Category Archives: Edwardian England

Top Costumes: Lady in White

It is a truth universally acknowledged that in a period film, costumes are just as important as the plot and main characters. They allow the viewer to become immersed in the era. So as part of an ongoing feature in the blog, we are profiling our favorite costumes from period films.

Eliza Doolittle’s Embassy Ball Gown

When it comes to costumes from the 1964 film My Fair Lady, Eliza’s black-and-white Ascot dress and over the top, cartoonishly large hat seem to have reached iconic status. But her Embassy Ball dress — nay, gown; this no mere dress — is the one that always stuck in my mind. This is what I’d want to look like if I was trying to pass as an aristocrat: shimmering, rich, opulent, but not in a crass way. Costume designer Cecil Beaton really knew how to clean up a girl. Strictly speaking, the gown might not be completely historically accurate, and something about that hairdo reads very 60s to me, but even so: this is how you wear white.

— AnnĂ©e