My original thought was to make this a post of men's and women's Tudor costumes throughout film and television, but I quickly realized that there are far too many beautiful costumes, so this will only cover my favorite women's costumes. I'm sure there are MANY other beautiful costumes that should be included, but these are some of the most obvious that came to mind. Feel free to add your favorites as well!
I love this simple golden dress that Natalie Dormer wore in The Tudors. Although this show did not have many historically accurate costumes, I do think this was one of the closest. The floral skirt was beautiful and the entire dress was understated and simple. Natalie wore this dress many times during the series!
This is an absolutely beautiful dress - again, simplistic and more accurate than many of the others. I had trouble finding a good picture of the entire dress, but I thought this was a good picture to use because I also liked the winter cloak that Natalie wore - though I'm not sure about the hat!
If I were more knowledgable about Tudor clothes, I would know if this was an accurate dress for the time period or not. It looks more Elizabethan to me, but regardless, I think it's beautiful! I love how the style looks on Natalie, and the hat makes for a good accent.
Again, probably the most accurate Tudor costumes from The Tudors, it even has bell sleeves - though smaller than they probably should have been. It is a gorgeous dress that is shown in Anne Boleyn's execution scene.
This is my favorite gown from Anne of the Thousand Days, which typically had much more authentic-looking costumes than The Tudors did. Genevieve Bujold looks beautiful in this costume, and I love the beadwork on the top, though I know it's hard to see in this picture.
Similar to the brown dress in The Tudors, I love the bell sleeves on this dress, worn by Genevieve Bujold. The french hood is also beautiful and has the authentic hair covering.
I believe this is a deleted scene from The Other Boleyn Girl, but I love this dress, worn by Natalie Portman. It also has the hair covering and french hood, with beautiful sleeves and an ornate golden design. By far my favorite costume from this movie!
I love Jane Seymour's Christmas gown from The Tudors. Anabelle Wallis had several beautiful gowns, though very few of them were accurate. This is one of the few that I think was both gorgeous and more realistic. I can't quite tell what the sleeves look like, but I adore the top!
Anne of Cleves
I didn't care for most of Joss Stone's dresses in The Tudors, but this one (from season four) was gorgeous. The headpiece leaves something to be desired, but the bodice is beautiful and the beadwork is great. I also love the brooch, which looks to be accurate based on pictures of real Tudor brooches I have seen.
I think this dress is beautiful, worn by Joely Richardson, and the slashed sleeves aren't frequently seen in other costumes in The Tudors.
I love the sleeves and beading on this dress! Personally, I think Sarah Bolger has some of the best costumes in The Tudors, and this is definitely one of my favorites. I think I have a thing for brown Tudor dresses...
There is so much to love about this costume. First of all, it is so ornate and the designs on the bodice are beautiful. The sleeves are also beautiful, and the jewelry and french hood are perfect. This is one of the best costumes in the entire show, in my opinion!
This is a beautiful and bold gown that Cate Blanchett wore in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. I think it's perfect for her and the ruff around her neck is understated enough to be pretty (I usually hate those!)
I think this is the best cotume for Elizabeth's speech to the troops at Tilbury. This one, worn by Helen Mirren in Elizabeth I is both feminine and fit for a warrior queen.
This dress, worn by Joely Richardson in Anonymous, is a beautiful and understated Elizabeth gown, with sleeves that I haven't seen very often in Tudor film. I also like the sheer detail at her chest. It is perfect for a young Elizabeth.
Glenda Jackson epitomizes the English queen with this regal gown in Elizabeth R. Everything about it looks absolutely perfect for an Elizabethan costume, and it may as well be a painting of the real queen herself.
I hope you've enjoyed my costume choices for Tudor actresses! I'd love to know your thoughts about these costumes, as well as those I haven't mentioned. Feel free to attach pictures below this post or on my Facebook page!
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