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Costume Stories, This Week: Ray Donovan and Batman (1989)

5 July 2014 5:06 AM, PDT

Two weeks of catch up for you.

Phillip Boutte Jr.

This is something special. Tyranny of Style interview costume illustrator Phillip Boutte Jr. featuring some of his fabulous digital renderings from X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Wonder Woman

Apparently ‘exclusive’ costume details for the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, which is due April 2016. Wonder Woman will look ‘badass’.

The Best Movie Sunglasses of All Time

So says Vogue.

Penny Dreadful

Brilliant look at the show’s costume design with insight from Gabriella Pescucci. Love the French impressionists inspiration.


This is kinda cool – clothes retailer Metail have introduced a Cher style style wardrobe selector. We have the technology!


Upcoming Art of Television Costume Design exhibition for your diary. Looks like some of Ellen Mirojnick’s wonderful Behind the Candelabra pieces will be in residence.

Ray Donovan

Video: Two minutes with costume designer Christopher Lawrence on why »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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Why Clothes on Film has been so Quiet Recently

3 July 2014 11:06 PM, PDT

Note from the Editor:

You may have noticed that Clothes on Film has not been updated as frequently recently. We’ve had some excellent analysis and a few strong interviews, but in general content has been considerably lighter than usual. Well there is a reason for this…

I have recently signed my first publishing deal to produce a book about, unsurprisingly, clothes in film. Specifically this will be a book about fashion in film. Apologies if this reads a tad vague; I promise more details will follow in the coming months. I will say now, however, that it is not just another tome describing pretty dresses or sharp suits in movies, nor is it a straightforward textbook only accessible to hardcore costume types and students. It will be a coffee table publication with tons of photos and illustrations, some of which will be exclusive, and all new text, again with exclusive insight, »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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Dressed to Serve: Costume in The Grand Budapest Hotel

3 July 2014 10:06 PM, PDT


From a costume point of view, and therefore a character point of view, The Grand Budapest Hotel (directed by Wes Anderson) is all about uniforms; those worn by men and women in official capacities and those adopted as a life uniform by those trapped in the past. Eccentric La Belle Époque hangover Madame D (Tilda Swinton) is the latter, Moustafa Zero (Tony Revolori), a newly appointed lobby boy in the pinnacle of majestic 1930s hotels, The Grand Budapest, is the former. While Madame D goes nowhere, perhaps because she has already been everywhere, Zero undertakes a journey and evolution of character, which subsequently means his clothing does too. In the grand scheme of Zero’s life it is not a significant costume evolution, but one that bears a mark so significant he chooses never to remove it.

The term lobby boy is not one you will hear much of these days. »

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