Photos: Victorian Fashions in British Costume Drama

BBC America’s forthcoming show Copper (premiering Sunday, August 19 at 10/9c) examines life in NYC set in the 1860s. The majority of the costumes – 600 dresses, frock coats and union suits – were custom built versus relying on picked over rental shops. The folks over at Gothamist have put together a flip book of some cool looks from the show in Fabulous Fashions of 19th Century NYC Revisited in Copper.  We’re going to follow their lead and take a look at 19th Century Great Britain, chronicled in Victorian era films and mini-series!

The Young Victoria

The young princess (Emily Blunt) strolls the garden in a dandelion yellow frock and matching head piece. (Photo via GK Films)

Jane Eyre

Governess Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) dons a riding coat to go collect her inheritance. (Photo via Focus Features)

The Importance of Being Earnest

Two men (Colin Firth, left, and Rupert Everett) woo two young ladies (Frances Conner, left, and Reese Witherspoon) in their buttoned up suits but not so buttoned up ways. (Photo via Miramax)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 

Miss Jane Porter (Andie MacDowell) took the man (Christopher Lambert) out of the jungle and put him into her bed – even the underclothes are well designed. (Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures)

 Bleak House

A woman at the height of English society, Lady Dedlock (Gillian Anderson) is always impeccably dressed and stuns in this sophisticated green gown. (Photo via BBC)

Oliver!

Not everyone was fancied up during the Victorian era with wee orphan Oliver (Mark Lester) dressed in rags. (Photo via Columbia Pictures)

North and South

Richard Armitage fashions a three-piece suit as northern mill owner, John Thornton (Photo via BBC)

Little Dorrit

Seamstress Amy Dorrit (Claire Foy) dons a bonnet and cape over a work apron and dress. (Photo via BBC)

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Working-class lovers Tess Durbeyfield (Gemma Arterton) and Angel Clare (Eddie Redmayne) keep it classy. Tess wears a blue dress and petticoat while Angel wears a black suit and matching waistcoat. (Photo via BBC)

Sweeney Todd

The demon barber of Fleet Street (Johnny Depp) in a waistcoat and cravat (Photo via Dreamworks)