15+ Costume Details That We’re Very Sure That You Didn’t Notice

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Movie-making involves a lot of subtle details. The cast, props, crew, and even food have to be so on point with the script that it makes the production flow a smoother process. And not to forget the costumes involved, the designers deliver such genius work at times, that they hide many Easter eggs for the fans to reveal. We’ve found a few too and would love to share with you below.

1. Marilyn Monroe’s subtle outfit details

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The legendary white dress moment of Marilyn Monroe was featured in the movie The Seven Year Itch. In the scene, she has put on two sets of underwear. The shot surely became famous, but her husband, Joe DiMaggio didn’t like it. They broke up because of the dress.

This orange dress of Marilyn on the right was showcased in the movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The outfit was made of chiffon which boned over the waist and hips and eventually finished under the arm. It was beautifully beaded down the center and the bustline, had a zip in the front, and bore a beaded stole along too.

2. Sleepy Hollow — Katrina’s dress

At the end of Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow (1999) Christina Ricci’s dress is made to look like the suit that Beetlejuice wears, from Beetlejuice (1988), another Tim Burton film.

3. Titanic — Rose’s dress

At the beginning of the movie, you see Rose dressed in a red dress covered with black lace. This depicts her character: she is fierce but has to hide it because of societal norms. She wears the same dress in the same design but in white. This denotes that there are no more issues between Jack and Rose.

4. The Dark Knight Rises — the mask

In The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Bruce did not wear a mask during the masked ball scene. This is because he considers Batman to be his true identity and “Bruce Wayne” to be his disguise in public. When Selina asked him, “Who are you pretending to be? ” he replied, “Bruce Wayne, eccentric billionaire.”

5. Back to the Future — Marty’s badge

In Back to the Future, Marty is wearing an unusual badge that is a logo from a Soviet art and design exhibition that was held at London’s Hayward Gallery from February to April in 1971.

The thing is, at the time, many directors, including Steven Spielberg (the executive producer of Back to the Future) and George Lucas, really respected the freedom of expression in Soviet cinema. Maybe, they used the badge to show what they thought, even though they were limited by the constraints of the genre.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 — Harry and Neville’s outfits

“In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, Harry and Neville wore similar clothes during the Battle of Hogwarts to their fathers in an old picture.” — © agentma / Reddit

7. Moulin Rouge! — Satine’s look

In Moulin Rouge!, Nicole Kidman wears a wig throughout the movie. Wavy hair was trendy at the time, so women wore hair extensions. Besides, look at the eyebrows of the actress and the perfect matte color of her face that will become trendy at the beginning of the 20th century. The film is set around 1899 to 1900.

8. The Truman Show — the robe

In The Truman Show (1998) the old ladies watching the show are wearing the same robe as Meryl because everything in The Truman Show is for sale.

9. Pulp Fiction — Mia’s pants

In Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman wears pants that are incredibly short. This was done to stay within budget. All the black pants that the costume designer loved and that were within the budget were too short for Uma Thurman. So, they made a decision to shorten the pants even more, even though capri pants weren’t popular. And after the film was released, they became popular again.

10. Enola Holmes — Helena Bonham Carter’s jacket

In Enola Holmes, Helena Bonham Carter is wearing a jacket with a pansy motif. Pansies are said to represent loving feelings or to symbolize “think of me” in the Victorian language of flowers.

11. Game of Thrones — Daenerys’ robes

There are very minute details found in Daenerys’ costumes. If you notice keenly, prior to the episode ’Spoils of War’, Daenerys is always seen wearing a red cape, which is Targaryen’s sigil color. But suddenly, we see her wearing a silvery-grey cape which is Stark’s sigil color. It signifies her closeness with Jon Snow. Even the costume designer admitted that such details depict how characters are feeling or thinking.

12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix — Umbridge’s Pink Dress

Many fans on the internet also ruled out an analogy that Umbridge’s style in the movie was very much similar to Queen Elizabeth’s. If you keenly notice, such details subtly reveal the character of the former. Umbridge took control over Hogwarts and did feel like a true queen, she could do anything she wanted to.

14. The Phantom of the Opera — Christine’s dress and hair

In The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Christine has the same hairstyle and hair decorations as Empress Elisabeth of Austria in a famous portrait. Her dress is also similar.

This is a normal thing that costume designers do: directly copy from real dresses.

15. Pirates of the Caribbean — the pirate’s eye

Mackenzie Crook, who played the one-eyed pirate in Pirates of the Caribbean, had a hard time during the shooting process. He had to wear 2 contact lenses on top of one another, to portray his character’s wooden eye. He said: “It’s uncomfortable but not painful. And it helps the character because, without it, I’m just any other pirate.”

16. The Queen’s Gambit — Elizabeth’s last look

In the final scene, Elizabeth is taking a walk around Moscow wearing white clothing. If you look closely, you will see that she looks like a chess Queen. Even the shape of her beret is reminiscent of a chess piece.

Preview photo credit Cinema Legacy Collection / The Hollywood Archive / The / agefotostock / East News, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Collection Christophel / East News


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