We all know that movies are a carefully crafted art form, from the script to the special effects. However, sometimes even the most meticulously planned films can have some hilarious costume mistakes that somehow passed the editing room. It can be historical inaccuracies or wardrobe malfunctions, either way these blunders can’t escape the eyes of attentive fans.
While these mistakes may seem minor in the grand scheme of things, they can take us out of the story and have us giggling for the rest of the movie. But at the end of the day, it’s not all about pointing out mistakes – let’s also appreciate the effort that goes into creating these costumes, and the artistry that makes them come to life on the big screen.
So prepare to have your eyes opened to some of the funniest and most cringe-worthy costume fails in cinematic history. We guarantee whether you’re a movie buff or just looking for a good laugh, you’ll never look at these films the same way again.
Source: © Cleopatra / 20th Century Studios
Elizabeth Taylor’s character changed dresses like she was in a fashion show, with a total of 65 dresses made for the movie. Sadly, they looked more like something out of a 1965 costume party than ancient Egypt. Despite this, the movie still won an Oscar for Best Costume Design. We guess historical accuracy wasn’t in fashion that year!
#2 Catch Me If You Can
Source: © Catch Me If You Can / DreamWorks Pictures
The movie did a pretty good job recreating the 1960s, but there was one little mistake: the character played by Amy Adams wore braces that weren’t invented for another decade. Oops, someone didn’t do their research!
#3 The Danish Girl
Source: © The Danish Girl / Working Title
Set in 1926, but the costume designer must have had a time machine malfunction because the female characters wore tight clothes that were totally out of sync with the loose-fitting silhouettes and sheath dresses of the time. Even Gerda’s hairstyle was also considered outdated!
#4 A Dangerous Method
Source: © A Dangerous Method / Recorded Picture Company
Keira Knightley’s character appeared in just a corset in one scene, breaking all the rules of wearing this undergarment. Back then, women had to wear a slip dress under their corsets, but I guess the filmmakers decided to ditch that detail.
#5 La Reine Margot
Source: © La Reine Margot / France 2 Cinéma
Next, La Reine Margot. The characters in this film looked fabulous with their open shoulder dresses, but it turns out that’s not historically accurate. Women in the 16th century always wore undergarments to stay warm, absorb sweat, and make washing their expensive dresses easier.
Plus, the main character had loose hair when portraits show she actually had curly hair styled in a high updo.
Source: © Braveheart / Icon Productions
While most of the costumes were spot on, there were still some mistakes. The film is set in 1280, but Sophie Marceau’s character wears metal belts that women wouldn’t wear until half a century later. Oops, someone didn’t check their history books!
#7 Hello, Dolly!
Source: © Hello, Dolly! / 20th Century Studios
The film is set in 19th century New York, but the characters sported beehive hairdos, lip gloss, and winged eyeliner – all of which were nonexistent at the time. But hey, the film still managed to win 3 Oscars and become an icon of the decade.
#8 Legends of the Fall
Source: © Legends of the Fall / Bedford Falls Productions
In an attempt to create a romantic look, the costume designers ignored historical realities of the period. Brad Pitt’s character had long, flowing hair and some whiskers, even though they were totally unacceptable for the time. Back then, men would have had short hair and wide mustaches.
#9 Mary Queen of Scots
Source: © Mary Queen of Scots / Working Title Films
Mary Stuart, Saoirse Ronan’s character wears asymmetric earrings in the movie, but they weren’t even a thing in 16th century Scotland. Looks like the costume designers wanted to add a modern touch to the historical drama.
#10 The King’s Speech
Source: © The King’s Speech / Momentum Pictures
The King’s Speech was a critically acclaimed film about the struggles of preparing the coronation speech of King George VI. The movie won four Oscars and was even nominated for Best Costume Design. However, experts discovered some significant mistakes in the scene where Colin Firth is wearing a kilt.
The design of the kilt wasn’t even created until 1997, and it’s an Irish kilt, not a Scottish one that would have been worn by members of the royal family.
#11 The Doors
Source: © The Doors / TriStar Pictures
In Oliver Stone’s movie about the legendary band The Doors, based on real events from the ’60s, Jim Morrison is seen sporting Ray-Ban Shooter glasses that weren’t actually released until the ’80s. We guess the costume designers couldn’t resist the classic look of those shades!
While many moviegoers appreciate a movie’s historical accuracy, others are willing to overlook inaccuracies if the story, acting, and overall filmmaking are strong enough. After all, despite these little slip-ups, we still love these movies for their amazing performances and captivating storylines.