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Brigbsy Bear: Interview with Costume Designer Sarah Mae Burton

Brigsby Bear tells the bizarre yet charming tale of a young man, James Pope (Kyle Mooney), who was kidnapped as a baby and subsequently released into the world many years later with no knowledge of it beyond a non-existent kids … Continue reading

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Brigsby Bear: Interview with Suit Creators Stoopid Buddy Stoodios

Despite being set in the present day, the world of Brigsby Bear (2017, directed by Dave McCary) is a cosy 1980s nostalgia affair. Most of what we see either comes from or belongs to another time. It is a very … Continue reading

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Cinema Paradiso: Invisible Costume

Cinema Paradiso is a beautiful examination of the relationship human beings have with film. This connection is explored through the story of a young boy and his friendship with the projectionist at the town’s local cinema. The strength of this … Continue reading

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Internal Affairs: A Black and White World

Internal Affairs (1990) is an excellent stone cold thriller. The costumes are a subtle tease, revealing personal information that the characters never say out loud. Like many movies released in the late 1980s/1990s, Internal Affairs radiates uneasiness caused by shifting … Continue reading

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Tailoring The Wolf of Wall Street

There is a problem with the costumes in The Wolf of Wall Street, and it has nothing to do with the film itself but the coverage they have received. Namely, that this coverage is incorrect. Articles such as this one … Continue reading

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The Bloody Sartorialist: Christian Bale in American Psycho

American Psycho (2000, costume designer Isis Mussenden) is a late 1980s set film that highlights the importance placed on external appearance and the disparity that can lie between this and the true nature of a person. The ‘Psycho’ of the … Continue reading

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Smooth Talk: “Tomorrow Night I’ll Wear the Halter”

Moments of sartorial significance, and that glimmer of recognition that we feel upon seeing an onscreen outfit worn more than once are found throughout Smooth Talk, Joyce Chopra’s underseen 1986 adaptation of a Joyce Carol Oates short story. The film … Continue reading

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Costume, Colour and Semiotics of Heathers

Filmmaker and costume designer Sophie Black recounts her personal interpretation of Heathers, a film defined by vivid visual interpretation. It is just a coincidence that the first time I saw Michael Lehmann’s Heathers (1988) was within hours of the first … Continue reading

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The Look of Love: Q&A with Costume Designer Stephanie Collie

As is often the way with costume designers, Stephanie Collie is something of an unsung hero. We will not reel off her entire back catalogue, but it does include South Riding (2011, TV), Telstar (2008) Peter’s Friends (1992) and perhaps … Continue reading

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The Grifters: Be Careful What You Wear – Part 2

Second and final part of our retrospective of The Grifters with insight from Mark Bridges. Continue reading

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Anchorman 2 Trailer: Ron and Friends Meet the 80’s

The first trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues steps from the 70’s to the 80’s in vivid style. Continue reading

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The Grifters: Be Careful What You Wear

First in our two part retrospective of neo-noir classic The Grifters with exclusive insight from the film’s assistant costume designer Mark Bridges. Continue reading