Who doesn’t love a riding habit? Inspired by menswear and military uniforms, these smart outfits aren’t just for sitting on horses. They’re high fashion and look great on-screen. Here are five fabulous riding habits in historical costume movies and TV series.
1. Georgiana’s “Fox Campaign” Riding Habit in The Duchess (2008)
In a film filled with fabulous outfits, the Duchess of Devonshire’s Fox campaign uniform easily stole the show. Designed by Michael O’Connor, it was described as a:
“… Dark blue silk chenille costume … based on portraits and political cartoons of Georgiana done in the late 18th century. It has a military style jacket with leather trim with gold braid and brass buttons; it is lined in rust silk. The costume and hat are trimmed with fox fur as Georgiana is on the campaign for the election of Fox. The colours of the Whig party were blue and orange.”
I know you’re all wondering why I included this under riding habits since its mostly a military inspired political statement in clothing form, but it’s clearly derived from the portrait of Lady W by Joshua Reynolds, just in blue instead of red. What riding habit is that, you ask? Well, read on…
2. Lady Worsley’s Red Riding Habit in The Scandalous Lady W (2015)
Designed by James Keast, this is a fairly faithful attempt at a repro of Romney’s portrait of Seymour Dorothy Flemming, aka Lady Worsley. The portrait now hangs in the Cinnamon Room at Harewood House.
3. Victoria’s Black Riding Habit in The Young Victoria (2009)
I promise I will get around to reviewing the costumes in this eventually, but I had to point out this particular outfit because it was what gave me the burning desire to make a Victoria riding habit of my own. Designed by Sandy Powell.
4. Viola’s Green Riding Habit in Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Once again, this one was designed by Sandy Powell. You’d think I had a fixation on her or something.
5. Jeanne de Valois’ Buff-Colored Riding Habit in The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
I promise I didn’t just include this photo because there’s a picture of Adrien Brody in it. Milena Canonero designed the costumes.
Do you have a favorite riding habit we haven’t mentioned here? Share it in the comments!