Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sean Connery's armour from Sword of the Valiant on display...

In 1984's Arthurian fantasy Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sean Connery starred as the mythological 'Green Knight' and Miles O'Keeffe played 'Sir Gawain'.

Green Knight armour worn by Sean Connery
in Sword of the Valiant
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These suits of Medieval armour created by master armourer Terry English, alongside Costume Designer Shuna Harwood, were photographed on display at the London Film Museum on January 25, 2011.

Sir Gawain armour worn by Miles O'Keeffe
in Sword of the Valiant
Sir Gawain Armour Sword of the Valiant
Sir Gawain armour Sword of the Valiant
For more great movie suits of armour, check out Terry English's armour from Excalibur on display.

Sword of the Valiant movie poster
Sword of the Valiant movie poster

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Pan Am TV show costume bus shelter installation...

Yesterday walking through my local West Hollywood neighbourhood I chanced upon this fantastic promotional installation for the new 60's based period drama Pan Am, featuring the iconic in-flight stewardess uniform and flight bag.

Pan Am TV show bus shelter installation
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Pan Am flight bag bus shelter
Pan Am TV show bus shelter installation
Pan Am costume promotional bus shelter back
Although strictly not an original costume from the forthcoming television series, I couldn't help feature this fashionable ensemble as I thought it was such an innovative and engaging way to market the new show featuring Christina Ricci, helping Pan Am to stand out during the onslaught of the new Fall TV season.

Pan Am TV poster
Pan Am TV poster
I also love how the installation gives annotated details about each item of the outfit. How the hat was always in place, topping off the iconic airline uniform, or the gloves were perfectly fitted without room even for a wedding ring.

Pan Am TV show flight attendant uniform
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Pan Am TV show outfit promotional bus shelter
The streamlined jacket was custom-tailored for height and weight to give a sexy, snug fit and the black leather low-heeled pumps were stylish and comfortable, without compromising the strict height restrictions.

Pan Am flight bag
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It's also fun to see the display include the blue leather weekender flight bag, sporting the iconic Pan Am logo, and I wouldn't be surprised in other less salubrious neighbourhoods to see this bus shelter installation being broken in to for someone to steal this bag.

Ane Crabtree is Series Costume Designer for the new Pan Am television show. This promotional installation was snapped along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood on September 17, 2011.

Pan Am TV billboard
Pan Am TV billboard

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Supercool Halloween costume inspiration for men...

Need some ideas for your Halloween costume this year? Whether you're looking to be a futuristic warrior, crime-fighting vigilante, iconic hero, eccentric character, wondrous wizard or scary villain, here's a fantastic selection of movie costumes worn by Hollywood's leading men from the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi, sword and sorcery and more.

Mad Hatter costume from Alice in Wonderland
Mad Hatter Alice in Wonderland costume
The Mad Hatter was certainly a popular choice at last year's West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.

Harry Potter Quidditch robes
Harry Potter Quidditch robes
I'm sure that lots of fans will be paying homage to Harry Potter this year now that the movies have come to a satisfying conclusion.

Nite Owl II costume from Watchmen
Nite Owl II Watchmen costume
I love Nite Owl's Batman-esque costume design from Watchmen and would love to own a suit like this.

Rorschach outfit from Watchmen
Rorschach Watchmen costume
'Rorschach' is also great costume idea from Watchmen and it's probably the easiest to replicate if you have a trench coat, hat and scarf to hand.

Dastan costume from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Dastan Prince of Persia costume
If you're a 'sand and sandals' fantasy fan, this Prince of Persia costume would look great, especially if you have the muscles to fill it out like Jake Gyllenhaal did.
Captain Jack Sparrow costume from
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean costume
Following a fourth cinematic outing this year, maybe you fancy taking inspiration from 'Captain Jack Sparrow' or one of the other swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean characters.
Captain Barbossa costume from
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Captain Barbossa Pirates of the Caribbean costume

Blackbeard movie costume from
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Blackbeard Pirates of the Caribbean costume
If you're a comic book fan, what about donning the classic superhero tights of 'Superman', or maybe a slightly more gritty 'Dark Knight'?

Superman suit from Superman Returns
Superman Returns costume

Batman suit from Batman Begins
Batman Begins Batsuit
For medieval fantasy fans there's lots of ideas to be gained from the heroes that feature in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Peter Pevensie's battle armour from Narnia's Prince Caspian
Peter Pevensie Narnia battle costume

Prince Caspian costume from The Chronicles of Narnia
Prince Caspian Narnia movie costume
Even though The Last Airbender was a pretty dire movie adaptation of the popular cartoon series, 'Aang's' look should be a fairly easy one to replicate (although granted, not everyone wants to shave their head for Halloween).

Aang movie costume from The Last Airbender
Aang Last Airbender costume
For Star Wars fans it's time to grab yourself some black and red face-paint, a black cloak and a lightsaber (you know you have one hanging around).

Darth Maul costume from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Darth Maul Star Wars costume
If you feel like baring all this season (and have the six-pack and pecs to do so), take a leaf out of Jason Momoa's new look 'Conan the Barbarian'. Although be warned, those chain-mail sleeves are heavy.

Conan the Barbarian movie remake costume
Conan the Barbarian remake costume

Zorro TV costume
Zorro Guy Williams TV costume
Be inspired by the classic look of 'Zorro', which is quite a simple look to replicate if you have some black clothes in your wardrobe, or what about the retro stylings of 'The Rocketeer'.

The Rocketeer movie costume
The Rocketeer movie costume

Original Tron movie costume
Bruce Boxleitner Tron movie costume
And if the new Tron: Legacy light-suits don't do it for you, maybe take a fashion tip from the past (or is that future), with these classic Tron movie costumes.

Kevin Flynn costume from the original Tron
Jeff Bridges Flynn Tron costume
Even if you can't find the exact outfit you were looking for, maybe all these original movie costumes will help spark an idea of what you could be for Halloween.

Just search through my movie costume archives to see even more detailed images to help you create your look.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fantastic Halloween costume inspiration for women...

Stuck for ideas for Halloween this year? There's still time to make or buy your outfit, so if you're looking for a great ladies costume check out these ideas from the world of cinema to inspire you. Here's everything from sci-fi to fantasy, musical to magical, superheroines to pirates, villainous witches and evil bitches.

BabyDoll costume from Sucker Punch
Babydoll Sucker Punch movie costume
Even though it wasn't the hoped for blockbuster success, Sucker Punch still seems to have captured the audience's imagination with its tough chicks and iconic outfits, no more so than with Emily Browning's 'Babydoll' Japanese schoolgirl look.

Christina Aguilera's string pearl costume from Burlesque
Burlesque string pearl movie costume
Christina Aguilera dazzled in an assortment of revealing costumes in the musical Burlesque.

Siren Gem light-suit costume from Tron: Legacy
Siren Gem Tron Legacy costume
Even though the movie Tron: Legacy was a bit of a disappointment, the new light-suits in the movie were pretty spectacular, especially these figure-hugging white Siren costumes.

Sweet Pea costume from Sucker Punch
Sweet Pea Sucker Punch costume
'Sweet Pea' certainly seems to have been a popular character and costume from Sucker Punch. I've literally had loads of cosplayers and people who've made their own outfits thank me for posting these pictures of the original costume on display for reference.

Blondie costume from Sucker Punch
Vanessa Hudgens Blondie Sucker Punch costume

Rocket outfit from Sucker Punch
Rocket Sucker Punch movie costume

Amber costume from Sucker Punch
Amber Sucker Punch movie costume
Even though Tim Burton's live-action Alice in Wonderland was released in 2010, I still think there'll be a lot of women sporting the Colleen Atwood inspired designs this Halloween, whether it be a spectacular dress or feminine suit of armour.

Alice in Wonderland movie dress
Alice in Wonderland red Um dress

Alice's White Knight armour from Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland White Knight armour
Sadly the Harry Potter movies are all over now, but at least they went out on a high note. I can imagine there'll be a few Hermione Granger's and other Hogwarts characters wandering the streets in celebration this All Hallow's Eve.

Hermione Granger Hogwarts uniform from Harry Potter
Hermione Harry Potter costume
Natalie Portman's 'Nina Sayers' in Black Swan was a bit of a bi-polar ballet dancer, so you could either choose to dress as her nice ballerina personality or as her more sinister alter ego.

Nina Sayers ballet outfit from Black Swan
Natalie Portman Black Swan ballet outfit
Personally I think the Silk Spectre II costume worn by Malin Akerman in Watchmen was a great reinvention and update of the comic book original, but you do have to have the body and confidence to pull of this look (and maybe someone to help you into the latex outfit).

Silk Spectre II costume from Watchmen
Silk Spectre II Watchmen costume
If you want to feel like a 'sand and sandals' fantasy princess this season, I'd recommend emulating Gemma Arterton's 'Princess Tamina' look.

Princess Tamina costume from Prince of Persia
Princess Tamina Prince of Persia costume
If you want to be more fierce, there's always 'Jadis' the White Witch in full battle mode from The Chronicle of Narnia to inspire you.

White Witch battle costume from
Narnia's the Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Tilda Swinton White Witch Narnia costume
If it's a more heroic look, maybe you could be a Queen of Narnia like 'Susan Pevensie'.

Susan Pevensie's battle costume from Narnia's Prince Caspian
Susan Pevensie Narnia battle costume
To unlock your swashbuckling spirit check out Penelope Cruz's pirate costume from the fourth movie in the popular Disney movie franchise.

Angelica costume from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Penelope Cruz Angelica Pirates of the Caribbean costume
And for some over-the-top ABBA glam, these disco-tastic outfits from Mamma Mia are what you are looking for.

Mamma Mia movie costumes
Mamma Mia movie costumes

Sorceress Marique costume from the Conan the Barbarian remake
Witch Marique costume Conan the Barbarian
For something a bit more magical you could try being an evil sorceress from Conan the Barbarian's Hyborian age, or a wicked witch like Bette Midler from Hocus Pocus.

Witch costume from Hocus Pocus
Bette Midler Hocus Pocus witch costume

Cruella de Vil outfit from 101 Dalmatians
Cruella de Vil 101 Dalmatians costume
If you're a Disney fan you could unleash your inner 'Cruela de Vil' or evil queen for the night.

Evil Queen Narissa costume from Disney's Enchanted
Queen Narissa Costume Enchanted

Starbuck's Viper flight-suit from Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica Starbuck flight suit
If it's space that gets you excited, maybe this Battlestar Galactica flight-suit, iconic Starfleet uniform or classic Tron costume will please your sci-fi sensibilities.
Starfleet uniform from the new Star Trek
Red female Starfleet uniform Star Trek

Yuri costume from the original Tron
Yuri Tron costume
These are the most popular costumes worn by women in the movies on Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props this year. Just click on the movie links in the archives for even more great detailed photos.

As you can see there's a whole closet full of ideas from the movie wardrobe department to inspire your Halloween outfit. Enjoy and good luck.