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13 Historical Movie Costumes vs. What They Looked Like

There are several movies in Hollywood that have attempted to recreate the events of history. Other than the striking characters in these movies, the costumes are what sets these movies apart. Unfortunately, however, the expression of Hollywood’s historical fashion hasn’t always been the most accurate. So here’s a list of 13 movie costumes against their accurate historical counterparts:

1. Mulan’s costume was very bright. It was also inspired by a different era as the one the original story was set in.

historical movie costumes, Mulan’s costume was very bright. It was also inspired by a different era as the one the original story was set in.
Many unnecessary changes were made and there was also a hint of Hong-Kong aesthetics.

2. Although Mirror Mirror was based on a German fairy tale from the 1500s, the costumes were too extravagant.

Although Mirror Mirror was based on a German fairy tale from the 1500s, the costumes were too extravagant.
Historically, German outfits were more dark-schemed rather than pastel.

3. The costumes from Shakespeare in Love were nearly accurate but had a hint of modern fashion

historical movie costumes, The costumes from Shakespeare in Love were nearly accurate but had a hint of modern fashion
Shakespeare in Love’s costumes were slightly away from the Elizabethan appearances.

4. Alexander Hamilton’s costume in Hamilton was a mix of different centuries and cut relatively loose.

Alexander Hamilton’s costume in Hamilton was a mix of different centuries and cut relatively loose.
There’s a notable difference in the silhouette as well as the color scheme of the clothes.

5. Belle from Beauty and The Beast – draped in a gown that appeared much more modern with a minimal pannier.

historical movie costumes, Belle from Beauty and The Beast - draped in a gown that appeared much more modern with a minimal pannier.
The movie costume versus a 1775 French dress

6. In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth’s dress as she dances with Darcy doesn’t compare to the original.

Historical movie costumes, In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth’s dress as she dances with Darcy doesn’t compare to the original.
Unlike the plain dress Elizabeth wore, evening dresses in 1797 were mostly patterned and complex.

7. The costumes from The Personal History of David Copperfield were too bright.

When the costumes from The Personal History of David Copperfield were too bright, unlike Victorian outfits.
Unlike the original coat, the details on the blazer were wrong as the original didn’t have buttons.

8. When the dress from Emma as she danced with Mr. Knightley lacked the detail of the original dress.

 The dress from Emma as she danced with Mr. Knightley lacked the detail of the original dress.
The costume doesn’t have sleeves and has minimal lace details.

9. While Alex’s uniform from Dunkirk was mostly similar, there were subtle differences.

While Alex’s uniform from Dunkirk was mostly similar, there were subtle differences.
For the most part, the uniform was closely alike – except Alex’s lack of the tin hat.

10. Titanic’s movie costumes were largely accurate historically. However, Rose’s evening gown might have looked different in history.

Titanic’s movie costumes were largely accurate historically. However, Rose’s evening gown might have looked different in history. 
The original dress was more metallic and had short sleeves, unlike the sequinned dress in the movie.

11. When the dresses from Little Women (2019) didn’t have voluminous skirts. It also lacked the high waistlines like the ones from 1865 and were far too casual.

 When the dresses from Little Women (2019) didn’t have voluminous skirts. It also lacked the high waistlines like the ones from 1865 and were far too casual.
Most of the dresses during the period had high necklines and not square ones.

12. Contrasting the 19th century dresses in France, Cinderella’s ball gown had no drapes or loops on the back

 Contrasting the 19th century dresses in France, Cinderella’s ball gown had no drapes or loops on the back 
Cinderella’s dress was more modern without pleats, different from the original.

13. Finally, the costumes in Great Gatsby were surely glamorous but unreflective of 1920s fashion.

movie costumes, Finally, the costumes in Great Gatsby were surely glamorous but unreflective of 1920s fashion.
Daisy’s evening dress in Great Gatsby was identical but had lesser tulle.

Written by FandomWire Staff