Costume Studies, Creativity, One Night With The King

One Night With The King: Esther’s Wedding Gown

Esther’s Wedding Gown

The Dress

For starters, this gown has so much decoration and embellishment that it really isn’t funny. Trying to decide what was jewelry and what was dress was quite a headache. Can you imagine how hard it would be to wash that?
Though this isn’t one of my favorite gowns, it does have a lot of interesting elements.
Practically every inch of the fabric in this dress is embroidered and embellished with beads or sequins. . . I will not go into the fact that they didn’t have sequins in Biblical Persia . . . after all . . . it’s Hollywood and the costumes are breathtaking even if they aren’t accurate. But I digress.
The sleeves look to be a sheer chiffon with gold flecks. I have no idea what kind of fabric was used on the dress. I really need to learn more about fabrics and embellishment. There is quite a bit of embroidered trim in this dress. If you look at my sketches you can see where the trim is.

The sleeves also end is some sort of point that goes between her fingers. . . you can see that in the picture below.

The bodice features quite a lowcut, wide, scooped neckline. It is fitted under the bust and has a very fitted mid-driff. (I wish I could have seen it when it was being made. I love being able to picture the shape of the pattern pieces as they’re being cut out.)
The neckline is embellished with quite a lot of beadwork as well as beaded fringe. Though I can’t quite make out whether that is actually part of the dress or some piece of jewelry that attaches to it. If you look at the picture below, you can see that the beaded ‘jewelry’ actually ends at the point that it attaches to her little ‘cape’. Yes, I know I’m getting all that technical jargon down. . . just bear with me. ๐Ÿ˜€
In the back, the neckline dips to a very deep V. (You can see where the zipper is if you look thorugh her sheer ‘cape’.
The skirt is quite full. I love the way it moves! It’s fitted at the waist and looks like it has quite a few layers of fabric in it. You can tell when she holds it that there’s quite a lot there.

The veil is made of the same sheer chiffon that the sleeves are. It has a crimson embroidered trim along the edge as well as beaded trim with sequins. The veil is VERY long, as you can see in this picture:

There is some sort of a black beaded headband she wears with it to keep it on. . . I could be wrong, but it looks almost as if it is knit or crocheted with seed beads worked in.


One of my favorite things about this outfit is the cape that drapes from the back of her dress to her wrists. I honestly don’t know another term to use for it — if anyone has a better one, let me know.

Once again, sheer chiffon with gold glitteries. I know, back to technical again. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This piece is attached at two points just behind Esther’s shoulders as well as at her wrists, with quite a lot of fabric drape in between.

I puzzled an puzzled as to what shape this could possibly have been cut out in. . . and though I haven’t had a chance to test it to prove if my theory is correct, I believe it is simply a nice large half circle. It may not be a perfect half circle, as it might be wider to better accent the drape between her shoulders and wrists. I could be wrong about that too.


(This picture just cracks me up . . . if you look at the full size image, you may be able to see why. . . I’ve never seen people look quite so bored at a wedding as the folks Esther is walking past.)

Esther wears quite a bit of jewelry with this ensemble. The neclace is hugely intricate with tons of beading and detail. Then there’s the crown. . . and my favorite, her hairpiece.

I confess that I don’t have the hairpiece quite figured out yet, as there are quite a few details to it and it has little golden chains that come around from behind and fasten to her earrings as well as a piece that looks like it goes from the earrings under her hair and over her head. . . did I lose you yet?

Anyway, I know I missed some details on this dress, so if any of you have any input, I would love to hear it and I would gladly amend this post to include the things you noticed.

Thanks for following and I look forward to your comments on this post!

With the exception of my sketches, all images are copyrighted by Gener8xion Entertainment — all rights belong to them. I am only using the images for costume study purposes and intend no infringement.


21 thoughts on “One Night With The King: Esther’s Wedding Gown”

  1. God know I would pay ANY amount of money to buy or rent that exact dress with hair jewelry, crown, veil, and cloak but to my size. Jeeees! give the talent to somebody, anybody on this earth to make a replica, but an exact replica, same materials, same colors, same hair adornment, everything and sell it!!!! Me! I'm the first client!


  2. Spotting the interest that the clothes in the film have evoked, Samsaara, a high-fashion retailer with a presence in five cities including Dubai and Kuwait, has decided to retail 18 of the dresses designed by the filmร•s costume designer Neeta Lulla.

    The costumes that will be sold are only for women and come with price tags of between Rs 7,000 (?$137 us) and Rs 2 lakh for the lehangas that Aishwarya Rai wore.

    The Costumer's Guide to Movie Costumes


  3. Hello. I love your site. I was looking for others costume breakdowns of the dresses from this film because I like making my own, (not posted on the web, just in my sketch book) and I wanted to see what other people's ideas were.
    I think the “earrings” are actually attached to a loop that just goes over her ear. The earrings are too heavy to wear actually in an ear piercing, and from some close shots in the after the wedding scene it looks like that's what it does. That's my theory anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Thank you Jasminelelani for that WONDERFUL comment. I really liked reading it and found I learned quite a bit. I actually know next to nothing about Indian clothing, but I loved the costumes in the film and hadn't seen anyone else doing costume studies of them.

    How wonderful on the themed wedding. Do you have a blog and will you be posting pictures? I'd love to see what you come up with!

    In a way you might say the gown bears resemblance to a Kirtle. I can see that.

    Thank you again!


  5. I just wanted to thank you for posting so much detail on these costumes. I'm in LOVE!
    I might be planning a Ren/fantasy themed wedding soon, so this helps me a ton.
    As for this and her other costumes. The fabric is definately Indian in origin. The designer is named Neeta Lulla. She's designed for such eye candy as Jodha Akbar (A bollywood film that will make your eyes melt in pleasure!).

    I'm no expert, but from my own research I can tell you that the Jewelry itself has alot of “Kundan” elements. Kundan is a traditional Indian way of setting gemstones in their jewelry (it's very distinctive, you'll note if you google it). A ton of her Jewelry is all Indian style (or inspired), especially the diamond and gem medallions (like on the front of her crown, and her huge necklace).
    The earrings like to be styled after jhumka styled earrings. Which are often attached by a similarly styled chain that attaches into the hair or to even a Naith or nose ring!
    Her's seems to attached to her hairpeice, LOVE IT!
    If you watch the Bollywood Movie DEVDAS, Ashwariya Rai wears a Particularly beautiful Black Sari (all of them make me drool) where she wears her hair up in the back with a similar type of Hairpeice as does Ester in this gown.

    I can also say the Veil seems to fit certain Indian Styles, but my gosh they have so many to pick from!!!

    On the other hand, is it just me, or does the gown itself remind of a Kirtle. Tight sleeves with a tight bodice that flairs down to a skirt.
    I've seen a few Renaissance gowns that look similar and were considered Kirtles.
    Once again thank you for sharing, and if you have any more detailed images of this gown (though you've provided so many) please don't hesitate to share (or your ideas of how it was made).



  6. Jeanette: Try looking into the Indian Traditional dresses. You won't find one exactly like this, as it was created for a movie, but maybe you can find something close enough.
    Sorry I couldn't be more help.

    Thanks for visiting!


  7. Hey Patrice – I'm afraid this is just a costume study from a movie – I don't actually make them. You could always look up the Choli style of Indian Dresses and see if you can't find something you like for sale. I'm really sorry that I can't help you more with this.
    Thanks for visiting and for the comment!


  8. Thank you ladies for the comments!

    Anonymous – I'm not an expert at makeup – but if you want, I can try doing a breakdown of her look. . . just let me know!

    Kaitlyn – Thanks for that information! I'm not very familiar with the names of Indian styles – but I'm definitely interested. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks again!


  9. Hey Bethany,
    Yes, I do plan on doing both of those costumes as they are two of my absolute favorites. It's a pity they're only there for one scene each.

    I haven't had time to do them recently, but as you have such an interest, I'll definitely bump that nearer the top of my to do list. ๐Ÿ˜€ I was working on the study for the one with the confrontation with Haman. I'll have to check my pictures and see which one the cream colored one is. Keep an eye out, I'll get back to work on these!


  10. Hi, I just ran into your blog looking for costume info on these gorgeous costumes. I love what you're doing here, the info and drawings you provide are AWESOME!!

    I would love love love to see the info on Esther's blue dress which she wears for one brief scene with the king during that kind of human chess game; and also the cream colored one with pink sleeves that is only worn once when she is walking down the hallway and and has that confrontation with Mordecai. Any chance you'll be doing either of those??? It would be AMAZING if you did!!


  11. No kidding . . . actually I think the phrase time consuming might be an understatement with this one. ๐Ÿ˜€ I'm sure they had some way of making it that took a lot less time than it would take me. It would take me F O R E V E R.
    But, I have to admit to being quite interested in the embellishment.

    Thanks for commenting and for being one of my followers!


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