Morgana, Aesthetic Anachronisms & The Middle Ages of Decadentism

A look at historically inaccurate costumes in BBC’s Merlin, and why they might be anachronisms yet serve a better purpose in show’s aesthetics.

With her rich costumes, lustrous hair, and pale complexion, she looks the part of a Pre-Raphaelite take on a medieval maiden. While Arthur and the Knights dress in chainmail or simple outfits and Merlin and Gwen dress the parts of servants, Morgana wears silk gowns in various jewel tones and constantly pops out of her surrounding environment. She embodies the color and wealth of the Middle Ages, and transforms her surroundings accordingly.

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