The Top Ten Best Female Movie Costumes
Blue is the color of the sky, ocean, and twilight. It has a connotations of trust, wisdom, spirituality, intelligence and calmness.
For most people it is a flattering color which is why blue is such a popular color for costumes in movies especially when a character either needs to look youthful or noble.
This page look at the Top Ten Movie costumes that are blue. It focuses on female costumes.
Costumes are ranked based on aesthetics, how the reflect the character, and memorability.
List is subject to change
Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy's, played by Judy Garland, gingham jumper is one of those iconic costumes. You do not have to have seen The Wizard of Oz t recognize this costume. It's just a simple pure classic
Costume design by Gilbert Adrian
Princess Buttercup from The Princess Bride
Princess Buttercup, played by Robin Wright Penn, gets a bunch of lovely costumes through the much beloved movie classic The Princess Bride. This looks of her's is a more "casual" look done in a light blue one is both beautiful and simple.
It has a simple silhouette with a train. There is white trim around the scoop neckline. The sleeves make the dress special. The sleeves have a cuff around the upper arm that makes the dress stands out.
Costume design by Phyllis Dalton
Danielle from Ever After
Danielle, played by Drew Barrymore, dons this dress to greet Prince Henry at her family's manor home in a scene from the 1998 semi-historical reimagined Cinderella story entitled Ever After.
During this scene Prince Henry invites her to a monastery library as she has a great love for books.
It's a lovely dress that has a high waist line. The fabric looks to be a jacquard with gold detail woven through the light blue fabric. The sleeves are detached double puffed sleeves There is a gold trim on the sleeves and bodice.
Originally this gown was to be the one that Danielle wore to the ball but it was decided to go with a different gown for that scene. This gown then used for their outing to the library which has the two further bond which leads to their first kiss.
Costume design by Jenny Beavan
Alice from Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice from the classic story of Alice in Wonderland has a very iconic blue dress, so when Tim Burton's version a came an older Alice (played by Mia Wasikowka) dons the same type of dress just with it has the same look as the classic version but with a little bit of the Burton flair.
The dress, while communicating a proper Victorian lady, is a bit edgier than what would be typical for the fashions of the time. It has striped figure-less gloves, black buttons, a layer of chiffon, jagged lace trim and black embroidery along the hem. T
he look is a good update to an iconic look with an edgy flair.
Costume design by Colleen Atwood
Xiao Mei from House of Flying Daggers
House of Flying Daggers is a stunningly beautiful movie.
Mei, played by Ziyi Zhang, wears this costume which is based on tradition Chinese long sleeve dance costumes.
The sleeves are used like ribbons while she dances. The costume uses two tones of blue. The main fabric has a floral weave. The bodice is white with a gold flower on it. The trim has a painterly quality to it. The underdress also has a lovely ombre dye that goes from dark blue to white at the hem.
Costume design by Emi Wada
Paro from Devdas
The 2002 version of Devdas is a very extravagant movie. All the costumes in this movie are gorgeous and this sari is no exception.
This particular sari worn by Paro, played by Aishwarya Rai, is called a Banarasi or a trousseau.
The Sari is very elaborate with grand embroidery that is gold and red. Even though this is a lot going on with this sari and all the jewelry it is cohesive and very elegant.
Costume design by Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla, Neeta Lulla and Reza Shariffi
Giselle from Enchanted
Much like Scarlett in Gone with the Wind, Enchanted's Giselle, played by Amy Adams, fashions this feminine dress out of a mere curtain. This was also done in The Sound of Music, but I digress
The dress is comprised of a floral blue (more of a teal really) over dress and a light pink underdress. Both are made from a light weight fabric that provide great movement as Giselle sings around Central Park in the film's big musical number. the effect of the dress is both feminine and whimsical.
This costume resembles John Singer Sargent's portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland
Costume Designed by Mona May
(Full-Disclosure- This costume might be removed if I make a Teal costume list which I just might.)
Ella from Cinderella (2015)
Even before the movie was released the re-imagined ball gown from the 1950 Disney movie, Cinderella, made waves. Which was the polar opposite of 2017 Beauty and the Beast version of Belle's gold ball gown, I digress again
Unlike the original Cinderella movie, this costume is unabashed blue with multiple layers to give the gown a dream-like, magical iridescence. This done is part to use of Yumissima fabric which is the lightest fabric ever. It's so light that it is smoke-like in how it floats.
This costume doesn't use blue hues for the construction but also pinks and purple were added in to the mix of buttery dreamy fabrics.
There is also a nice butterfly motif to the neckline to showcase Ella's change from indentured servant girl to the belle of the ball.
Costume Design by Sandy Powell
Rose's Flying Dress from Titanic
The Flying dress as it aptly called in Titanic is one of the more memorable costumes because she is wearing it when her and Jack share their first kiss at the bow of the ship the last time the doomed ship saw sunlight.
This dress is one of Rose's, played by Kate Winslet, more casual outfits but that by no means makes it less beautiful. She wears a few day outfits in the movie one being green and the other being yellow.
The costume is made of purplish-blue velvet with satin accents. The bodice has an antique lace inset. The dress has an over skirt which drapes beautiful over the underskirt. The overskirt also has tassel details.
Costume designed Deborah L. Scott
Arwen's Requiem Dress from Lord of the Rings
I must confess this is one my favorite Arwen, played by Liv Tyler, gowns from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. But it didn't take the number one spot just because I personally love it.
This dress is the same style as the Blood Dress and her Coronation dress. The color is slate blue and it is velvet.
It has silver beading on the upper arms and trim around the neckline. Like the fore-mention dresses this one also sports a scoop neckline. Her bell sleeves are floor length and are a cream color.
This costume also has a blue velvet cloak that has a flower design on it.
There is something magic about this costume. All the details are in perfect harmony with each other. Then there is the scene that this costume is worn during as Arwen stand in defense of her convictions.
Costume designed by Ngila Dickson.
Honorable Mentions for Blue
Perhaps it was a moment of indecision on my part that could not remove or add any to list but the costumes from La La Land are very beloved and fun and while the 2019 version of Little Women did take a lot (maybe even too many) creative liberties, Amy's costumes are very beautiful.
I also wanted to inject so newness to this list. So two honorable mentions as they are great.
What do you think of these Costumes?
Iris on December 29, 2016:
Arwen's blue gown is my favorite. Stunning! Grace kelly's Grecian blue dress in To Catch a Thief needs a honorable mention.
DGbreezin on February 06, 2016:
The blue dress that Jodi Foster's character wears in "Maverick" deserves honorable mention.
acregmed on August 25, 2012:
InquisitiveOne LM on August 18, 2012:
These are lovely. Thank you.
Kristen from Wisconsin on August 17, 2012:
What a unique list! I loved it!
anonymous on August 17, 2012:
What a fun lens!
Elaine Chen on August 17, 2012:
I like the tradition Chinese long sleeve dance costumes in movie House of Flying Daggers
Modzed on August 10, 2012:
Super wow! Great lens! :)