Wonder Woman is a big superhero movie/comic book adaptation that’s coming in 2017, so why are we writing about it at Frock Flicks? Because it’s being set during World War I! The trailer just came out at San Diego Comic Con, so let’s take a look:
The costumes were designed by Lindy Hemming, who’s done a number of superhero and action movies (including Bond) … but who also designed The Man Who Cried (2000), World War I-set The Trench (1999), Topsy-Turvy (1999), and Sister My Sister (1994). So we’re in luck, because she clearly knows her history — although I am sure she’s having to balance that with the expectations for a superhero film. So far the only comments I’ve been able to find from her are about the Amazons’ battle armor, which is of course pure fantasy.
Let’s look at the historical costumes more specifically. I’m not sure exactly which year the film is set, but the US didn’t enter the war until 1917 (and WWI ended in 1918), so I assume it’s in that window.
Compare that suit to these 1917-18 suits:
Compare all the background ladies’ evening dresses with these period images, where you’ll see the same layered net and opaque fabrics and wide sashes:
Look at the lapels on these suits for comparison:
Compare the blouse collar and hat to:
If you’re like me, you’re wondering where you know the actress playing Etta Candy from. Well, that’s Lucy Davis from the British
Office Space The Office and … Maria Lucas from Pride and Prejudice (1995).
Will you be seeing Wonder Woman when it comes to theaters?