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Clothes on Film Shop Directory: Sherlock & Inglourious

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.

Flashdance (1983)

Jennifer Beals’ ripped grey sweater:

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:

Again these were custom designed for the film. Bottega Veneta probably makes the closest examples now. If you cannot stretch to their prices, try Monsoon for comparable versions.

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.

For stunningly recreated examples try Lock & Co. on James Street in London. HERE is the closest they have to Hopkins’ style. For a topper on a budget give Village Hats a go HERE.

With thanks to Marilyn from Eyeglasses Warehouse for the following info:

Hopkins is wearing a pair of spectacles called ‘stone cutter’ or ‘cinder glasses’. See HERE and HERE.

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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  • josh

    wot would i need exactly and prices if possible to re-creat bradley coopers black on black look from the hangover as i dont want to go hunting on ebay for this

    regards josh

  • Mar

    can you please help me find other clothing from Sherlock Holmes specifically the jacket and hat Downey Jr wears in the scene before Watson is blown up(http://www.99x.com/Portals/8/99X_Blogs/Lamoreaux/sherlock-holmes-2009.jpg) and also id really love a pipe like Sherlock smokes in this new film if anyone can find anything id really appreciate it

  • Leslie

    Im dying to find the boots that Rachel McAdams wore in Sherlock Holmes. Please, help! Thanks!

    http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/xmUyQDcX8Ee/Stars+Set+Sherlock+Holmes/fbON0rhDwCw/Rachel+McAdams

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      Rachel McAdams boots as Adler were made by Pompeii – I would imagine they were custom.

  • Marga

    Hi..I would like to know if there is any shops in London that sell clothing from movies, theatre and all that (Vintage). I have been trying on the net but i guess if there is, you will know!
    Thank you for your time!

    • http://clothesonfilm.com Chris Laverty

      I am afraid there are not any movie clothing stores in London, not that I know of anyway. Most costumes and props from films that are not swiped by the cast and crew are sold at auction or disappear into rotation at the rather more upmarket costume hire shops. Trawling the net for something you are specifically looking for is probably the best option, or else find a close approximation off the peg. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

  • Jean

    I was wondering if you could tell me where to find the black and white striped hat worn by penelope cruz in the movie sahara

  • crystal

    Please email me where to get the dress from Sherlock Holmes!!

  • Julie

    Where can I find the military style boots worn by sami Gayle in the movie Stolen?

  • Stephanie

    Help! I am looking for where I can buy the white cable knit /suede cardigan sweater worn by Kelly Reilly in the movie “Flight!”