Clothes from 1930s | Clothes on Film

Posted by Chris Laverty on October 6, 2009

Director Peter Jackson’s big budget King Kong (2005) remake is set, like the original, in 1933 (when filmed). This is slap bang in the middle of America’s Great depression, tasking costume designer Terry Ryan with creating looks that replicate the obvious poverty of the time and the go-for-broke attitude adopted by many for glamorous night time events and parties.

Ryan costumed King Kong heroine Ann Darrow (Naomi Watts) in two distinct categories: New York attire and film within a film outfits, i.e. those worn on board the ship to Skull Island and while on the island itself.

Posted by Chris Laverty on September 18, 2009

Second in a two part journey through the Giorgio Armani fashions of The Untouchables (1987). Sean Connery’s character Malone prefers a more relaxed style of dress to Elliot Ness, as illustrated the first time we see him out of his beat uniform in civvies:

Norfolk jacket in brown twill tweed. Light green shirt with pointed collars and single button cuffs. Red cable knit waistcoat. Brown tweed peaked cap. Dark green loose fitting wool trousers. Black lace-up leather shoes.

Posted by Chris Laverty on September 4, 2009

The Untouchables (1987), director Brian De Palma’s prohibition era Chicago crime thriller, is remembered for, amongst other things, Sean Connery’s accent, the controversial Ennio Morricone score, that Battleship Potemkin scene with the pram, plus a lavish Giorgio Armani designed wardrobe.

And if this is how cops dressed in the 1930s, it’s a wonder anybody wanted to be a gangster.

Posted by Chris Laverty on June 23, 2009

This emerald green dress from Atonement (2007) could be the most famous item of clothing on film in the last decade.


In fact, rather surprisingly, it was recently voted ‘Best Costume of All Time‘ by Sky Movies and readers of In Style; surprising because, despite its multifaceted beauty, there are many other magnificent costumes out there more deserving of the title.