9 Times When Costume Designers Royally Messed Up in Famous Movies Without Anyone Noticing


They are not prone to making errors, even though there are hundreds of different experts working on the appearances of characters in the film. And in the end, audiences will catch these failures in makeup or costume choices that may not have happened during the setting of the film.

Gone with the Wind

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She could not have anticipated the clothing patterns for decades in advance, no matter how chic Scarlett O’Hara was. Her iconic slim-fitting red dress with feathers and rhinestones has little to do with the fashion of the Civil War. It was more influenced by the 1930s and 1940s trends.

Julius Caesar

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Most of the female characters wore elaborate bullet bras in the 1953 film. In ancient Rome, women were expected to wear strontium, a modern bra prototype, but these were not bullet bras.

Legends of the Fall

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Costume makers, seeking to create a romantic look, overlooked the historical reality. The character of Brad Pitt has lovely blonde hair and facial hair, but for the time span, these things were inappropriate. At this time, more and more men wanted to donate large mustaches and short hair.

King Arthur

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Set in the 5th century, the film depicts knights in heavy metal armor. But the armor was made of leather until the fourteenth century, and only mail armor was made of metal.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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The film is about events that occurred in the 1990s and the clothes look reasonably precise, but they are still not flawless. Dudley Dursley wears G-Unit shorts, a brand that 50 Cent founded in 2003.

Hello, Dolly!

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The movie is set at the end of the nineteenth century in New York when there was no such hairstyle, lip gloss, or eye shadow. But the movie nevertheless received 3 Oscars and became one of the most important films of the decade.

Queen Margot

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The characters wear beautiful dresses with open shoulders throughout the entire film. They look nice, but women never ignored reform in the sixteenth century (or chemise in French). They were insulated from the cold, absorbed sweat by these pieces of clothing, and were very easy to wash.

The way the main character’s hair was let down was another error made by costume designers. She had curly hair that she wore out, based on the few portraits we had of Margaret of Valois.

The Danish Girl

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The Danish Girl begins in 1926, but we see women in slim-fitting clothes that have little to do with 1920s fashion in the first half of the film.

Gerda has a hairstyle at the beginning of the film that was really quite obsolete for the setting that favored waved or bobbed hair.

A Dangerous Method

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Keira Knightley only appears in her corset in one scene, which is a contradiction to the original laws that came along with wearing this piece of clothing. Never will a woman wear a corset on her own.

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