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Recreating the Levi’s Spring Bottom Pants Advert from 1905

Levi’s® Spring Bottom pants are a most fascinating garment. Introduced in 1889 they are essentially jean trousers intended for Victorian (and later Edwardian) gentlemen. This is the first time Levi’s had focused their products on such an audience. Previously their … Continue reading

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Penny Dreadful: Dressing the Monsters of Victorian London

NO SPOILERS Real and mythological, figurative and literal; monsters of all kinds abound in Sky Atlantic’s new period horror series Penny Dreadful. We might expect a skulking figure in a top hat and frock coat to be scary, though who … Continue reading

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Status and Signifiers: Costume in There Will Be Blood

Costume designer Mark Bridges described There Will Be Blood (2007) as his most challenging film, referring to the difficulties he faced in transporting costumes to the remote location in West Texas, after director Paul Thomas Anderson called for a new … Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow: Q&A with Costume Designer Kristin M. Burke

If you watch supernatural cop show Sleepy Hollow on Fox (Universal in the UK), you will definitely know who Kristin Burke is. Her sartorial contribution to the first season has ingrained the series with a handsome, consistent, yet oddly plausible … Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave: Rags and Tatters

We may have to eat our words, but as it stands 12 Years a Slave is unlikely to win the Best Costume Design Oscar. It does tick some of the necessary boxes: it’s period (mid 19th century), features both crinolines … Continue reading

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Peaky Blinders: Q&A with Costume Designer Stephanie Collie

If you’re not watching BBC 2’s gangster western Peaky Blinders, stop reading now and seek it out on iPlayer – there’s still one episode left so you have time to join the party. Peaky Blinders is the slow burning tale … Continue reading

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Dress like a Peaky Blinder

Let’s get this straight: Peaky Blinders is not Boardwalk Empire. It’s a post World War I gangster drama, during roughly the same time period (1919 as opposed to the early 20’s), it’s gritty, features loyal yet warring brothers, is as … Continue reading

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The Lone Ranger: Never take off the Mask

There is not man behind the mask; the mask is The Lone Ranger. Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave Trailer: Fine Fabrics

Fabrics jump out of the screen in this trailer for 12 Years a Slave. Continue reading

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Oz the Great and Powerful: Costume Interview with Gary Jones

We chat to costume designer Gary Jones about his work on Oz the Great and Powerful. Continue reading