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The aim of Clothes on Film is to examine costume and identity in movies, featuring detailed articles on outfits, reviews, news and exclusive interviews. Got a costume question? Refer to the ‘Note’ section below.


Site creator and editor Christopher Laverty has just written his first book ‘Fashion in Film’ looking at the role of fashion designers in creating famous movie costumes. Published by Laurence King. Buy a copy HERE.

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Clothes on Film features in the book ‘Hollywood Costume’ by Deborah Nadoolman Landis – a chapter entitled ‘Afterlife: Ensuring the Enduring Interest of a Web Audience’. Buy a copy HERE

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Launched mid 2009, Clothes on Film has since been selected as Internet Pick of the Week by The Guardian, endorsed by Ralph Lauren, nominated as Total Film Blog of the Year and Cosmopolitan magazine, and is currently one of Channel 4’s Best Fashion Blogs. Author and vintage stylist Naomi Thompson describes Clothes on Film as ‘The best website I have found for cinematic referencing’. Film Comment had this to say: ‘Drawing on the wealth of precise vocabulary available to both fashion and film, the rewarding site’s diverse stable of contributors write about both disciplines in an articulate manner that is intelligible to a person versed in neither’. And Grazia Italy quite likes us, too.

Clothes on Film’s creator and editor Christopher Laverty was recently a guest on BBC 4’s The Film Programme discussing costume design, plus interviewed by Lauren Laverne for her BBC 6 Music show and on HBO television chatting about Boardwalk Empire. Clothes on Film broke the Black Swan costume credit story with our exclusive interview. Also featured on Paris Vogue, GQ, New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, New York Magazine, Elle, NBC, Huffington Post, Empire, Harper’s Bazaar, The Daily Telegraph, Nylon magazine, CHUD.com, Le Monde, and The Independent.

Here are two delightful reviews of Clothes on Film by Real Men Real Style (video) and à la mode, plus an interview with the editor by Deena Appel for The Costume Designer.

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Christopher Laverty. I created Clothes on Film and write most of what you read on here. I’ve been featured on HBO television, BBC radio, live for Orange Film Night, plus written for countless mags and websites including MR PORTER, Stylist, Moviescope and Empire (see Press page). My favourite drink is a Gibson, if you’re buying. Here’s me interviewed about my personal style, movies and men’s fashion by Keikari. I am currently writing a book about fashion in film due to be published early 2016. Contact: [email protected] to hire me.

For more information about what I do click HERE.


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Bonnie Radcliffe has worked in a variety of roles in costume for film, television and theatre. Loves clothes and is fascinated by people, especially the way clothes can create a living, breathing character.

Kristin M. Burke. LA Based award winning movie costume designer and author. Buy her Handmade baby quilts & ‘panty hampers’ HERE

Jill Burgess writes Everything Just So, a blog focusing on fashion exhibits in New York City. Her favorite fashion eras are the 20’s, 30’s and 60’s. She had a seamstress make a copy of the hot pink William Travilla-designed gown Marilyn Monroe wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to wear to her high school prom. She lives and obsesses about clothes and costumes in Brooklyn, NY. Contact thru: twitter.com/#!/jillburgess815

Sarah H. Specialises in musicals. Lover of vintage clothes, shoes, hats, handbags and make-up.

Simon Kinnear. Freelance contributor to Total Film and also has his own movie blog. Contract thru: twitter.com/kinnemaniac

Adam Batty. Creator and editor of Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second. Expert in French cinema. Contact thru twitter.com/adamhopelies

Guest posts:

Matt Spaiser, Jill Burgess, Amber Butchart, Dr. Deirdre Clemente, Aisling O’Connor, Ashley Clark, Katy Werlin, Limara Salt, Louise Junker, Abbey Bender, Josie Sampson, Dallas King, Neil Alcock, Lesley Holmes, Lisa Magnuson, Suzanne Rowland, Kristin Koga, Aurélie Coulibaly, Corinna Tomrley, Sara Bivigou, Maggie Costumer’s Guide, Brenda Hineman, Ben McCarthy, Kate Snowden, Gilly Laverty.

If you would like to contribute an article to the site about your favourite costume(s) in a movie, please contact editor [email protected] – hopefully we can put something together.




Generally we cannot go searching for ‘that blue tie Brad Pitt wears’ in such-and-such, simply because a) it’s not really the point of the site and b) there are not enough hours in the day. ‘We’ for the most part means ‘I’ – as in site editor Christopher Laverty. However, if it is a big ask, send an email or leave a comment. I will do what I can. Just saying please goes a long way.

Copyright Notice:

All written content and screencaps © 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Christopher Laverty. Photo images used under license. On republishing a screencap(s) you MUST provide a link to the original post. No articles to be republished without prior permission.