It was quite frankly, a goosebump-raising episode, with its horror elements (the ghost bride and her bloody lips) along with the socialist and science factors of the time containing certain references to the modern era that confuse you, only to make sense later (A classic Sherlock move). The story, however, is a little vague.
Before audiences get to know Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange' on the big screen, it's worth noting that the British actor was entertaining viewers on the small screen with his enigmatic portrayal of a modern day 'Sherlock Holmes' in the BBC's Sherlock. In the 2016 special episode, between the show's third and fourth seasons, the infamous detective was transported back to Victorian England, the time period where Arthur Conan Doyle's literary creation was originally set.Original costumes from Sherlock: The Abominable BrideWith a clever plot device, Sherlock was able to flashback to the past from its contemporary setting, and Costume Designer Sarah Arthur and Assistant Costume Designer/Costume Supervisor Ceri Walford were able to dress Benedict Cumberbatch in the Baker Street detective's iconic deerstalker hat.These Victorian style costumes were photographed on display at the 10th Art of TV Costume Design exhibition at Downtown L.A.'s FIDM Museum on August 9, 2016.Plus for another take on the fictional hero's look, be sure to also check out Robert Downey Jr.'s film costume from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows from 2011.The Abominable Bride costume worn by Catherine McCormackas Lady Carmichael in SherlockThis spooky vintage veiled wedding dress would make for a cool Halloween costume, and if you like this gown, be sure to check out these other bridal looks, including this Father of the Bride wedding dress, Claire Randall's Outlander wedding gown, this ugly wedding dress from Bridesmaids and even Miss Piggy's Vivienne Westwood wedding dress from Muppets Most Wanted.What do you think your Halloween costume will be this year, a ghostly bride or a classic deerstalker-wearing Sherlock Holmes?
The Victorian London setting is the best thing about "The Abominable Bride." It takes characters we're familiar with in one context, then plops them down in a context we're familiar with for entirely different reasons. And the first half, while a little overwrought (typical for Sherlock), is a fair amount of fun, as Holmes and Watson dance around the idea that the men of London seem to be dying at the hands of a forlorn bride's vengeful ghost. 2b1af7f3a8