The inaccuracy of medieval costuming in television

It did not go well.

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Isabelle Adjani is absolutely stunning in this film, but the lack of chemises are worrisome from a practical standpoint. The men's fashions are fairly accurate apart from the exceptionally skinny trousers — The Great Gatsby Wears Prada, if you will. Considering the already highly stylized nature of the series this is probably a good thing. Ironically, modern audiences generally find early Victorian fashion bizarre and unflattering compared to the much breezier styles of the Regency period. Hair was usually contained in elaborate headdresses which were surprisingly missing and I think they should have added more of , and if exposed was usually plaited or bound up. To be fair, Genevieve Bujold has hair to die for in this film. Rose and Esther also wear their hair down, when girls of their age would surely have worn it up.

Also, tons of people needed jobs, especially women and young men, so domestic service or farm labor were common employment. As the Danes are the aggressors in Vikings and The Last Kingdom, the biggest bias these series risk being accused of is the relatively uncommon prejudice of anti-Scandinavianism.

I thought the costumes fit nicely with the tone and point of this film and are an interesting look into the way the modern media or pop culture views the middle ages.

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Similarly, despite the accurate period costumes, the women in Meet Me in St. This trend continued into the s, with the characters wearing hairstyles and clothing appropriate for the early MTV era rather than the early s.

Floating Ruff Hey, people who design costumes for movies, a ruff is not a necklace. Bram Stoker's Dracula is a weird case.

The inaccuracy of medieval costuming in television

Their gowns obviously have much more of a modern influence, as do their hairstyles. The costumes in the film are not the most accurate. Braveheart , mostly for the Scots. Another Doris Day film, On Moonlight Bay , falls into this as well: it's set in the s, but everything about the costuming suggests s, particularly Marjorie's bangs. Averted with Mad Men : the costume designer Janie Bryant worked very hard to get the clothes of the era just right for every character's taste, social class, sensibilities, age, and occupation — along with fitting them to recurring themes in an episode. And there is a conspicuous amount of cleavage shown. But shows such as Game of Thrones or Troy: Fall of a City present pictures of divided civilisations that resonate in multiple territories. Also, the kilt we all know and love has, at best, been documented to the very late 16th century in the remote Scottish Highlands, plus it was outlawed from to Nabilla: People weren't wearing powdered wigs and huge silly skirts in ! In this movie, however, they usually always matched in color the gowns worn with them. According to the director's commentary they were perfectly aware of the historical circumstances but chose to go for Rule of Cool , while at the same time trying hard to distance themselves from other well-known and stereotypical depictions of Egypt. The entire film is an Anachronism Stew running on Rule of Funny. Ms Wiz poofs herself and two other girls into and dresses them in clothes from the wrong era. Specifically, they wear the belted plaid, a piece of clothing that would not develop until several centuries later, and in a manner which is entirely ahistorical — one historian described it as the equivalent of Cromwell's Roundheads wearing modern business suits with the jackets back-to-front. It includes singing, plots, a character resembling Robin Hood, wooing, bewitching, and plenty of tongue twisters.

The film versions depict Nick in the high style of the s, a good hundred years after his supposed death; blame that on the first book as well, where Nick claimed that he'd been dead for "nearly four hundred years". Chime in with your faves too! And of course you have to hold onto a bedpost to lace up a corset tight enough, right, Scarlett?

On Charmedthere are occasionally scenes and episodes where the sisters travel to colonial Salem, or where people from that period come to the present.

But, when the warring factions are the Seven Kingdoms in Game of Thrones, the Trojans and Achaeans in Troy, or the Saxons and Danes in The Last Kingdom, political and military chicanery can be depicted with far greater freedom.

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