I thought this was going to be excellent Snark Week fodder, but to my surprise, The Slipper and the Rose (1979) is actually a pretty decent costume flick. It’s also a musical, which is not my usual cup of tea (that’s more Trystan’s thing than mine) but even though the plot was formulaic, the songs were pretty average (despite being written by the Sherman brothers), and the 4-minute title intro taxed the limits of my attention span, the costuming went beyond my expectations.
The Good Costumes in The Slipper and the Rose
The women’s dresses were surprisingly accurate, considering the unevenness of this period of cinema when it comes to costuming. Costumes were designed by Julie Harris, who had an impressive resume, but will forever be dear to me as the costumer of The Great Muppet Caper.
The women’s hair and headdresses were, with rare exceptions, lovely. Chief hairdresser Barbara Ritchie would probably be best known from her work on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
I quite liked the King’s banyan…
Ok, Richard Chamberlain is hot AF.
The Bad Costumes in The Slipper and the Rose
Some of the wigs were just WTF.
A significant number of the men’s costumes were made out of couch fabric. When contrasted with the women’s costumes, it really made them stand out.
There was a definite shortage of bobby pins…
The Ugly Costumes in The Slipper and the Rose
The historical mullets on Prince Edward and his sidekick, John.
But the guys weren’t the only ones with unfortunate hair…
All in all, the film had far more hits than misses. You can currently find it on YouTube if you’re so inclined to watch it. It’s a nice way to spend 2 hours with a little eye candy.
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