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John Moore from The Alienist

John Moore (portrayed by Luke Evans) is a newspaper illustrator and friend of Dr. Laszlo Kreizler on TNT’s The Alienist.  John can be melancholy and prone to self-destructive behavior as the result of a broken engagement and the death of his younger brother many years before.  John uses his skills as an illustrator to create crime scene documentation that prove helpful to Dr. Kreizler and Sara Howard as they continue their investigations.  John comes from a wealthy family and dresses the part well.  If you are recreating his look, don’t be afraid of mixing patterns and colors in traditional Victorian silhouettes.

Sara Howard from The Alienist

On TNT’s The Alienist, Sara Howard (portrayed by Dakota Fanning) is the first female employed by the New York Police Department.  Sara is ambitious, hoping to use her position as Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt’s assistant as a stepping stone to one day becoming the first female police detective.  She joins Dr. Kreizler and John Moore in their investigation of the murders of young male prostitutes and later becomes a private investigator.  Sara comes from an affluent family and dresses as such in elaborate Victorian style.  Recreating 19th century fashion can be difficult, so it’s important to get creative by mixing and matching historical costume pieces with contemporary items.

laszlo kreizler from the alienist

Dr. Laszlo Kreizler from The Alienist

Dr. Lazslo Kreizler (played by Daniel Brühl) is the criminal psychologist at the center of The Alienist.  Kreizler provides expert testimony for the police force when required to determine whether a person should be remanded to prison or asylum, or be returned to their daily life.  Kreizler also operates an institute for abandoned children.  He enlists the help of his friend John Moore and the first female employee of the NYPD, Sara Howard, as he attempts to track down a serial killer.  Kreizler dresses in fine black Victorian suits and jackets, and he uses a cane.

The Widow from Into the Badlands

The Widow

In Into the Badlands, The Widow (Emily Beecham), also known as Minerva, is the Baron of Oil, succeeding her abusive husband after she murdered him. The Widow is one of the best fighters in the Badlands, giving Nathaniel Moon, Sunny, and others plenty of trouble, specializing in hand-to-hand combat and dual-wielding swords.

Sarah Borden

The Prestige is a film about the rivalry between real-life magicians, Robert Angier and Alfred Borden. Sarah Borden (Rebecca Hall) is the wife of Alfred Borden, a magician in 19th century England.

Alfred Borden

In The Prestige, Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) is a working-class magician who is engaged in a dangerous rivalry with another magician, Robert Angier. Based on the real-life magicians, Borden’s clothing reflects a modest lifestyle in Victorian England.

Robert Angier

in the film, The Prestige, Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman), “The Great Danton,” is an aristocratic, 19th century musician who develops a dangerous rivalry with another magician, Alfred Borden. Based on the real-life magician from London, his costumes are typical of what a wealthy man would’ve worn in Victorian England.

Bombshell Enchantress

In DC Bombshells, Enchantress is part of the Suicide Squad during WWII. Though her powers and abilities still revolve around her magic, her look is reminiscent of the witch archetype that was popularized in the 1940’s. Her costume is a combination of classic witch elements and Victorian fashion. The feather pom poms are a good substitute for energy projection, though green wired ribbon or green crystals will also work well.

Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful

Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) is the lead character on Penny Dreadful. She is introduced as a mysterious and powerful medium, who is sought by the Fallen Angels, who seek to use her powers to bring about the End of Days. Set in Victorian England, Vanessa is usually clad in gorgeous, black, period clothing.

William Zeppeli

William Anthonio Zeppeli is a main character in Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1: Phantom Blood. He is a traveling martial artist seeking to destroy a cursed Stone Mask that has haunted his life. He is the friend and mentor of protagonist Jonathan Joestar, who he teaches the mystical art of Hamon to stop his vampire rival, Dio Brando. He is the first Hamon User in the series as well as the first member of the Zeppeli Family, who play a large role in the whole series.