13 thoughts on “TBT: Ever After (1998)

  1. Sigh… I just LOVE this movie so much. For what was essentially a historical rom-com, the costuming was so well done (although that not-French, not-16th century thing always bothered me–and why were the men all wearing more Tudor-like styles???). I mean you can’t go wrong with Drew Barrymore, and Dougray Scott is adorably swoon-worthy, and Angelica Huston couldn’t be more fabulous. And of course I bought the Simplicity Ever After-inspired costume pattern, even though I already owned the Period Patterns Italian Women’s pattern. And you can have either when you pry the key to my pattern vault from my cold, dead hands.

      1. I used the Period Patterns one to make my madrigal-group costume for performing at Ren-faire in Maryland (or really, my mother used it, thanks Mom!). As I recall, it went together okay, but the directions were a bit strange. Anyway, I got a beautiful garnet/wine-colored velvet gown similar to the 2 gowns in the film inspired by the Albrecht Durer sketches. Pretty, but hot as #@*% in August and September in the Mid Atlantic.

  2. I wonder how much the difference in the quality, diversity and quantity of the references for Italian and French fashion influenced the decision to with Italian.

    And apparently one of these dresses was supposed to be original ball gown before they decided it wasn’t special enough and made the Breathe gown. Does anyone know which one is it?

    1. And apparently one of these dresses was supposed to be original ball gown before they decided it wasn’t special enough and made the Breathe gown. Does anyone know which one is it?

      My money’s on the blue gown Danielle wears in the library scene. Out of all of the dresses she wears, it’s the most “ball gown-y”. I’m super glad they upgraded her outfit, though… Danielle’s mother’s dress, while not my personal fave, is effing FABULOUS.

  3. Love the movie and Danielle’s clothes. Loved that ‘fairy godmother’ was Leonardo da Vinci. Even Jacqueline had her happy ending. What’s the site for the costumes?

  4. *sigh* I absolutely adore this movie! It gives me so many nostalgic feels, and it definitely has some amazing costumes. Is the gown that Danielle wears super briefly at the very end of thr movie a different gown from all the other ones she wore? It’s the one she wears when Da Vinci reveals his painting of her. Her hair in that scene was also my favorite hairstyle of hers.

  5. Oh man, this movie was my childhood (in more ways than one) and the best Cinderella movie out there (The Slipper and The Rose is a VERY close second)
    I’m planning on recreating the Red Velvet dress and the Breathe dress for the movie’s 20th anniversary.

  6. I adored this movie and loved the costumes, story, actors- all of it. I bought the Simplicity pattern and made a dress with a bright blue velvet. I loved wearing It to Renaissance faires, though as I got more into historical costuming I became shy about the zipper in the back. Oh well, I still love that dress and will hold onto it forever! “There was a bee” still gets used around our house.

  7. It’s like having an eccentric aunt – she’s weird and does random things, but you love her so much,maybe even because of this not in spite of it. I love this movie and watch it all the time. It plays fast and loose with a number of chronological facts, from when Cartier was off to explore the world, when Leonardo da Vinci was alive, and the Mona Lisa is painted on a panel of poplar wood, so no rolling her up in a tube!

  8. I’m rewatching this movie and thought I’d add that Rodmilla introduces Marguerite as being from the House of Ghent, which might mean her father was a Burgundian baron. Nice tie-in with her mom’s Burgundian-esque touches!

    And while I can make no excuse for the heavy Italian influences (other than they’re pretty!), I know that the movie was filmed in the Dordogne, and southwestern France is sometimes quite Mediterranean in style and culture. Probably not why they went so Italian but I like making excuses for this movie!

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