The best costumes in film of all time part two

Continuing on from part one of the best costumes in film of all time.

Six: Dumb and Dumber

The greatest suits of all time? I think so. Who can forget this priceless moment in Dumb and DumberHarry and Lloyd have come into some money, or should I say ‘loaned’ some money yet choose to turn up at a fancy pubic event in the brightest, most ridiculous suits you have ever seen. Of course they are brilliant which causes quite a reaction amongst guests unsurprisingly due to the luminous orange/sky blue tuxedos with matching bow ties, top hats and canes. Costume designer Mary Zophres has definitely gone down in comedy film history with these costumes, especially with the interest in hiring replicas for special occasions, like school prom, stag nights, amongst many others … you have to love them. Oh and with the news of a Dumb and Dumber sequel who knows what eccentric costumes Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels will be in!

Seven: Titanic

In 1998, Titanic won an Oscar for Best Costume Design as a result of costume designer Deborah L. Scott creating some spectacular costumes for the film. This dress was worn at a formal dinner with Rose (Kate Winslet), her family and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) but in the scene pictured above, Rose is letting her hair down and showing Jack that she isn’t just a rich girl, but somebody that likes to have fun despite her mum’s disapproval. The beaded evening gown is very luxurious with a lot of hard work and detail going into the process  – the dress distinguished which class Rose was in, especially compared to the threads third-class Jack is wearing. The heavy orange under-skirt and delicate beading on the dress meant Rose required help from maids dressing/undressing which was common amongst women in the early 1900s, especially as many changed four or fives times a day, well those who acquired wealth.

Eight: The Devil Wears Prada

Oh my god, I just LOVE this scene when Andrea (Anne Hathaway) walks in to the office draped in designer clothing much to her co-worker Emily’s (Emily Blunt) dismay – “Are those the … the Chanel boots?” Why yes they are THE Chanel boots, what a moment. Based in a fashion magazine in the centre of New York, who better to be the costume designer than the lady behind the Sex and the City costumes, Patricia Field. Many designers were used in the film to dress the cast including Dolce & GabbanaDonna KaranCalvin KleinValentinoJimmy ChooHermes, Prada and of course Chanel, who were determined to dress Anna Hathaway for the role. Andrea is a writer, she’s not too interested in fashion despite applying for a job at a fashion magazine but has an obvious transformation from not knowing how to spell [Dolce and] Gabanna, to only wearing designer labeled clothes.

Nine: Clueless

Alicia Silverstone’s character Cher Horowitz in Clueless is the perfect example of a 90s high school teenager who appreciates fashion. Costume designer Mona May caught her big break with this film and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much plaid in a film before – there are countless outfit combinations of mini skirts, knee-high socks and mary-jane’s which is commonly known as ‘preppy.’ When Cher’s very own fashion doll Tai (Brittany Murphy) lands on the screen, she is embracing another popular 90s trend – grunge, wearing a baggy band t-shirt and oversized plaid shirt which is very dark and not feminine in the slightest. She is transformed into a double of Cher but if you watch closely, she subtly shows her inner-grunge with cut off denim shorts, Dr. Marten boots and converse trainers but teamed with crop tops and girly blouses therefore still remaining in the fashion conscious Cher clan.

Ten: Batman: The Dark Knight

Another iconic costume in film which is very distinct and easily recognisable is the Joker (Heath Ledger) in The Dark KnightCostume designer Lindy Hemming took inspiration from images of the Joker in past comic books/graphic novels/films which isn’t surprising yet also looked into punk rock clothing. Wanting to make the costume more contemporary to previous works of the Joker, she looked into fashion, mostly eccentric clothing worn by the Sex Pistols, mainly vocalist Johnny Rotten to make the character more realistic, not an amateur costume that would be put on and taken off throughout the film but the practicality that somebody actually dresses like it. Lindy created 25 of these coats for various stages in the film which were altered in the costume-break down department to reflect these stages and the fact that these are the only clothes he owns, therefore needing to look ‘lived in.’

Part three coming soon.

Oscar 2012 – The Artist and Hugo big winners.

So, it’s early evening here in the UK and I haven’t been able to stop yawning or rubbing my eyes all day. This is the after-effects of watching the Oscars or  an ‘Oscar come-down’ if you will. Due to the time difference I tuned in to watch all the glitz and the glamour at 1.30am and went to bed at 5.00am – it was definitely a fall-asleep-as-soon-as-your-head-touches-the-pillow moment once it had finished. Before you start to get annoyed with my feel-sorry-for-me routine I will swiftly move on and inform you of all the winners (and losers) of this year’s Academy Awards.

The winners are in bold.

Best Picture

The Artist

War Horse

The Tree of Life


The Descendants

Midnight in Paris

The Help


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist

Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Best Actor

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Demian Bichir – A Better Life

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

George Clooney – The Descendants

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actress

Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis – The Help

Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer – Beginners

Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Nick Nolte – Warrior

Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer – The Help

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation – Iran

Bullhead – Belgium

Footnote – Israel

In Darkness – Poland

Monsieur Lazhar – Canada

Best Animation


A Cat in Paris

Chico and Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Best Original Screenplay

Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen

The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

Margin Call – JC Chandor

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Hugo – John Logan

The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

Moneyball – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin.

Tinker Tailor Solider Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

Best Art Direction

Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2

Midnight in Paris

War Horse

Best Cinematography

Hugo – Robert Richardson

The Artist

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Sound Mixing

Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Sound Editing

Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

War Horse

Best Original Song

Man or Muppet, from The Muppets – music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie

Real in Rio from Rio – music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Original Score

The Artist – Ludovic Bource

The Adventures of Tintin


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

Real in Rio from Rio – music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown and lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Costume Design

The Artist – Mark Bridges



Jane Eyre


Best Documentary Feature


Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory


Best Documentary Short

Saving Face

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

God is the Bigger Elvis

Incident in New Baghdad

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Film Editing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

The Artist

The Descendants



Best Animated Short Film

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore


La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film

The Shore



Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic

Best Visual Effects

Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Make Up

The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J Roy Helland

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

So that’s that. Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is over until 2013, were you happy with the winners? Hugo and The Artist were the winners of the night it seems. The Iron Lady receiving best make-up? Not sure I agree with that – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 2 is definitely a more deserving winner. I completely agreed with The Artist winning best costume design and I loved seeing how happy Jean Dujardin was when he received best actor and even happier when Bret McKenzie won best original song for The Muppets. 

Let me know your thoughts!

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