Halloween is nigh! Literally, it’s only one day away. If you’re like a lot of Halloween enthusiasts, you’re probably gearing up to watch some scary movies. That’s why I just had to recommend a period drama that’s perfect for Halloween: Stonehearst Asylum. It’s a thrilling trifecta of Gothic, romantic and creepy, and it also happens to be loosely based on an Edgar Allen Poe story entitled The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.
The movie tells the story of Dr. Edward Newgate, who’s a new employee at a mental hospital. He soon becomes completely besotted with one of his patients, Eliza Graves. Meanwhile, his superintendent, Dr. Lamb, has some unconventionally modern methods for treating his patients, much to Edward’s fascination. However, a series of events leads Edward to realize that all is not what it appears to be at Stonehearst Asylum.
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley, this film has a great cast to boot. I myself thoroughly enjoyed watching it. It’s full of intriguing, spooky characters, and the plot kept me engrossed. It’s not exactly the kind of horror film one would typically think of for Halloween, but it definitely has some Gothic and horror-filled elements to it. And yes, it’s even on Netflix! 😀
Bringing this back to period drama fashion, however, I wanted to discuss my favorite dress worn by Eliza Graves in the film. It’s a stunning dark blue, off-the-shoulder velvet gown with exquisite lace detailing. I thought it would be fun to do a modern take on this dress, especially considering velvet is a perfect choice for fall fashion.
The movie poster above shows Eliza wearing the gown. I searched endlessly to try and find a full body shot of the gorgeous gown, but the pic below is the best one I could find:
Get the Look:
Look for a navy colored velvet dress with black lace details, or you can add some with a lacey blazer or cardigan (follow the links below each picture for details on where to buy).
You can also turn this modern day period drama ensemble into a dressy causal look by selecting an ink blue velvet top instead of a dress.
For the pieces that don’t have lace details, you can simply add some on! Here’s some inspiration:
Make sure to add on some dangly earrings à la Eliza Graves.
Eliza Graves proves that just because you’re stuck in a madhouse doesn’t mean you can’t make a period drama fashion statement. It’s amazing how her striking combination of rich velvet and luxe lace can still apply to today’s trends!
What do you think about this look? Are you a fan of velvet?
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