Outrageous Old Hollywood Costumes Worn by Rule-Breaking Women

Big gown, don't care.

Earlier this week, website Dangerous Minds highlighted some of the wild costumes worn by progressive Hollywood bad girl Mae West. The 1920s women’s lib and gay rights supporter found herself wearing outlandish get-ups that only an icon of her stature could pull off. We feature some of those looks below, along with other outrageous costumes worn by old Hollywood rule-breakers. Before censorship laws took hold of Tinseltown, the pre-Code era featured films that included plenty of sex, controversial subject matter, and empowered women. The larger-than-life costumes matched the time period — and in these photos, nary a f*ck was given by any woman.