If I’m not reading or visiting an old manor house, castle or cathedral, I can probably be found watching a period drama. The Tudors is my favourite TV series, I’ve watched it so many times, and some of my favourite films include Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Pride and Prejudice (2005), Little Women (1994) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003).
One of the things I love most about period dramas are the costumes, and there are certain dresses that, if I had any sewing skills whatsoever, I would love to make and wear. Today I thought I’d share them with you!
(The majority of these costumes aren’t actually historically accurate… but they’re so pretty!)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991); Costume Designer: John Bloomfield
I adore this film and I’ve always loved this dress that Lady Marian wears to church, mainly because I’m slightly obsessed with her ye olde snood. I want to waltz through a medieval cathedral in a chiffon hood, too.
Dangerous Liaisons (1988); Costume Designer: James Acheson
I watched this film for the very first time this year, and before my mum put it on I had no idea it was set in 18th century France. I would have watched it a lot sooner if I had. Since watching it I’ve been obsessed with this yellow dress – yellow’s my favourite colour, after all, so I love it when it pops up in big, vibrant period drama dresses – and I desperately want to wear it and visit Versailles in it.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007); Costume Designer: Alexandra Byrne
LOOK AT THOSE SLEEVES. There’s something so ethereal about this dress – I love that Elizabeth I is wearing it in a scene where Sir Walter Raleigh is telling her about his life on the sea – and to be honest I’ve been obsessed with it since I first saw this film.
Sleepy Hollow (1999); Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood
It’s been ages since I last watched Sleepy Hollow – I need to watch it again this Halloween – and from the moment Katrina Van Tassel stepped out of the carriage onto the snowy streets of New York in this dress, I’ve wanted it. She looks like a peppermint humbug, and that’s what I’ve always considered to be my truest form.
The Tudors (2007-2010); Costume Designer: Joan Bergin
There are so many pretty dresses in The Tudors, but one of my favourite things about the whole show is Sarah Bolger’s performance as a young Mary Tudor. Mary I is so often dismissed as Bloody Mary, but she’s treated so sympathetically in this show and I love it and I loved this green dress of hers. It’s very pretty, as so many of the dresses on the show are, but I also love it because it’s the dress Mary wears at a time in her life when she’s very happy.