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Star Wars: Interview with Michael Kaplan

Surely we all know Michael Kaplan by now? Flashdance (1983), Fight Club (1999), Burlesque (2010), Star Trek (2009), and the biggest of the big, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Versatile is not a generous enough word for his talent; he … Continue reading

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Costumes Awaken

SPOILERS Ahead of a detailed interview with Star Wars: The Force Awakens costume designer Michael Kaplan (currently hard at work on Episode VIII), we take a brief look at his undeniable achievement in bringing the 1970s – early 80’s back … Continue reading

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Four Slices of Costume Pie from the Star Wars VII Trailer

There is little point in Clothes on Film delving too deeply into the first trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel The Force Awakens, mainly because it is just so much speculation at the moment, which of course is … Continue reading

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Style Icon of the Season: Cousin Eddie in Christmas Vacation

He is the whitest of the white trash, the kind of man who dumps raw sewage in a storm drain and kidnaps your boss as a Christmas present. And the only man to ever combine a leather belt with a … Continue reading

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The Catwalk of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

When you are costuming the biggest franchise release of the year and creating a capsule range to run alongside it for a major online retailer, it is clear a normal approach to the task is not going to work. Ex-stylist … Continue reading

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Costume Stories: This Week, Look of Love and Man of Steel

The week’s costume stories and links. Continue reading

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Costume Stories: This Week, Arrested Development & Star Wars

This week’s other costume design stories and links. Continue reading

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Costume Designer Michael Kaplan on Star Trek Into Darkness

Michael Kaplan gives Clothes on Film the lowdown on his Star Trek Into Darkness costumes. Continue reading

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Star Trek Into Darkness: The Devil is in the Details

Spoiler warning: The costume clues and details of Star Trek Into Darkness. Continue reading

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Fight Club: Remembering Marla, the Dark Tourist

Costume designer Michael Kaplan reminisces with Clothes on Film about creating dark tourist Marla Singer in Fight Club.
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FilmCraft: Costume Design – A New Book by Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Not the only book you should buy about costume design, but probably the best. Continue reading

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Hollywood Costume Exhibition Coming to V&A

Hollywood costume comes to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum in the most exciting exhibition of its type ever announced. Continue reading