We get a lot of questions at Clothes on Film about where to buy garments similar to those seen in the movies. We always respond, though being as these are listed as comments you may have missed them. As such here is a brief list of the most commonly requested items and where you might seek them out.
It is worth noting that we are not affiliated with any of these companies. We may like some of them, but none are paying us money to send you there. In fact, on arrival, please tell them we sent you. Much obliged.
Buy a plain grey, raglan sleeve cotton jersey sweater and then cut the neckband off with scissors (cut a good couple of inches wider than the band). Give it a tug for that extra bit of stretch and you are good to go. Try THIS one from Crazy Promo.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Black beaded evening gown worn by Diane Kruger:
Diane Kruger’s beaded silk gown was designed as a one off by Anna B. Sheppard (you can read more about it HERE). Finding something exactly the same will be difficult, though there are few dresses currently on the high street that take elements of the beaded gown and add a modern twist.
THIS one from Marks and Spencer nicely replicates the cap sleeve. While THIS dress from Karen Millen is good for recreating the late 1930s-40s trend for bias cuts and lace. For a vintage piece try Posh Girl Vintage or Vintageous (possibly your best option).
Red tiered dress worn by Mélanie Laurent:
This is a striking piece featuring period details such as boxy padded shoulders, bodice darts and a bright red patriotic colour. It has the look of 1940s export couture. THIS dress from Marks and Spencer has the shoulders and sleeves, if not the colour. While THIS dress also from M&S matches the neckline, again though, not the colour. All in all finding anything resembling this unique dress on the high street might be a long shot.
Silver crystal shoes worn by Diane Kruger:
Diane Kruger’s shoes were custom made by a cobbler in Germany. Similar vintage pairs may be a little worse for wear by now. For a modern update try ‘Rox’ at Gina and be sure to extend your overdraft.
Diane Kruger’s beige suede high heeled pumps:
Brad Pitt’s Belstaff jacket:
There has been some controversy over whether or not this jacket actually appears in the movie. It definitely does, along with a few others including an E.T.O (European Theater of Operations) and reefer. The Belstaff is worn for the scene where Aldo Raine and the Basterds break Hugo Stiglitz (Til Schweiger) out of prison.
To coincide with Inglourious Basterds’ release, Belstaff brought out a wax cotton special edition inspired by their one in the movie called the ‘S-Icon’, available HERE. It will cost you £1,100.00 though.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Loose, high waisted trousers worn by Robert Downey Jr as Holmes:
These peaked around 1870, roughly a decade or so before the film is set (the belt is a creative interpretation). Buy a similar style in Lovatt Harris Tweed or medium weight drill called ‘High Rise’ at Old Town.
Stiff collars worn by Jude Law as Dr. Watson:
The detachable stiff collar reached its height (literally) in late 1800s. Oliver Brown in Chelsea, London is a good source for them now. Remember to wear your necktie low enough to expose the collar stud. Try the Vintage Shirt Co. for overhead shirts.
Silk waistcoat as worn by Holmes:
Holmes’ waistcoat looks to be green silk in a small repeating floral pattern. Waistcoats tended to be luxurious and bright around this time. Unlike Watson, Holmes’ waistcoat is not intended to form part of the emerging lounge suit. Note too that it has a stand collar with no lapels. Try Fantasy Waistcoats for a faithful version; their choice is immense.
The Wolfman (2010)
Anthony Hopkins’ Top Hat and Eyeglasses
Anthony Hopkins’ top hat is a high crown ‘topper’ with upturned brim, probably in fur felt with the lining most likely silk. Top hats were the main style of hat worn throughout the 1800s. The height of the crown went up and down until around 1890. After this the bowler became more popular for town wear.
With thanks to Marilyn from Eyeglasses Warehouse for the following info:
Stone cutters would use them to protect their eyes from the chips. Early railway carriages did not have windows so passengers would wear these spectacles to keep the cinder from the coal of the train getting into their eyes.
The Hangover (2009)
The wedding party dinner suits:
We have already covered this film in great detail HERE, but these DJs and Bradley Cooper’s black J. Lindeberg suit are still asked about. Cooper’s suit is unavailable now, so that will be a matter of seeking one out second hand on eBay or somewhere suchlike.
The wedding party dinner suit (or tuxedo if you’re American) is by Boss. All Boss dinner suits come in three or one button. Those used in the film were one button; a single breasted jacket with peaked lapels, worn with white double cuff shirt and black silk necktie (not a bow) in a Windsor knot. THIS is what you are looking for, the Boss Black ‘Cary Grant’ tuxedo.
Remember you won’t find exact replicas of movie costumes in any of these places, but you will hopefully be able to create the ‘look’ with some similar items. Happy hunting.
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