Lately, there has been a minor online debate as to whether a woman in a floor-length gown can command a fleet. This is particularly silly when you consider exactly how much silent movie women accomplished in fluffy dresses, corsets and high heels.
Union spy Anna Q. Nilsson manages to sabotage a strip of railroad track in The Confederate Ironclad whilst wearing a slightly toned-down version of an 1860s frock.
Released on DVD as part of the out of print Treasures from American Film Archives box set. Also available for free and legal streaming courtesy of the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Geraldine Farrar’s peasant garb may not be all that impressive but she is not to be trifled with in Joan the Woman.
Florence Lawrence does pretty well for herself in full renaissance regalia in The Taming of the Shrew.
Ossi Oswalda brings a modern frock to the party in The Oyster Princess, one of the most delightful silent rom-coms ever made.
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