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Sons of Anarchy: Costume Identity and the Outlaw

Sons of Anarchy portrays the fictionalised world of an outlaw motorcycle club; although the plots are dramatic in the extreme, many of the details are firmly based in realism, including the costuming. Series creator Kurt Sutter has described it as … 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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Suit Yourself: Elliot Gould in The Long Goodbye

Newly released on collectable Blu-ray, The Long Goodbye (1973, directed by Robert Altman) is the kind of film you feel ashamed for not watching more often. Starring Elliot Gould as Raymond Chandler’s pulp private dick Phillip Marlowe, this is a … Continue reading

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Realism through Identity: Clothing in The Last of Us

If you have played The Last of Us on Playstation 3 it has likely ruined video gaming for you. The world created is so vivid and believable that every game afterward just feels dated and empty. Throughout, The Last of … Continue reading

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Working Girl: The Culture of Power Dressing

Costume designer Ann Roth’s template for Working Girl (1988, directed by Mike Nichols) is especially astute with regards to the social and geographical make up of its characters. Protagonist Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is a homely girl raised and living … 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 Look of Love: Dressing the No-Body Body

How changing body shapes can affect the appearance of period costume. Continue reading

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Argo: Interview with Costume Designer Jacqueline West

Costume designer Jacqueline West talks exclusively to Clothes on Film about her period recreation work on Ben Affleck’s Oscar favourite Argo. Continue reading

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Costume Clues Reveal All in The Cabin in the Woods

Costume in The Cabin in the Woods is not grand, but it is very clever. All the teenage characters subtly evolve from one horror stereotype to another. Continue reading

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Argo Buy a Sports Jacket: The Thinking Man’s Hero Attire

Ben Affleck’s pseudo-cowboy costume in Argo harks back to the golden age of the sports jacket. Continue reading