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The Star Wattage of Mildred Pierce (1945)

The 1945 cinematic adaptation of Mildred Pierce, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring, of course, Joan Crawford, is a very different beast to the 2011 HBO mini-series starring Kate Winslet. In all honestly it is not as good, but more … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: A Contemporary Costume Evolution

Doctor Who, the quirky British sci-fi television series about a time travelling alien and his friends, premiered in 1963. Since then there have been twelve Doctors (and a War Doctor), each with their own unique looks to match their unique … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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National Treasure 2: Diane Kruger’s Costume Quest

Judianna Makovsky demonstrates that contemporary fashion with a plot is far more fun than a flick through Vogue. Continue reading

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Arthur: Trailer No. 2. Brace Yourself

A second trailer for Arthur starring Russell Brand in a top hat has arrived. Can the film possibly be as likeable as this footage implies? Continue reading

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Boardwalk Empire: Why Men Should Embrace the Dandy Man

Boardwalk Empire heralds the return of the dandy man. Continue reading

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Sean Connery in Dr. No: The Template For 007

Matt Spaiser, creator of The Suits of James Bond blog, analyses the style of 007 in the film that started it all – Dr. No. Continue reading

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Ice Cold Movie Posters Inspired by Male Costume

Moxy Creative has designed a super cool collection of movie posters based on iconic male costume. Continue reading

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Sherlock Holmes Costume Guide Part 2: Tweed Suits and Ulsters

Final part of our analysis of Sherlock Holmes complete with insight from costume designer Jenny Beavan. Continue reading