8 Fashion Mistakes in Our Favorite Movies and TV Shows That Probably Still Haunt Their Creators

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The costume design and appearance of characters play vital roles in achieving historical authenticity and aesthetic appeal in movies and series. However, there are occasions when even the most visually striking productions lack accuracy in their costumes, makeup, accessories, or other details.

1. In the movie Death on the Nile, Gal Gadot’s character wears a necklace with a yellow «Tiffany Diamond.»

This remarkable gem, one of the largest and most expensive diamonds globally, was discovered in 1877. However, it wasn’t until 1957 that it was finally mounted into a necklace. This detail is notable given that the film is set in 1937.

2. The corset scene in Bridgerton Season 1 deviates from historical accuracy.

Dresses of that era typically did not require corsets for shaping, since they were not designed to be tight-fitting. However, Bridgerton took creative liberties for the sake of storytelling and visual aesthetics.

3. In Gladiator, there’s a brief moment where Russell Crowe’s leather kilt reveals a sight of Lycra shorts, a detail that wouldn’t have existed in that historical period.

4. In Bandidas, the main characters are frequently seen in the frame with smooth-shaven armpits.

The movie is set in the late 19th century. However, the trend of removing hair from this area only emerged in the 1920s when sleeveless blouses and dresses became popular. Even if these two ladies were pioneers in depilation, it would have been challenging to carry out the procedure in camping conditions.

5. Emma’s curls were made with a modern curling iron.

Marese Langan, the makeup and hair designer for Emma, delved into the distinct hairstyles of the 19th century, characterized by simplicity and romance. Langan aimed to create a historically faithful look with a modern twist by accentuating the delicate curls framing the face. Using small Marcel tongs heated in a miniature oven, she meticulously crafted tightly wound spirals that tapered towards the ends, achieving a structured and defined appearance.

6. The pink dress in Singin’ in the Rain.

The movie, taking place in the 1920s, stars Debbie Reynolds as Kathy Seldon. However, in one scene, she wears a lovely pink dress that’s historically inaccurate for the 1920s period.

7. The female underwear in Season 2 of Bridgerton was not appropriate for its time.

While some clothing shapes are accurate, they carry a more contemporary appearance. Additionally, during the Regency era, the typical undergarments included a loose linen shift or chemise, layered with a corset or stays, followed by a petticoat and the gown. Stockings, held up by garters, completed the ensemble.

8. In Spencer, Kristen Stewart’s character wears Chanel sunglasses.

Princess Diana never wore Chanel because the intertwined C’s reminded her of Charles and Camilla.

At the same time, as we have seen, mistakes in movies may not only be the fault of costume designers and other individuals responsible for the appearance of characters.


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