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Best Green Costumes & Dresses in Movies by genre

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Top Ten Green Movie Dresses

The Color Meaning of Green

There is a lot symbolic meaning to the color green. It's a color of youth, vibrancy, greed, jealousy, renewal, growth, nature, abundance, success, peace and calm.

Green is also the only color that can be warm or cool as it neutral color. All this combined with that many women look beautiful in the color it's not wonder that so many timeless movie costumes are green.

How this ranking works

This ranked list is broken into three sections based on film genres or really type of movie: Period Pieces set in time past, Modern Movies meaning roughly made where they are set (about five years or so) and Fantasy/Sci-fi/Comic-books (anything fantastical.Supernatural in context.) Though sometimes a costume can be listed in a different genre than the film’s genre it just depends on the context and narrative. Or sometimes the costume will adhere to the film’s genre like for example gothic horror period are the supernatural or period there are both. The rules are more like soft guidelines.

In total there are 30 costumes ranked here in groups of ten. Why ten? It seemed logical.

Articles of clothing, like undergarments, cover-ups, bathing suits, sleepwear, outerwear etc are not included.

The costumes are ranked by aesthetics, memorability and how it suits the character/film. My own subjective opinions do influence the ranking as it is my list. I do try and be objective as I can be but I won’t pretend that I am.

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The List is mostly likely to change because they keep making movies and movies need costumes.


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Period Films

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra

Cleopatra

There is no denying that costumes from the 1963 version of Cleopatra are iconic.

You know exactly what you are looking at when you see an image of Elizabeth Taylor as the famous Queen. Are the costumes at all trying to be historically accurate? Absolutely not. They are early 60s fashion stylistic approximations of what Ancient Egypt would look like in a fashion concept. It’s more about modernity in the setting than really trying to evoke an immersive film experience and the film really reveals that with regard to Cleopatra’s fashion.

Many of her costumes are well known but it is hard to really get past the early 60s aesthetics but this green costume does a great job of mitigating the modern look with a feeling of antiquity.

The muted dark green dress is one of her more simplistic costumes as it has no adornments but that makes it work. The fabric has a sheen so mostly it’s a silk which the historical figure could have worn as silk did become popular during Augustus Caesar’s reign so it was in Rome during Cleopatra's time for the elites.

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She wears this costume in Rome the night before Caesars dies. There are some pleating details in the bodice. The pleating combined with the ties gives some structure to the look. The neckline has a deep v that dips at the center front and the garment is sleeveless.

She pairs it with a white and red wrap as many of her costumes feature some kind of outerwear component. She also wears a braided wig with gold ornaments, earrings, a snake armlet, and dramatic eye make-up.

This costume was used in promotional materials.

Costume design by Renié


Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater from Titanic

Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater from Titanic

Kate Winslet as Rose DeWitt Bukater from Titanic

In her introductory scenes as a youth on the ill-fated Titanic, Rose, played by Kate Winslet, showcases just how miserable she is with her life. She is in a controlling restrictive relationship with not just her mother, fiancee but with the whole of her society. She is more inclined towards the romantics as in art, philosophy and science which is all out of step with the vapid pleasantries of her social circle.

All is perfectly shown in the lunch scene and then when she sees Jack for the first as they are drawn to each other.

In these scenes she wears a day dress. The dress is made from a muted darkish chartreuse silk. The over layer is made from white English net lace. This lace layer forms a hobble skirt which evokes her life of restrictions. The lace also makes up the sleeves which have a flounce cuff adding a touch of romance.

The look is contrasted by a wide coral waist sash with a fabric flower at the center front.

Costume designed by Deborah L. Scott


Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria from The Young Victoria

Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria from The Young Victoria

Queen Victoria from The Young Victoria

While the costume design of The Young Victoria does sports many regal and formal looks it also features many informal looks for the young Queen.

Victoria, played by Emily Blunt, wears this dark green day dress a few times in the film. It has a blue circle pattern on it. The only real detail aside from the all over patterned fabric is the smocking at the upper sleeves right before the slight puff effect.

The dress is just so informal and yet looks so rich with this color choice.

This dress was also used for the film’s promotion.

Costume design by Sandy Powell


Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl

Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl

Anne Boleyn from The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl is based on a historical novel of the same name that tells a very fictionalized account of Anne and Mary Boleyn. The movie depicts Anne, played by Natalie Portman, as an ambitious young woman who schemes her way into a royal position. Her ambition is reflected in her costumes with more bold simplistic details which is the opposite of Mary. Mary’s patterns are more complex and smaller which reflects a sweeter demeanor.

After Anne returns from France to the English Court she catches the eye of Henry the VIII in this stunning green gown. The color makes her stand out as she is the only one in the scene wearing a bright color.

The gown appears to be made of silk and has velvet turned back over-sleeves. It is low cut and has metal elements along the neckline. The underskirt and the under sleeves looks like they are made from a green and gold saree fabric.

She wears a matching French Hood with a billiment that matches the adornments on the bodice. The tubular fabric that conceals her hair is also made from the same green velvet that is on the sleeves.

This look was used to promote the film.

Costume designed by Sandy Powell


Maggie Cheung as Su Li-zhen in In the Mood for Love

Maggie Cheung as Su Li-zhen in In the Mood for Love

Su Li-zhen from In the Mood for Love

In the Mood for Love tells the story of neighbors whose spouses are having an affair with each other. They look to each for support and understanding and that morphs into feelings of love and that due to a series of mis-opportunities doesn’t come to fruition.

Throughout the film Su Li-zhen, played by Maggie Cheung, wears very fashionable cheongsam. They have a variety of colors, some are bright and some are muted. Some have bold geometric patterns while others floral and others fluid abstract patterns. The costumes can therefore blend or stand out or co-ordinate with her love’s look. All of them though have a higher collar and more defined shoulders than is typically seen on cheongsams. This reflects her state of feeling trapped and not really being able to escape her life.

Su Li-zhen wears this bright green cheongsam at work in which she blends into the green walls and she wears them against a red walled hotel room and hall. In the shot of her in the red hall wearing this outfit it looks like an art piece.

This cheongsam has a white angle grid pattern that is geometric and modern.

Costume design by William Chang


Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi from Devdas

Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi from Devdas

Chandramukhi from Devdas

The 2002 version of Devdas is an ornate spectacle for the eyes. Pretty much every shot of this movie is gorgeous.

Devdas is a depressing movie about a weak-willed man’s path down self-destruction and the two women who deeply love him. While Devdas can not be with his childhood sweetheart, Paro. He finds a connection with Chandramukhi, played by Madhuri Dixit, a courtesan but becomes devoted to Devdas who in turn is devoted to Paro.

Prior to the start of a musical number, Chandramukhi says she will only start when Devdas arrives which she does and she dramatically reveals this bright green and gold outfit.

Green has connotations of new beginnings and happiness in India so this color choice speaks to Chandramukhi’s change of heart towards her life because of her deep feeling for Devdas.

This costume is very extravagant with all the of details. The bodice is a combination of a transparent yoke and the rest is heavily embroidered with metallic gold thread. This metallic gold embroidery is also on the hem of the sheer skirt, the churidar, and along the edge of the veil. The embroidery looks to have gold beading sewn in it as well. The sheer skirt and veil also have some reflective details which are in green which could sequin or something like to give the costume more sheen and dimension.

She also wears lots of stunning gold jewelry.

Costume design by Abu Jani, Sandeep Khosla, Neeta Lulla and Reza Shariffi


 Adèle Haenel as Héloïse from  Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Adèle Haenel as Héloïse from Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Héloïse from Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Set in the late 18th century, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a sublime and intimate look of two lovers who can not be together but possess the beauty and passion of the memory of their love.

Reluctant bride-to-be, Héloïse played by Adèle Haenel, is a member of the gentry and prior to her marriage her intended wants see a portrait of her. Marianne is hired to paint her without her knowledge in the guise of a walking companion. Marianne tells Héloïse about the painting and agrees to portrait so that Marianne can capture Héloïse’s true self.

After Héloïse agrees to have her painting down she wears an Emerald green sack back, or Robes à la française, gown. The color of this gown is very important to the visuals of the film. The color green is all about renewal, growth, abundance and nature. In this context the color is indicative of Héloïse taking her power back as she agrees to be painted on her terms as well as agrees to the marriage.

The color also contrasts against the landscape of the isolated coastline as well with the orange of the fire. The color also contrasts with Marianne who wears red. Also the texture of the costume as Marianne has a rougher texture on her garments while Héloïse’s gown is smooth.

There is not a lot of detail on the gown; this means the deep emerald green color is the real point of interest however there are a few little details like the ruffle of the three-quarter sleeves, the white lace of under-layer at the neckline and at the cuffs and the pleats down the bodice. There are also panniers under the gown giving it structure.


Costume design by Dorothée Guiraud


Romy Schneider as Sissi

Romy Schneider as Sissi

Empress Elizabeth from Sissi Trilogy

Among the swirling pretty princess-like gowns, Sissi, played by Romy Schneider, wears some very equally lovely less formal gown than the ballgowns that populate the Sissi trilogy of the late 1950s.

One such gown is the more informal is a dark green velvet dress. She is wearing it when she meets with Count Andrassy. This dress looks more 1950s than 19th century in terms of its simplicity, lack of detailing and lower neckline for a day look which the movie does a lot with the day costumes.

The dress is made from a dark green velvet. The sleeves are long and the neckline is square. The bodice is pointed at the waistline. The skirt is full and has two tiered overlays that seem to be just at the sides. There is a bustle like detail at the back.

She wears a green and gold jewelry set with a stand of pearl woven in her elaborate hairstyle.


Costume design by Leo Bei, Gerdago, and Franz Szivats


Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind

Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind

Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind

Many of the costumes from Gone with the Wind are iconic but few are so remembered as The Curtain Dress.

When a large tax bill is due, an impoverished Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, makes a gown out her Mother's curtain to seduce Rhett Butler to secure the funds. When that plan fails she tries the same tactic but with her own sister’s beau and she succeeds.

The Gown is made from dark and olive green velvet. The neckline is a narrow v-neck with a lapel collar. The sleeves are asymmetrical with one sleeve having a cape like over-layer.

The costume uses other components of the curtain to showcase its origins such as the corder belt with large tassels, the trim along the cape sleeve and the gold fringe that makes up the hat.

It’s a cheeky bold design that has some grace and humor and yet it is still stunning and one of best remembered movie costumes.

Costume designed by Water Plunkett.


Keira Knightley as Cecilia from Atonement

Keira Knightley as Cecilia from Atonement

Cecilia Tallis from Atonement

When Atonement first came out, this gown was already the subject of discussion and very much beloved. And it is still highly regarded as a movie gown.

Cecilia, played by Keira Knightley, wears this gown during her tryst with Robbie in the library the evening when everything goes wrong. Cecilia’s younger sister Briony, who also harbors affections for Robbie but is deeply confused about adult relationships and lies about what she thinks she saw and what she thinks she understands.

The gown is meant to be revealing, delicate and subtle. It is made from a flowing green silk that was cut on the bias. The fabric is almost sheer and also such a great sense of fluidity that it seems to float.

The green of the dress changes in the movie, it starts off lighter and seems to get darker as the scenes progress. The color is represents Briony’s feeling of jealousy but there is a wild mysterious quality that adds to the scene.

It is sleeveless with a wide v-neckline. At the neckline are laser cut-out details. It is also backless. At the waist there is a knotted drape. It's also ruched in the back that extends into a train.

It is just an insanely gorgeous gown with a timeless appeal.


Costume designed by Jacqueline Durran


Modern Movies

Gwyneth Paltrow as Estella from Great Expectations

Gwyneth Paltrow as Estella from Great Expectations

Estella from Great Expectations

The 1998 version of Dickens’ book of the same name is a contemporary retelling set mainly in New York City as well as Florida.

The character dynamics are very much still the same with Estella, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, as a cool austere flirty girl who is set to break hearts.

When she reconnects with Finn, this version’s pip, as adults in Central park, she wears this super minimal green look. It’s a Donna Karen cardigan with a slinky girl skirt. The one button looks make the own look effortless and cool.

The color choice is less about the character and more that it’s the director’s color of choice. He understands the color

Costume designed by Judianna Makosky


Anne Hathaway as Andy from The Devil wears Prada

Anne Hathaway as Andy from The Devil wears Prada

Andy Sachs from The Devil wears Prada

When it comes to a fashion movie The Devil Wears Prada is an obvious choice as it puts fashion front and center in the narrative as well with the characters.

Throughout the film we see Andy, played by Anne Hathaway, experiment with and come into her own with fashion. All comes to head in Paris during Fashion Week, when Andy having taken the spot from her co-worker. She did it because she believed that her boss didn’t give her a choice and learns that her ambition is in line with her boss’ and she finds that it is a bridge too far.

At the end of the movie when Andy walks away from the fashion world she looks quite chic. She wears a dark green dress with a small black crop jacket. The top looks like a corset and the skirt has tiers with black trim.

She just looks impeccable and on point with the classic look, the Bridget Bardot hair style and the red lip.

Costume designed by Patricia Field


Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30

Jennifer Garner as Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30

Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30

Geeky 13 years old Jenna gets her wish granted when she wakes up a 30 version of herself, played by Jennifer Garner. She now has everything she wanted to be; successful, flirty and thriving. Though in reality she is not the person she wanted to become.

One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is when Jenna is going to a party and she speaks to her 13 year old neighbor and the party scene where she leads an impromptu Thriller dance. To this party she wears a bold multi-color striped mini dress.

While the dress features many colors the neon green stands out the most especially since the color on the bust and the green band in front and center on the skirt. The stripes are very wide and are at angle.

On the straps there is a reflective detail which could be the fabric or beads or sequins. It is also styled with a big butterfly necklace and large earring.

The wide angled colorful stripes and the playful accessories make this look fun and youthful which suits the character.


Costume designed by Susie DeSanto


Rita Hayworth as Terpsichore from Down to Earth

Rita Hayworth as Terpsichore from Down to Earth

Terpsichore from Down to Earth

Down to Earth is a sequel to the 1941 movie Here comes Mr. Jordan which was remade in 2001 and called Down to Earth while the sequel called Down to Earth was an inspiration for 1980 Xanadu. Do you need to watch Here Comes Mr.Jordan to enjoy Down to Earth? It helps but it’s not essential since the characters that reprisal their roles sums up the previous movie.

Down to Earth is about the muse of song and dance, Terpsichore, played by Rita Hayworth, coming down to Earth because a play is being made about the muses and she is not pleased about their interpretation and wants to correct it. She does this by getting herself cast as herself.

To get the role, Terpsichore upstages everyone while dancing. She is so captivating that she makes the lead actress walk. There is something about Rita Hayworth dancing that is magic; she just comes alive as she glides and spins.

As the scene is highlighting Terpsichore’s dancing, her outfit needs to enhance her movements. The dress is a sheer lightweight kelly green. It is a knee with long sleeves that have ruching and are slightly fuller at the top and then become fitted towards the wrist. The neckline is a plunging v-neck that reveals the underdress which is a fitted strapless dress in an olive-khaki color.

She wears a pointed netted brown metallic beaded sash belt and matching shoes.

Not only does this outfit look great in motion but it looks great when she is standing still singing to the cast and crew. It is a very timeless look.


Costume designed by Jean Louis


Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels from The Birds

Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels from The Birds

Melanie Daniels from The Birds

Alfred Hitchcock’s natural horror thriller was based on a real effect which involved toxic algae and a short story by Daphne de Maurier. The film shows the birds attacking for no explained reason which adds to the horror of the film.

Tippi Hedren plays Melanie Daniels, a socialite who is blamed for the birds attacking since the attacks correspond to her arrival.

Through most of the film, Melanie is seen wearing a Parrot-green two piece suit with a high lapel collar. The jacket has two pockets at the front. The belt also matches. The fabric looks like it could be wool.

On the whole this outfit is very classic yet functional, she looks like she is just going about her day as an upper crust society lady. It is also an iconic look.

Costume designed by Edith Head


Shirley MacLaine as Louisa from What a Way to Go

Shirley MacLaine as Louisa from What a Way to Go

If you love over-the-top costumes and Edith Head designs mixed with comedy then What a Way to go is the movie for you.

Lousia, played by Shirley MacLaine, recounts her experience being married to four different men who all leave her a massive fortune. Three out of the four men were poor to start and in the marriage they became rich before dying.Turns out however she is not into being rich. For her third husband she marries a man who starts out rich. She thinks this can break her curse but it turns out he just gets richer.

Louisa likens her third marriage to a glamorous movie where the lead actress is constantly changing into fabulous gowns for fantastic social parties.

This gown is an emerald green and looks like it’s made from a silk charmeuse. The bodice is ruched down the center front. Off the back of the gown there are a few drapings that she extends out for dramatic effect.

Costume designed by Edith Head


Grace Kelly as Lisa Fremont from Rear WIndow

Grace Kelly as Lisa Fremont from Rear WIndow

Lisa Fremont from Rear Window

Rear Window is often considered Hitchcock’s best film and is one of the 11 films he did with costume designer Edith Head.

Grace Kelly plays Lisa Fremont, a socialite and girlfriend of Jeff, the main character who is watching tenants from the titular rear window of his apartment.

As a socialite all her outfits are glamorous. The light green suit she wears when she invites herself for the night and when she is first introduced to Doyle, a friend of Jeff’s and police.

It consists of a buttonless jacket that is lined with white. The skirt matched the green jacket. She pairs the look with a white wrapped around sleeveless halter neck blouse, white belt, white gloves and a white pillbox hat with white netting. The white combined with the light green makes the look fresh and bright. It also works with the cool refined elegance that Grace Kelly brought to her roles.

Costume designed by Edith Head


Paula Patton as Jane Carter from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Paula Patton as Jane Carter from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Jane Carter from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

In this installment from the Mission Impossible franchise, nuclear war is trying to be avoided.

Jane Carter, played by Paula Patton, a member of the crew, is tasked with getting satellite override code. To do this she needs to seduce the target. And what is the best way to ensure a successful seduction, the right attitude and the right dress.

Jane wears this gown for her objective and it is absolutely the right gown for the job. It is a gorgeous jade green color. It’s one shoulder with a wrap like drape at the bodice. The silhouette is a-line but the fabric is lightweight so it has a good fluid movement. The skirt has a high slit off-center front. If that was enough there is a cut-out at the small of the back.

It’s like a modern gown fit for a goddess.


Costume designed by Michael Kaplan


Léa Seydoux from Madeline Swann from Spectre

Léa Seydoux from Madeline Swann from Spectre

Madeline Swann from Spectre

In the 24th installment of the James Bond film series, Bond meets the daughter of one of his antagonist’s. Madeline Swann, played by Léa Seydoux, works as a psychiatrist in a private clinic.

During the train scene she glides into the dining car in this resplendent gown. The color is a minty green or pistachio color. It looks to be made from a silk charmeuse. It has very minimal detail though it does a low back with drape.

It’s very classic, effortless, and glamorous perfect for a Bond girl.

Costume designed by Jany Temime


Emma Stone as Mia Dolan from La La Land

Emma Stone as Mia Dolan from La La Land

Mia Dolan from La La Land

La La Land is a throwback movie to the romantic notion of the golden age of Hollywood wrapped in modern pragmatism. It certainly gives the impression of a grand romance but the end is reality. It is a bittersweet movie for all the dreamers out there.

The costumes fit that lush dreamscape as they are romantic and still modern. Mia, played by Emma Stone, wears this Emerald dress on a date. She ditches that date to go to the movies with Sebastian and the movie gets interrupted when they go to the planetarium which is just a magical and romantic scene.

Like most of her colorful looks the dress is knee length and is made from a lightweight fabric which looks lovely when she dances. The sleeves are caps and they are gathered at the seams. The bodice is rouched down the center. The neckline is a sweetheart and the back is a low v-shape.

She pairs it with a green faceted pendant necklace.

Costume design by Mary Zophres


Fantasy Films

Rachel Weisz as Evanora from OZ The Great and Powerful

Rachel Weisz as Evanora from OZ The Great and Powerful

Evanora from Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful was based on L. Frank Baum novels and is a spiritual prequel to The Wizard of Oz film from 1939. It is basically an origin story of how a magician/con man named Oscar becomes the wizard of OZ.

Upon his arrival to the Emerald City, Oscar meets Evanora, played by Rachel Weisz, the protector of OZ. She is the elite of OZ.

Her costume is in an Art Deco style to reflect her position as the OZ elite. The color of this costume is called “mercury green.” The gown is heavily beaded with more of concentration at the upper bodice especially at the sweetheart neckline and then disperses down the garment.

The gown is floor length and has a high low hemline front to back. The sleeves are long and are made from a black sheer fabric that has green beading. The sleeves attach to the yoke and form the foundation for the shoulder and collar that are made from large green feathers that match her hair accessory that has a large golden metal diamond shape at the center.

She also wears a large green pendant necklace that gives her the appearance of a young woman.

Costume design by Gary Jones and Michael Kutsche


Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Anna Popplewell as Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

Susan Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

As the first film in the franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe sees the Pevensie children arriving in Narnia and going up against Jadis the White Witch.

In the epic battle against the White Witch's army, Susan, played by Anna Popplewell, dons a dark pine green kirtle inspired dress. The color represent the changes in Narnia as the spring comes and winter is being pushed away. It appears to be made from a wool like material and has some light green leaf embroidery at the neck and at cuffs. The sleeves are slashed at the tops. She wears a long hanging brown leather belt. It is worn over a white chemise.


It’s simple but very functional for the epic battle scene the movie has at the climax.


Costume Designed by Isis Mussenden


Jane Fonda as Barbarella

Jane Fonda as Barbarella

Barbarella

Based on the comic of the same name, Barbarella is sci-fi that is weird. It’s more psychedelic than futuristic and the production had many massive issues that plague the execution of the film. The costumes however do remain an interesting example of the approach of the film.

Jane Fonda plays Barbarella, a space adventurer on a very important mission to stop a threat of mass destruction.

Her mission leads her to the Black Queen’s Chamber of Dreams. The costume is a bodysuit made from various shades of green plastics. The suit is made from a fabric with reflective plastic and then there is a plastic linked collar, straps belt combo made of differing shapes and green tones. At the end of the belt part the shapes are elongated rectangles that look like a fringe. It’s paired with olive green leather knee high boots.

The costume definitely looks more like a conceptual fashion take on sci-fi of the late 60s.

Costume design by Paco Rabane


Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremiane from Cinderella

Cate Blanchett as Lady Tremiane from Cinderella

Lady Tremaine from Cinderella

The big moment of any adaptation of Cinderella is the ball scene. Who doesn’t love a grand formal wear scene? And the 2015 version of Cinderella did it pretty great. It is a lovely scene with gorgeous gowns all around.

For the grand royal Lady Tremaine, played by Cate Blanchett, wears a pear green and yellow gown. Her gown has a 1940s/1950s take on the 19th century. It has a very structural asymmetrical standing collar that extends down and wraps into the bodice. His structural wrapping effect also goes down into the skirt. The overskirt is made up of two layers, the top is made from the pear green fabric and the middle yellow. The under is also the same green fabric.

She pairs it with gold gloves, gold feather in her hair and green and gold jewelry.

While the color green can mean envy and that is apply to Lady Tremaine, the color choice was chosen as an intuitive choice rather than symbolism. All the colors of her costumes are strong and cool tones. There was no warmth or kindness in her colors. So it a cooler yellow and a cooler green for this costume.


 Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia from Black Panther

Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia from Black Panther

Nakia from Black Panther

2018’s Black Panther is one most critically acclaimed of the Marvel Pantheon of films.

T’Challa, the titular character is aide by his former lover, Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o. Nakia is a spy and a member of the River Tribe of Wakanda.

The look for the River Tribe was inspired by the Suri tribe. The color that the River Tribe wears is green which symbolizes water, coastal community, leaves and plants. So when a mission has the team going undercover at Busan casino, Nakia has a bond-girl like moment in a dress that suits her background but is also alluring and very modern.


The dress is a sheath silhouette and is made from a darker green with a hand-painted lighter green all over pattern. The pattern was inspired by Kente cloth. Iridescent paint was also used so that the dress gleams a bit in certain lights.

The dress halter neckline with two high slits on both sides. The sleeves are made from the same hand-painted patterned fabric and are long and detached.

Costume design by Ruth E Carter


Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Natalie Portman as Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

Padme Amidala from Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith

During one of the more evocative scenes in the third installment of the Skywalker Saga, Anakin ponders his fate: does he choose his secret wife or his chosen life as Jedi. In the scene it does seem like he and Padme, played by Natalie Portman, have some link with each other though it is not explored in the context of the film.


During this quiet scene Padme wears a bell shaped olive velvet dress. It has burn-out details that are the Naboo royal symbols. The sleeves are long and bell shaped. The waist line goes up very high and has a dark purple sash. At the center front of the v-neckline there is a silver beaded brooch with beaded fringe. The most intriguing element is the hood. It just adds an air of romance and mystery to a very lovely costume.

Costume design by Trisha Biggar


Miranda Otto as Eowyn from Lord of the Rings

Miranda Otto as Eowyn from Lord of the Rings

Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings

A shieldmaiden of Rohan, Eowyn, played by Miranda Otto, is the niece of the King. She commands respect as she kills the witch-king in a Macbeth-like twist prophecy.

This costume has two layers. The top layer is a dark green velvet and the bottom is olive brocade with a leaf-life pattern. The yoke attaches the main layer with a scoop neckline while the yoke extends to a wing collar at the neck. The yoke is made from green fabric and is heavily embroidered with metallic gold thread.

The sleeves are long and bell shaped and lined with the same fabric as the underskirt. She wears a gold metal linked belt and a simple golden necklace.

Costume designed by Ngila Dickson.


Winona Ryder as Mina Murray from Bram Stoker's Dracula

Winona Ryder as Mina Murray from Bram Stoker's Dracula

Mina Murray from Bram Stoker's Dracula

The costumes for Bram Stoker's Dracula could easily be on the Period list but since there is the supernatural element and the costume do walk a line between fantasy and period they will go under the fantasy category. Also Mina, played by Winona Ryder, wears mostly green so while this costume was picked just consider all her costumes here because the costumes are all gorgeous it was hard to choose.

It is when she is wearing this green walking suit that she first encounters the Count on the streets of London. Her fresh green color stands out against the dreary setting. There are multiple shades of green that contrast and there is a lovely leaf motif on her lapel, collar and hat. These leaf details further highlights her youth and vitality, a stark contrast to the vampires that surround her.

In this look Mina is completely covered which marks her as the proper Victorian lady. However the cut of the jacket with the darker green of the lapel does showcase her waistline.

The bustle in the back is a stunning example of a pleated bustle with contrasting fabric that was very popular in the 1880s.


Shout out to the dark velvet traveling costume she wears at the end and Elisabeta’s green gold costume at start of the film

Costume designed by Eiko Ishioka


Léa Seydoux as Belle from La Belle et la Bête

Léa Seydoux as Belle from La Belle et la Bête

Belle from La Belle et la Bête

The 2014 version of La Belle et Bête takes components from other versions and still makes its own. One of the major highlights of this version are the costumes. All the costumes Belle is gifted from the Beast magic are grand, gorgeous and fantastical.

The second gown Belle, played by Léa Seydoux, is given is an emerald green textured velvet gown. She wears it when she goes exploring and sees the limits of the Beast’s realm. She also wears it to their appointed dinner meeting.

The Juliet shaped sleeves have smocking done in the upper section with a bead sewn at the center of each smock. The bodice comes to a sharp point at the bottom edge while the neckline is straight across. The bodice has a gold embroidered overlay that extends higher in the back.

The skirt is an A-line silhouette and has smocking near the waistline. Like the sleeves there is a bead in the center of each smock.

She wears a large gold link chest ornament with matching gold earring that has green stones and an ornate crown that rests at the front of her head with an intricate hairstyle that has green wired twisting over her locks.

All her gowns are super princess gowns. It's almost heartbreaking how lovely they are.


Costume design by Pierre-Yves Gayraud


Liv Tyler as Arwen from Lord of the Rings

Liv Tyler as Arwen from Lord of the Rings

Arwen from The Lord of the Rings Return of the King

Towards the end of The Lord of the Rings Return of the King, Aragon is crowned King and he is reunited with Arwen, played by Liv Tyler.

This costume is often referred to as the coronation gown and sometimes it is referred to as ceremonial or wedding gown. Whatever name it goes by it is loveliness.

The shade of green is very unique as it is bright and vibrant and yet soft. It’s very much a soft spring green which signifies a rejuvenation as it ushers in a new era for Middle Earth.

The silhouette and cut is the same as her other costumes from the trilogy. It has a scoop neckline with long bell sleeves.

The gown is made from a silk velvet. It has a silver brocade at the neckline that is embroidered with metal thread. The upper portion of the sleeves have lac