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    19 Outfits From History That Movies And TV Shows Tried To Emulate

    1917 didn't use original World War I helmets because they turned out to be too small for modern heads.

    1. The skating costume Tonya Harding wears when she becomes the first American woman to land a triple axel in a competition during my personal favorite movie, I, Tonya.

    Tonya Harding wearing a skating outfit

    And Tonya Harding wearing the skating costume in real life.

    Tonya Harding wearing a skating outfit

    This look is one of the only skating outfits in I, Tonya that costume designer Jennifer Johnson didn't try to replicate exactly, but all that actually means is Johnson added silver to the underside of Harding's skirt.

    Tonya Harding wearing a skating outfit

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    2. Elton John's dazzling Dodgers uniform in Rocketman.

    Elton John performing while wearing a jeweled baseball outfit

    And Elton John's dazzling Dodgers uniform in real life.

    Elton John performing while wearing a jeweled baseball outfit

    Rocketman costume designer Julian Day decided to "amp it up" for the film.

    Elton John performing while wearing a jeweled baseball outfit in the film

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    3. Queen Elizabeth's dress for her coronation on The Crown.

    Queen Elizabeth in a gown

    And Queen Elizabeth's dress for her coronation in real life.

    Queen Elizabeth in a gown, a fur coat, and a crown

    Though the show's dress is, in fact, an exact replica of Queen Elizabeth's outfit from her coronation, it was not created by The Crown.

    Queen Elizabeth in a gown on The Crown

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    4. Muhammad Ali's boxing outfit on February 25, 1964, in One Night in Miami...

    Muhammad Ali boxing

    And Muhammad Ali's boxing outfit on February 25, 1964, in real life.

    Muhammad Ali boxing

    The film's costume designer, Francine Jamison-Tanchuck, said, "I wanted to make sure that I was respectful to these gentlemen, through their costumes."

    Muhammad Ali having won the boxing match

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    5. The pink outfit First Lady Jackie Kennedy wears on the day her husband is fatally shot in Jackie.

    Jackie Kennedy in a suit

    And the pink outfit First Lady Jackie Kennedy wore on the day her husband was fatally shot in real life.

    Jackie Kennedy in a suit

    Five versions of the outfit were made for Jackie.

    Jackie Kennedy in a suit

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    6. The British World War I uniform worn by Lance Corporal William Schofield in 1917.

    Lance Corporal William Schofield standing in a trench in his uniform with other uniformed soldiers around him

    And a real-life British World War I uniform, in a picture most likely taken between 1915 and 1917.

    Walter Tull wearing a World War I uniform

    Costume designer Jacqueline Durran had merely 12 weeks to figure out 1917's costumes, which not only needed to be accurate World War I uniforms, but also had to work in a film that was meant to appear as one long take.

    Lance Corporal William Schofield running

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    7. Queen Victoria's wedding dress in The Young Victoria.

    Queen Victoria wearing an elaborate dress

    And an engraving of Queen Victoria's real-life wedding dress.

    Queen Victoria and prince Albert returning from their marriage service

    Queen Victoria's diaries were used for research on the film.

    Queen Victoria and Prince Albert getting married in the movie

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    8. Selena Quintanilla's purple jumpsuit in Selena.

    Selena performing in a jumpsuit

    And Selena Quintanilla's purple jumpsuit in real life.

    Selena performing in a jumpsuit

    The textile store that had the materials for Selena's real-life look still had the materials for the film to utilize.

    Selena performing in a jumpsuit in the film

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    9. The uniforms worn by the "liquidators," or "bio-robots," in Chernobyl. ("Liquidators" and "bio-robots" are what the people who cleared the nuclear power station's roof of graphite were actually called.)

    Chernobyl liquidators on the roof

    And the uniforms worn by the "liquidators" or "bio-robots" in Chernobyl in real life.

    Chernobyl liquidators on the roof

    For the liquidators/bio-robots, Chernobyl's costume designer, Odile Dicks-Mireaux, and her team made all the "lead" out of aluminum.

    A Chernobyl liquidator on the roof on the show

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    10. This costume Billie Holiday wears while on trial in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

    Billie Holiday wearing a skirt suit during trial

    And Billie Holiday at the US Commissioners Office, on the day she is read the charge for heroin possession.

    Billie Holiday wearing a skirt suit near a court room

    Lee Daniels, director of The United States vs. Billie Holiday, wanted a high-fashion, runway talent involved in the film's costume design.

    Billie Holiday wearing a skirt suit during trial in the film

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    11. Mister Rogers's classic ensemble in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

    Fred Rogers dressed in sneakers, pants, a shirt and tie, and a sweater

    And Mister Rogers's classic ensemble in real life.

    Fred Rogers wearing a red sweater on his show

    Fred Rogers's widow invited members of the movie's costume department to her home.

    Fred Rogers dressed in sneakers, pants, a shirt and tie, and holding a sweater in the film

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    12. Billie Jean King's outfit for an interview in Battle of the Sexes...

    Billie Jean King posing with her tennis racket in the air

    13. Plus Bobby Riggs's outfit for an interview in Battle of the Sexes.

    Bobby Riggs posing with his tennis racket in the air

    And Billie Jean King's and Bobby Riggs's outfits for an interview in real life.

    Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at a press conference

    At least part of both outfits were fully made for the film.

    Billie Jean king and Bobby Riggs posing with their tennis rackets touching

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    14. The NASA uniforms worn by the astronauts in Apollo 13.

    Fred Haise, Jack Swigert, and Jim Lovell wearing their NASA uniforms in the space shuttle

    The NASA uniforms worn by the astronauts of the real-life Apollo 13.

    Fred Haise, Jack Swigert, and Jim Lovell wearing NASA uniforms in real life

    Though, naturally, the movie's NASA astronaut uniforms needed to be accurate, some alterations were made for the reproductions.

    Fred Haise, Jack Swigert, and Jim Lovell wearing their NASA uniforms in the space shuttle in the film

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    15. Stephen Hawking's wedding attire in The Theory of Everything...

    16. Plus Jane Hawking's wedding attire in The Theory of Everything.

    Jane Hawking wearing a wedding dress

    And Stephen Hawking and Jane Hawking's wedding attire in real life.

    At a party in 1963, before I was diagnosed with ALS, I met Jane Wilde. We were in love and got married in 1965.

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    Though Jane Hawking offered the film her real wedding dress, it was not used.

    Steve Hawking and Jane Hawking wearing a suit and a wedding dress, respectively, on their wedding

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    17. Jackie Robinson's legendary Dodgers baseball uniform in 42.

    Jackie Robinson wearing his Dodgers uniform

    And Jackie Robinson's legendary Dodgers baseball uniform in real life.

    Jackie Robinson wearing his Dodgers uniform

    Like every baseball uniform in 42, Robinson's famous attire was made by Seattle company Ebbets Field Flannels, whose retail office, according to Google Maps, is only a half-mile walk from T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field).

    Jackie Robinson wearing his Dodgers uniform in the film

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    18. Judy Garland's floral stage dress in Judy.

    Judy Garland in a long sleeve dress

    And Judy Garland performing in a very similar dress (that, come on, the dress in Judy is absolutely based on) in real life.

    Judy Garland in a long sleeve dress

    For Judy's stage outfits, costume designer Jany Temime said, "Rupert [Goold, the director] wanted things that you could see from the last row."

    Judy Garland in a long sleeve dress on the film's poster

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.

    19. Finally, Princess Diana's wedding dress on The Crown.

    Princess Diana's wedding dress on The Crown

    And Princess Diana's wedding dress in real life.

    Princess Diana and Prince Charles at Saint Paul's Cathedral

    When Emma Corrin (playing Princess Diana on The Crown), walked out in the dress, everyone went silent.

    Princess Diana walking away in her wedding dress on The Crown

    Here are the fiction and nonfiction side by side.