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From Bum to Italian Stallion: Sylvester Stallone as Rocky

In the very opening scene of Rocky (1976, costume designer Robert Cambel), we see the title character in the ring, bare chested, hands encased in boxing gloves, the picture of sporting violence and masculinity. But this is no more than … 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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The Iron Lady: Costume as Distinction, Gender and Protection

A look at late Margaret Thatcher’s colour specific wardrobe as represented in the film The Iron Lady. Continue reading

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Reading Costume Design in No Country for Old Men

The colours and codes of the costume design in No Country for Old Men. Continue reading

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The Phantom of the Opera: Colour, Character and Costume

The Phantom of the opera demonstrates that the colour, size and shape of a character’s costumes can communicate on a subliminal level. Continue reading