Dangerous Liaisons (1988) was based on an 18th century novel about the excessive lives of the court. James Acheson won best costume design and used original vintage fabrics in some cases but the fabric was so old it could barely endure the filming process. The look of the dresses bears similarity to the court of Marie Antoinette. Below Uma Thurman appeared in the film is a softer pink and beige color palette contrasted by the older characters who wore blues and oranges. All characters appear in pastels, which was characteristic of the era.
The Victorian era saw limited change in men's attire with simply the tails of a coat and length of a coat decreasing, mainly due to the reduction in horseback riding. Importantly the idea of a dandy and the flaneur develops this time out of the British Beau Brummell circle.
Ladies Home Journal, 1870’s and Charles Frederick Worth, 1880
The Belle Epoque is the era of French style at the turn of the century in which art nouveau was a backdrop to softer looks and an increased use of black.
Cheri, 2009 in the Belle Epoque, 1890’s-1913
The leg of mutton sleeve was a popular trend of the 1890's.
Stella Bruzzi writes about 3 films in “Desire and the Costume Film ." She starts with Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975). This film takes place in 1900 and shows clothing that follows the above styles of the Edwardian era. The girls are largely show in white school dresses but corsets also play a factor in the girls' coming of age.