?" Hilarious. That was a Robert De Niro moment. "Did you f*** shoot the guy? " "Wokenasa?"… 👌 Reply Adrian D August 29, 2019 You have a great personality and subtle sense of humor, hahah. I just discovered your channel and I'm really getting into the study of period clothing, of which your critiques are wonderfully informative. I really appreciate your own personal comments and perspectives on the different adaptations of the historical figures in different films. Anyway, yes the English isn't coming to me today either lol. Love your channel! Cheers ;D Reply Melanie V August 29, 2019 “wakanasa” lol Reply Florencia Balori August 30, 2019 Your English is amazing, I'm not a native speaker and until you said it I would have never told you are not a native speaker! I just thought you had a US accent I just hadn't heard before LOL Reply David MacDowell Blue August 31, 2019 Have you seen GENTLEMAN JACK? Reply Paula Lucena August 31, 2019 omg yes some days you wake up and the English is REALLY not there Reply Denny D August 31, 2019 I would've enjoyed the video more had it contained video scenes from the movies in question. Some of them I've watched a long time ago and having a few photos was not enough to me.Still, I appreciate the work that you've done. Reply Georgia Irving September 1, 2019 in fairness, in the book Irene Adler cross-dresses which is how she deceives sherlock and beats him which is kind of cool so obviously if ACD could think of it, the idea wasnt completely wild and unheard of Reply Simple Bitch September 1, 2019 There's a Canadian series called When Calls the Heart, it's set in the Edwardian era and I must say the costumes are great. Also, the actress that plays the protagonist fits very well the Edwardian standart of beauty, she looks very good in Edwardian clothes. Also, they show the differences of the low class fashion and the high class fashion and it's just so great I love it Reply Maika September 1, 2019 I admire your knowledge, and I would binge watch, if you just stuck to the point. Nobody cares about your period, that and some other irrelevant points (for example your English) are the extra information we did not need. Reply Duncan McKeown September 1, 2019 Maybe because I have a history degree and spend a lot of time in art galleries, I hate historically inaccurate costumes. I agree with you on Barry Lindon for 18th century costume…I also think that the 1980s movie "Danton" is very good for the early 1790s, as is the French film "The Lady and the Duke" (2001) Reply Goobfilm cast September 1, 2019 well… I hope this isn't weird…but it is…. I love her (you)….. I too am a stickler for historical accuracy in just this vein….like, did the right dyes exist to create that / those colors?….and on and on……. Reply Lily Lovely September 2, 2019 YES someone else who loved that Sherlock Holmes!!! the casting was A+++ Reply Vonda Cook September 3, 2019 The one thing that makes the two pride & prejudice versions different is that usually they are dated in 1816 (when pride and prejudice was published) but the 2005 version is placed in 1795 (when Jane Austen started writing the story). So the fashion changing between different people makes since to me. Since it was at that time the regency era style started trickling in and becoming more and more fashionable. Reply p1rgit September 3, 2019 no, it's too painful to remember this godawful 2005 version. would love to listen about other things but this disaster… da eff they made bennets poor there? their problem was exactly opposite – living in style and not economizing and not saving money, living rich life. def not running after pigs or wearing old clothes. sorry. 🙂 and that was just only one of many eff ups. Reply Tracy Johnson September 4, 2019 Totally get what you mean about p &p. The production totally fluffed the last episode. I guess it was because it was episodic and they tried to fit in too much in the last one & it definitely ruined the fantastic job they'd done up to that point. The film was amazingly well done by comparison. It fit everything important in, I missed nothing and they even squeezed in the scene where Mr. Bennett finds out what's been going on and gives his permission. Something I REALLY missed from the 95 version. Reply fatalrob0t September 5, 2019 I believe the reason that she wears pants in sherlock Holmes is because she was disguised as a man. Reply Mark Hall September 5, 2019 Half the fun of period costumes is undressing someone. Reply NekoChanSenpai September 7, 2019 Me trying to remember which adaptation is the one I watch, and I realize I'm thinking of an entirely different Jane Austin story Reply Janice McMillian September 9, 2019 If you think the 1990s version of pride and prejudice is good check out the BBC 1980s version of pride and prejudice. The girl that plays the lead character is my idea of what Liza would be like. I’m not for sure if the costumes are accurate but the way she portrays this character seems spot on. At any rate I like both versions of those BBC‘s pride and prejudice. And about once a year I will watch both versions. I’ve never seen the Keira Knightley version but i’m going to try and watch it. Reply Danielle M Hall September 10, 2019 Yay! There's not enough love for Sherlock Holmes and Man from Uncle!! Reply Todd Plunkett September 10, 2019 It is not a truth universally acknowledged that the “weird Regency-style curls” make a lady look like a dog. I think they are gorgeous. My wife recreated this look for a costume party and she received a lot of compliments on how pretty it looked. Reply JGW 54 September 12, 2019 I think Miss Bingley in the 2005 film just wore her chemise one evening and forgot her gown.A thing that I haven't seen mentioned is that none of these proper English ladies would wear those low cut Regency gowns for day wear without a fichu scarf tucked into the bodice for modesty. Evening wear was different. And fashionable French women might be more daring even during the day. I think the confusion comes from portraits where everyone wears their evening finest with the low cut bodices. Reply Draka Winkle September 19, 2019 Don't worry about your English. I'm an English speaker and I have blah I can't remember what I was trying to say. Lol Reply tirsden September 23, 2019 I think the final proposal renewal in BBC's Pride & Prejudice fits the characters much better than the Keira Knightly version. The subdued, quiet dialogue the BBC characters perform is much more fitting for two people acting with propriety; plus, they've had their pride bruised and needed to grow the better parts of their character to heal that wound. Maybe in their hearts they wanted to do a romantic dash across a field at dawn after not sleeping all night, but that's something more like what Lydia would do. Reply Trey Stephens October 8, 2019 Interview with the Vampire (1994) Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) Lost Highway (1997) Reply muurrarium October 10, 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef3TSkQxBIM just saying…. Reply Add a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment:*Name:* Email Address:* Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.