We tend not to analyze men’s historical costumes as much here on Frock Flicks because we’re less interested / knowledgable about the topic and because so many frock flicks do a weak job in the area. But the 18th century sometimes yields a nice-looking costume for the gents, and I want to shine a light on a few today.
Lestat’s Blue Suit in Interview With the Vampire (1994) – Costumes by Sandy Powell
Compare with extant coats like this, in a similar cut with heavy embroidery. Embellished trim took the place of embroidery in the film, probably due to budget or time constraints, and it achieves the same effect.
Valmont’s Pink Suit in Dangerous Liaisons (1988) – Costumes by James Acheson
Compare with this extant suit. Even though all three pieces match (unlike the contrasting waistcoat of Valmont’s), the cut is similar.
John’s Flashback Suit in The Hunger (1983) – Costumes by Milena Canonero
I wonder if this might be recycled from Barry Lyndon (1975), which Canonero designed and won a Best Costume Oscar for, along with co-designer with Ulla-Britt Söderlund. But she reportedly flew to Rome at her own expense, from the film set in London, just to buy fabric for a handkerchief for one of Bowie’s costumes in The Hunger. So maybe this was a new creation? Either way, it compares well with extant garments such as this delicately embroidered coat.
Sir Percy’s Satin Suit in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) – Costumes by John Armstrong
Compare with this extant suit to see the clear inspiration, along with the deviations.
Wolfgang’s Brocade Suit in Amadeus (1984) – Costumes by Theodor Pistek
The textiles in this costume are amazingly like the period (look here for more pix on display) and the cut is historically accurate as well. Compare with this extant brocade suit:
What are your favorite frock flicks for 18th-c. menswear?