I am Love_Tilda Swinton red dress 3 c_cap © 2015 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

Beautiful Oppression: Tilda Swinton in I am Love

From stills of this film alone you could easily be forgiven in thinking that I am Love (Io sono l’amore, 2009) was set during the 1960s. The designer clothes draped worn by lead members of the Recchi family, as selected … Continue reading

I Am Legend © 2015 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

The Fabric of Film: Tough Guy Wear

In honour of The Times’ film critic Kevin Maher’s list of iconic movie rebels, we take a look at what it truly takes to make a tough guy in cinema. What constitutes a tough guy, as in ‘man’, on film … Continue reading

kinopoisk.ru © 2014 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

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

Rocky_1976_Sylvester Stallone tracksuit main_cap © 2014 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

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

The Last of Us_Ellie gun, Joel wallpaper_Image credit Sony Computer Entertainment-001 © 2013 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

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

Smooth Talk_Laura Dern corset top front_cap_crop © 2013 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

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

Kramer vs Kramer_Meryl Streep trench coat full park_cap-001 © 2013 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

Kramer vs. Kramer: Meryl Streep in a Burberry Trench Coat

Meryl Streep’s timeless Burberry trench coat is one of the most recognisable contemporary costumes of 1970s. Continue reading

Lawless_Tom Hardy side_Image credit The Weinstein Company-001 © 2012 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

Tom Hardy in Lawless: The Knitwear Anti-Hero

Tom Hardy heralds dawning of the knitwear anti-hero. Margot Wilson discusses her use of the cardigan for Lawless. Continue reading

Pillow Talk_Doris Day_red hat top © 2012 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

Doris Day in Pillow Talk: Couture Allure

Doris Day’s last hurrah for 1950s fashion wearing some of the most exquisite costumes ever seen on screen. Continue reading

Reservoir Dogs_group walk intro-1 © 2012 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

Reservoir Dogs: Gangster Silhouette

Betsy Heimann chats exclusively about one of the most iconic costumes of the 1990s. Continue reading

Do the Right Thing_Spike Lee, Richard Edson, Samuel L Jackson hat_cap-1 © 2012 Contributor. All rights reserved.

Style & Identity in Do the Right Thing

Ruth E. Carter’s work on Do the Right Thing is a masterclass in how costume can influence the look and feel of a film. Continue reading

Crazy. Stupid, Love_Ryan Golsing stripe shirt, Steve Carell_Image credit Warner Bros.-1 © 2012 Lord Christopher Laverty. All rights reserved.

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Suits and 407s

Crazy, Stupid Love is every inch the ‘fashion film’, both in terms of narrative and costume designer Dayna Pink’s elegant menswear styling. Continue reading