Southern Gothic Fashion in Pop Culture


The Southern Gothic genre is a rich space for authors and filmmakers to play where the grotesque, eccentric, and atmospheric thrive. Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, her pastel-colored remake of Clint Eastwood’s film of the same name, hit theaters this weekend. We recently read an interview with the film’s costume designer Stacey Battat, who discussed the intricate details Coppola wanted for the movie’s fashion (about 90 percent of the costumes were made by hand, for example). Inspired by Coppola’s sartorial choices, we created a visual diary that shows how other directors styled actors and performers in Southern Gothic-inspired stories throughout pop culture.

Angel Heart

Baby Doll

The Night of the Hunter

Wise Blood

A Streetcar Named Desire

Toys in the Attic

Summer and Smoke

The Neon Bible

The Gift

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Eve’s Bayou

The Paperboy

Suddenly, Last Summer

The Long, Hot Summer

Beyoncé – Lemonade

American Horror Story: Coven