I just returned from seeing "The Raven" today. I thought it 'twas an entertaining well done adaption of Poe's classic tales all rolled into one.
This has always been my favorite of his works so I simply had to see it.
As Poe's tale "The Raven" was published in 1845 I assumed we would at least get a couple of pretty dresses from the ladies in the movie.
The costumes did not disappoint!
The Costume Designer was Carlo Poggioli. Who also did the designs for Van Helsing, Season of the Witch, Cold Mountain, Brothers Grimm..etc...
He brought that perfect blend of dark romantic into the costumes.
Emily Hamilton was the main lady of this gothic victorian tale.
Thus, I decided to just focus on her costumes for this post.
*A little Phantom of the Opera-ish don't you think?*
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, .....
Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore....
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
- The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (a few lines, not the complete tale)
I wasn't able to find stills of all her costumes...but here are few. From what I can recall I think she wore 5 gowns and then lovely victorian undergarments.
The men's costumes were excellent as well! Lots of thought went behind each look. Poe had an awesome black wool circle cloak with a high collar.
Now I want to create a gown for a masquerade! Oh what fun it would be. I love the off the shoulder gowns and long gloves...just stunning.
Thank you for reading. Have a magical day!