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Top Ten Brown Movie Dresses

Updated on October 2, 2014

The Top Ten Best Brown Movie Dress

Brown is a neutral color. It denotes stability, wholesomeness, a connotation with earth, simplicity and friendliness.

Brown is not a color that used in movie costumes very often but is a flattering color for most people. Brown is mainly used for casual everyday wear in movies but with details and color combinations it make the seemingly casual costume stand out.

This page focuses on the best brown movie costume for ladies. They are ranked by aesthetics, memorability, and how the costume reflects the character/movie.

List is subject to change

Keira Knightley as Lizzie Bennet from Pride & Prejudge
Keira Knightley as Lizzie Bennet from Pride & Prejudge

Number #10

Lizzie Bennet from Pride & Prejudge

The first time we see Lizzie Bennet, played by Keira Knightley, in Pride & Prejudice she is wearing a simple brown dress. The bodice has a sheer overlay. The neckline is a deep scoop and it's an empire silhouette. It's a sedate dress but subtle detail makes it pretty.

Costume Design by Jacqueline Durran

Erika Marozsan as Ilona from Gloomy Sunday
Erika Marozsan as Ilona from Gloomy Sunday

Number #9

Illona from Gloomy Sunday

During the climax of the first part of Gloomy Sunday, Ilona, played by Erika Marozsan, wears a brown floral chiffon dress. It has a cowl neckline and open short sleeves. It’s very soft and pretty.

Costume Design by Andrea Flesch

Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera
Emmy Rossum as Christine Daae from The Phantom of the Opera

Number #8

Christine Daae's Slave Girl costume from The Phantom of the Opera

The first time we see Christine Daae, played by Emmy Rossum, in the 2004 version of The Phantom of the Opera, she is participating in dress rehearsal for Hannibal where she is to plays a slave girl.

The costume consists of a midriff top with brown leather and a brown floral fabric. The Skirt has the same brown leather as a waistband and reddish-brown fabric make up the body of the skirt. It’s alluring without being vulgar.

Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia Organa from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Number #7

Princess Leia Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

One of Princess Leia's, played by Carrie Fisher, more beloved costumes from Original Saga of Star Wars it the first she wears a color other that white and is a casual look for her.

This costume is comprised of a brown tunic and pants and has a grey sleeveless robe. The robe is made from a curtain and has embroidered flowers on it and as padded collar.

Costume Design by John Mollo

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

Number #6

Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind

Reluctantly walking her baby down the street, Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, wears a pink and brown striped gown. It has an apron detail which sits on a pink skirt. However the top of the gown is shown more.The dress has a high neckline with pleated chiffon ruffle and bells sleeve with have the same pleated chiffon underneath.

Costume Design by Walter Plunkett

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Lady Marian from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Lady Marian from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Number #5

Lady Marian from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

In Robin Hood; Princes of Thieves Lady Marian played by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, attends mass. A lot happens during the church scene. We see the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman) flirt with her and gives her a knife and we see Robin Hood and the Sheriff’s first encounter.

During this memorable part Marian wears a brown gown with a matching veil. The gown has some heavy embroidery along the sleeves.

Costume Design by John Bloomfield

Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth
Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth

Number #4

Elizabeth

Of the myriad of gowns Queen Elizabeth I, played by Cate Blanchett, wears in the film, one is a brown and purple gown. The overdress portion is brown. It has a gold closure and gathered sleeves. The brown and purple is a lovely combination.

Costume Design by Alexandra Byrne

Miranda Otto as Eowyn from Lord of the Rings
Miranda Otto as Eowyn from Lord of the Rings

Number #3

Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Often called “The Beacon “ dress this costume of Eowyn's, played by Miranda Otto, in The Lord of the Rings is only shown for a moment. It’s made of a rich brown velvet. It has a wide v-neck. The sleeves and neckline are trimmed in an orange fabric. The dress is finished off with a leather belt at the waist.

Costume Design by Ngila Dickson

Emily Blunt as Victoria from The Young Victoria
Emily Blunt as Victoria from The Young Victoria

Number #2

Victoria from The Young Victoria

One of the more casual looks Queen Victoria, played by Emily Blunt, wears in The Young Victoria, the brown and pink stripe gown is a lovely combination. The dress has a wide collars and sleeves with three puffs and a ruffle cuffs. It also has a belt at the waist. It's a beautiful yet relaxed Victorian dress.

Costume Design by Sandy Powell

Nicole Kidman as Ada Monroe from Cold Mountain
Nicole Kidman as Ada Monroe from Cold Mountain

Number #1

Ada Monroe from Cold Mountain

This simple yet lovely dress wore by Ada Monroe, played by Nicole Kidman, in Cold Mountain is both very elegant and casual.

It’s made for moire silk or water silk, Moire Silk is typically used for more formal gown but here with pattern cut on the bias the a diagonal pattern is very pretty and yet so subtle. The buttons on the front of the bodice look like jewels. The neckline is a wide yet high neck-line which is very flattering. The sleeves are puffed and there is a gold ribbon at the shoulder. The dress has a lot of subtle details that make it feel like a formal gown.

Costume Design by Carlo Poggoilo and Ann Roth

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Jennifer Ellison as Meg Giry from The Phantom of the Opera
Jennifer Ellison as Meg Giry from The Phantom of the Opera

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      Some very beautiful costumes here - thanks for sharing!

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