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The Costumes in The Muppet Christmas Carol Deserved an Oscar | A Dress Historian Analysis
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It's the holiday season, and that means it's time for the onslaught of Muppet Christmas Carol articles, quizzes, and Tumblr posts. And let me tell ya something...I 👏🏻am👏🏻 here 👏🏻for👏🏻 it👏🏻! I have loved and adored The Muppet Christmas Carol since I was 6 years old and saw it in the movie theatre (hi, elder millennial here), and I have been looking forward to making a video about this movie since I started a youtube channel.
Here's the thing, not only do I think that The Muppet Christmas Carol is the best version of a Christmas Carol (second is Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol, btw). The costumes in The Muppet Christmas Carol are also historically accurate. I'm not kidding. It's honestly kind of ridiculous how much research was done for the costumes in this movie. They're muppets. It's a kid's movie. Like...why? (Not that I care, because I am living for the costumes in this movie.)The costume designers, Polly Smith and Ann Hollowood (who worked with Jim Henson for years and years, btw), did incredible research on Victorian fashion, specifically what would have been worn when A Christmas Carol would have taken place (1843).
So, here it is... everything you could ever want to know about the costumes in The Muppet Christmas Carol, from Gonzo to Kermit, Scrooge (Michael Caine, you're amazing) to Fred (mmm plaid pants.) I'm going to analyze the historical accuracy of the costumes from The Muppet Christmas Carol.
...including Belle's Regency Pelisse from the break-up scene, and yes, we're going to rant about how "When Love is Gone" was cut from the movie...
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I also heavily referenced Norah Waugh's Cut of Men's Clothes for period quotes and information since menswear is *not* my strong suit (har har ba-dum diss) https://amzn.to/39pge0Z
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