Crimson Peak’s Gorgeous Costumes Make Us Want to Live in a Gothic Mansion

Minus the ghosts and creepy sister-in-law, of course

It’s possible that Halloween’s proximity may be making us more excited than normal about the exquisite Victorian-era costumes in Guillermo del Toro’s latest work Crimson Peak, but seriously: lace collars, velvet, ruffles—what’s not to love?

The film, which is in theaters today, is officially a “gothic romance,” not a horror flick, according to del Toro. But whatever you call it, the movie looks like the perfect excuse to see Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain rock some terrifyingly awesome gowns invented by costume designer Kate Hawley.

We’re especially into the luxurious red number Chastain wears to a cocktail party early the film and Wasikowska’s balloon-sleeved nightgown. (Although it should be noted that if you’re running from ghosts in a haunted mansion, a simple slack is a far more practical choice.)

While wearing a full empire-waist velvet dress might draw stares in your office any day that isn’t October 31st, the Victorian era (or Victorian era-adjacent) look seems to be everywhere these days, thanks to shows like Penny Dreadful and The Knick. 

Here are a few of our favorites: