Films with Corsets

Films with Corsets

 This is a selection of films for visual reference on corsets. Take the references with a grain of salt in terms of accuracy. They display, to a sometimes lesser or greater degree, at least general guidelines for the era. Listed are title, year, costume designer, and any interesting facts.


Dangerous Beauty, 1998, Gabriella Pescucci, with Catherine McCormack

Elizabeth I, 2005, TV miniseries, Mike O’Neill, with Helen Mirren

Elizabeth R, 1971 TV miniseries, Elizabeth Waller, with Glenda Jackson

Elizabeth, 1998, Alexandra Byrne, with Cate Blanchet

Much Ado About Nothing, 1993, Phyllis Dalton, with Emma Thompson

Romeo and Juliet, 1968, Danilo Donati (who later took over Tirelli Costumi in Rome,) with Olivia Hussey

Shakespeare in Love, 1998, Sandy Powell, with Gwyneth Paltrow





Amadeus, 1984, Fabrizio Caracciolo, with Elizabeth Berridge

Aristocrats, 1999, unknown designer, with Geraldine Somerville

Dangerous Liaisons, 1988, James Acheson, with Glenn Close

The Duchess, 2008, Michael O’Connor, with Keira Knightley

The Last of the Mohecans, 1992, Elsa Zamparelli, with Madeleine Stowe (wears pair of Jumps)

Marie Antoinette, 2006, Véroniqued Melery,with Kirsten Dunst

Orlando, 1992,   Sandy Powell and Dien van Straalen, with Tilda Swinton

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 2003, Penny Rose, Keira Knightley

Quills, 2000, Jacqueline West, with Kate Winslet

Valmont, Paule Mangenot, Theodor Pistek, Carine Sarafati, with Annette Bening and Fairuza Balk


19th-century (early):

Pride and Prejudice, 1995, Dinah Collin, with Jennifer Ehle, Susannah Harker, and Julia Sawalha

Pride & Prejudice, 2005, Jacqueline Durran, with Keira Knightly, Rosamund Pike, and Jena Malone

Sense and Sensibility, 1995, Jenny Beavan and John Bright, with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet

Young Victoria, 2009, Sandy Powell, with Emily Blunt


19th-century (mid):

Anna and the King, 1999, Jenny Beavan, with Jodie Foster

Jane Eyre, 2011, Michael O’Connor , with Mia Wasikowska

Gangs of New York, 2002, Sandy Powell, with Cameron Diaz

Gone with the Wind, 1939, Walter Plunkett, with Vivien Leigh

The Governess, 1998, Caroline Harris, with Minnie Driver

Like Water for Chocolate (Como Agua para Chocolate,) 1992, Carlos Brown, with Lumi Cavazos

Little Women, 1994, Jim Erickson, with Trini Alvarado

The Piano, 1993, Janet Patterson, with Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin

Tipping the Velvet, 2002, Susannah Buxton, with Rachael Stirling and Keeley Hawes


19th-century (late):

The Golden Bowl, 2000, John Bright, with Uma Thurman

Howard’s End, 1992, Jenny Beavan and John Bright, with Nicola Duffett

Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944, (Irene) Sharaff, with Judy Garland

Moulin Rouge, 2001, Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie, with Nicole Kidman

Swan in Love, 1984, Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle, with Odette de Crecy

Titanic, 1997, Deborah L. Scott, with Kate Winslet


20th-century (early):

Coco Before Chanel (Coco avan Chanel,) 2009, Catherine Leterrier, with Audrey Tatou and Marie Gillain

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, 2009, Chattoune and Fab, with Anna Mouglalis

Downton Abbey (season 1,) 2010, Susannah Buxton, with Laura Carmichael

A Very Long Engagement (Un long dimanche de fiançailles,) 2004, Madeline Fontaine, with Audrey Tatou, Marion Cotillard, and Jodie Foster

About costumecarol

A professional pattern-maker and costumer, Carol Wood has been researching, recreating, and wearing historical garments for decades. Her work has been honored with awards, shown in galleries, worn to period events, appeared on stage, and escorted down the wedding aisle. Carol works as assistant cutter at SF Opera’s Costume Shop, head draper for Rebecca Bruce Designs, and runs her own custom costume business. She has published articles on the history of clothing as well as sewing period garments. A native of the SF East Bay, she lived much of her life in Europe where she studied first-hand and began collecting historical garments.
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