Period Drama Fashion: The costumes we love the most
Period drama is a genre that we all love. We love the class, adore the style and definitely want the romance. Looking at the styling and fashion of period dramas, we can find inspiration for our own. Here are some of the best period drama fashion in the last decade.
Downton Abbey, one of the most popular period series this century has showcased some of the best fashion of the early 1900s and 1920s. The accuracy and detail of the costumes earned the drama an Emmy in 2011. In addition to its success, the Downton Abbey movie was released in 2019. Viewers got to witness this absolute stunner of a dress from Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and another film is due to be released at the end of this year.
Bridgerton Netflix period drama series released at the end of last year, and was one of the most-streamed series of the year. Popular for its raunchy scenes and truly exquisite fashion, this series changed people’s perception of regency drama. One of the first looks viewers clapped their eyes on was Daphne’s debutante look. In addition to this, the dress is a real stunner. The simple, gold detailing along with the puff sleeves are classic of the regency period. Who wouldn’t call her ‘flawless’?
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby costume design is a dream. Carey Mulligan, who played Daisy, wears some truly amazing outfits. This party dress is a fan favourite. Worn to one of Gatsby’s many parties that took place in the film. This extravagant jewelled dress was styled with a classic flapper headdress – perfect for a period drama piece.
Moving forward to the 1980s, the fourth season of The Crown focused on the budding relationship of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Kudos to the costume department, who clearly studied the many outfits Diana wore before and during her marriage to the Prince as the similarities are almost too much. This period drama highlights the downfall of the relationship through fashion. This particular piece is almost an exact copy of Diana’s real outfit. Similarly, both Emma Corrin and Diana looked absolutely gorgeous.
The most iconic outfit in the film, Keira Knightly stunned in this green slip dress when starring in the 2007 drama ‘Atonement’. In addition, this dress was made from scratch. Therefore, the costume designer, Jacqueline Durran earned an Oscar nomination for her amazing work. Above all, this dress will always be remembered.
Another adaptation of one of Austen’s classics, the 2020 film was praised for its style and sophistication, as well as comedy. Almost every outfit is accurate to the time period, kudos to the customer designer Alexandra Byrne above all. For instance, Emma wears this utterly magnificent dress at the ball scene. In addition, the flower detailing on the sheer gown really makes the look.
War and Peace
You can’t talk about the BBC series without mentioning the ballroom scene. One of the most stylish period dramas, there are so many different iconic outfits. Although some aren’t historically accurate, no one can deny the beauty of the fashion in this series. Above all, the ball scene is the most memorable. All women are wearing white, but Natasha steals the scene. In addition, Andrei wearing his all-white uniform fits perfectly with his dancing partner.
We finish this look at period drama fashion with Birmingham’s most prolific and stylish gang, the Peaky Blinders. Known as one of the best T.V shows in the last decade, this period drama made baker boy caps popular again. In addition to this, inspired by 20th-century mugshots, this 1920s style with the gang’s penny collar shirts is iconic.
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