Today we take a look back at The Brothers Grimm (2005), Terry Gilliam’s film based extremely loosely on the lives of German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm who were responsible for chronicling the myths and legends of Western Europe in the early 19th century. In Gilliam’s version of the story, the brothers, Will (played by Matt Damon) and Jake (played by Heath Ledger) are basically itinerant con-artists, going from small town to small town in French-occupied Germany and preying upon the superstitious townsfolk in order to make a living. Will and Jake are swept into the investigation of missing young girls in and around the tiny village of Marbaden after falling afoul of the French General Delatombe, who gives them an ultimatum: Figure out who (or what) is taking the girls or be put to death for their crimes.
The film is two-parts very obvious fantasy and one-part very decent Napoleonic-era costume flick, with costumes designed by occasional Gilliam-collaborator, Gabriella Pescucci (Penny Dreadful, Cousin Bette, The Borgias, and Dangerous Beauty, among many others).
The Historical Costumes in The Brothers Grimm (2005)
The Fantasy Costumes in The Brothers Grimm (2005)
First and foremost, we will deal with the two costumes worn by Monica Bellucci as The Mirror Queen, since they’re probably the most recognizable outfits from the film. Remember how I mentioned that Pescucci costumed Dangerous Beauty? Well, the similarity between The Mirror Queen’s red dress and the “courtesan” gowns from Dangerous Beauty cannot be missed:
Did you see The Brothers Grimm? What did you think of the costumes? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!