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Colleen Atwood´s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004)

This is one particular movie i love! It´s a great story succesfully transfered into motion picture. It has has an amazing cast, Jim Carrey is particularly brilliant as Count Olaf. Every scene in this movie is absolutely beautiful. I hope you do see it.


This movie is based on the first three novels, The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window in Lemony Snicket´s books series.

So… as always a brief intro about the movie. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are three intelligent young children who receive terrible news that their parents have died in a fire and have left them an enormous fortune not to be used until the eldest child is of age. When they are sent to live with Count Olaf, a greedy distant relative, they soon learn he is trying to steal their fortune for himself.

They said that the story is very episodic, so they picked a different color scheme for each section. For example, Count Olaf’s house has a lot of greens, blacks and grays; the house of Uncle Monty has a lot of greens and browns and a bit of yellow; and the house of Aunt Josephine has blues and blacks. I think the color palette is very importants in any movie, it sets the mood, a well chosen palette can really make you believe you are part of this story. This movie makes me think about a darker side of fantasy. Here is a brief visual demo about this point:

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The characters are so detailed that Jim Carrey´s make-up and hair took three hours to finish. And he has many costumes, he desguises himself many times that allows us as viewers to appreciate every single one of them, and in this movie the sets go along with the costumes, it is really beautiful.

Clearly in every book adaptation to film there is room for the costume designer and the director to make it different, to make it their own version of the tale. So for the fans of these books you can all see that each Baudelaire orphan has one major difference between their movie costume and their wardrobe as described in the books. Klaus in the books is nearly blind without his glasses while, in the movie they are only needed for reading. Sunny in the books hated wearing a pink dress, but in the film her dress had a lot of pink in it. Violet in the book was unable to put braids in her hair because they would stay together, but in the movie she has braids nearly the entire time.  According to the illustrations in the original books, Violet wears a dress with the V-cuffed lower sleeves, Klaus wears a sweater with a button-down shirt underneath, and Sunny wears a small dress. The orphans’ costumes in the movie are noticeably different.  And because of this re interpretation, Colleen Atwood received an Oscar nomination for them in 2004.

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I always like to look up the opinion of the actors who worn these amazing costumes, for example, Emily Browning said this about the costumes in an interview: “The costumes were brilliant, Colleen Atwood is a genius. She is an evil genius because the clothes were so uncomfortable (laughs). They weren’t uncomfortable like a full corset but it was sort of a bodice. I needed heels because Liam was so much taller than me. It didn’t help much because he is so tall. I was so excited when I saw the dress and I thought “I can’t wait to wear it” and then after a week I couldn’t wait to get it off. This was the black dress. The wedding dress I wasn’t allowed to sit in because the material was so fine that it got creased and you couldn’t un-crease it and also the train was so long that it would always get caught on things.”

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So please… check it out you will have fun i promise you that.


Chung Man Yee´s “The Curse of the Golden Flower”(2006)

Yes… Well, i just had to talk about this particular movie and the breathtaking costume desing. As the movie title says, it´s all gold!!!

This movie takes place during China’s Tang dynasty. The emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She gave him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself. He holds the control in a most cruel way, he intends to keep his power for as long as he can by slowly poisoning the empress. She of course finds out the plot his husband has against her and tries to take control. So this is the basic plot, i won´t be telling you the end of this movie, you have to see it on your own.

There’s an old Chinese saying: “Gold and jade on the outside, rot and decay on the inside”. They took this saying very seriously.


When you watch this movie, you will see gold all around, in the settings, the props, the costumes, the head pieces, everything. Zhang said: “Gold is the color of the emperor. So we adopt it in the costume designs.”

The emperor has very complex costumes as well as the empress, they couldnt possibly dress themselves, most of the outfits have four to six layers, so obviously the costumes added more time for the actors to dress up, and the emperor´s costume weighs tens of kilograms. The daily preparations including hair, makeup, and costumes took about three to four hours, said Yee. Each layer has been meticulously handcrafted with intricate details, there is real gold fabric in the Emperor and Empress’s attire. It took 40 artisans over the course of two months to construct each. The end result is astonishing. Yee designed seven costumes for the emperor and empress, and most of the outfits had four to six layers. Each layer was meticulously handcrafted.

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Director Zhang explained that color constituted the film’s major theme. The point was echoed by Yee who said he created, using color elements, a strong contrast between the exterior gold and jade glitter and the internal family darkness.

Dragon patterns are used on the robes, with pearls and diamonds all around. They drew inspiration from the golden flower and put it in the film as a very important symbol. The empress favors the flower as well, in her hair, on her robe, even in embroideries. The flower reveals the empress determination to resist her husband’s rule.

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The women’s costumes are very voluptuous, accentuating the bosom. This is historically accurate, reflecting the hedonism and lavish aesthetic of the Later Tang era.

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The metal nail extensions worn by the Empress, the head accesories, the golden embroidery, every detail was extremely well cared.


The golden head pieces of the empress were exquisite in every way. Made her look like the wealthiest empress there ever was!! Check it out:

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Chung Man Yee recieved an Oscar nomination, his movie has to beat four other top contenders, including The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Marie Antoinette and The Queen on The 79th Annual Academy Awards.

I hope you actualy get to see this movie, its like watching something that ought to be in a museum play a living part in a movie.

Anthony Powell´s “Hook” (1991)

Yes, i am on a Villain phase, it´s just that there are so many great ones, i can´t help myself. So i will talk about another one today. Non other than Captain Hook, the evil pirate who seeks to destroy Peter Pan, if you had a childhood, you know who i am talking about. “Hook” (1991), is based on the story and characters of old Disney´s animated film “Peter Pan” (1953).

But first, let me tell you a bit about Anthony Powell, he is a british costume designer, he has worked with directors such as Roman Polanski and Steven Spielberg to name a few. And some of the stars who have worn his creations are Paul Newman, Warren Beatty, Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Maggie Smith, Harrison Ford and Johnny Depp. So as you can see, he is kind of a big deal.

You probably will recognize his work from “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom” (1984), “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” (1989) and “Hook” (1991). And im just mentioning the Steven Spielberg ones.

The movie of which i will talk about today, “Hook” (1991) earned him an Academy Award Nomination for best Costume Design, and in a moment you will understand why.

“In the field of obsessive-compulsives, Anthony leads the pack. I don’t know if you can work harder than he works. He gave me the character (of Captain Hook).” –Dustin Hoffman


Dustin Hoffman as “Captain Hook” with director Steven Spielberg.

This film is filled with amazing stars like the late Robin Williams as Peter Pan, Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy.

The movie tells the tale of a grown-up Peter Pan who has forgotten his childhood. Now known as Peter Banning, he is a successful corporate lawyer with a wife and two children. When Hook kidnaps his children, Peter must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy and save his family. It is an amazing adventure, full of life, colors, mermaids and there is a scene with imaginary food that will make you hungry!

Ever since i can remember, whenever i think of Peter Pan and Hook, the only Captain Hook that comes to mind is Dustin Hoffman, there is no one else. The moustache and the curly eyebrows, the red coat and the shinny hook, and that voice, his voice branded the character of Captain Hook forever in my mind.


This character had so much detail printed on him, everything was designed to the point of perfection. As you can see, the golden embroidery gave an elegant touch to the pirate captain. Hook was one of the most fancy villains of my childhood. He had a hook for every ocation and he even put ruby rings on them. He is an impeccable man, always perfectly dressed despite his pirate status. Of course the black wig and that gigantic feathery hat complemented this look beautifully.

It was a perfect costume. The red coat on top of a black vest with gold emboridery and golden buttons, on top of a ruffled white shirt, and those black with red shoes, i mean he didn´t miss a thing, and i am so grateful for that.

After all, a good design its just as good as its details.


Lets not forget about awesome Julia Roberts. She plays Tinkerbell on this movie, and it´s not quite the glamorous look she had on the Disney´s “Peter Pan” (1953). Instead, Anthony Powell gives us a more savage Tinkerbell, he gives us a fairy that clearly lives on the woods of Neverland, and dresses according to it. Her look is more natural, but this is a quality that doesn´t mask her beauty. She is barefoot with a simple brownish long shirt and shorts, giving us the impression that she dresses in those colors so she can merge with the woods, so that she can be seen only when she wants to, like camoulage, only nicer.

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As you can see Anthony Powell had all the characters figured out completely, he had this picture of what the habitants of Wonderland should look like and why. Everything had a reason, every color meant something, and every character reflected a srtong personality by just looking at it, this is achieved in a great part thanks to the costume design.

It does take me back, when i used to watch “Hook” on VHS, i waited for 5 minutes until the movie was completely rewind so i can watch it all over again!! And then i did the same thing to Watch Disney´s “Peter Pan” (1953). It was my favourite tale, it had everything a child could want! A place to runaway so that you dont have to grow old, mermaids, pirates, fairys, the lost boys, indians. Steven Spielberg understood the whole idea, and he projected it on screen so good you just have to remember it.

Anna B. Sheppard´s “Maleficent” (2014)

There is something you should know about me, i am a Disney fan, i grew up with all of the Disney princesses and i still own the movies, all of them!! So it´s not a surprise that i liked this movie in particular.

Maleficent was my favourite villain growing up, and when i found out that Angelina Jolie was going to be Maleficent, i was dancing with joy, she was so perfect for the part, it was like she was born to play her!!

You Know Anna B. Sheppard from her work in “Schindler´s List” (1993), the costume design of that movie was nominated for an Oscar. But as amazing as it was, i won´t talk about “Schindler´s List” today.

You know when you grow up, and you are watching “Sleeping Beauty” (1959) wondering what Maleficent would look in real life? Well Anna B. Sheppard was kind enough to enlighten us!


Isn´t she magnificent!!! I mean she is identical to the Disney´s “Sleeping Beauty” (1959) Maleficent.

The master mind behind the making of Maleficent´s character in the 1959 animated film was Marc Davis, who is credited with Maleficent’s horns and her elegant style. So the costume designers had to stay loyal to that iconic evil figure created many years ago in 1959. That is why, in the “Maleficent” movie, Angelina Jolie wore a lot of capes, the long and magical cane, her loyal crow and of course the peaked collars.

The christening scene in the Disney´s movie, where Maleficent enters Stephan´s castle to curse little Aurora, was imitated perfectly by Robert Stromberg (director), everything was so carefuly made, the chandeliers moving in the ceiling, the sudden darkness, Maleficent´s horns advancing trough the people. I love it when a director takes such good care of detail, because they make you love the movie even more.

Anna B. Sheppard did not work alone for this film, as a matter of fact, there was a team of designers, each member of this team had a different specialty, and they were all hand picked by Angelina Jolie herself. The team consisted in Anna B. Sheppard (of course), Manuel Albarran, who is known for his leather, corsetry and metal works. Justin Smith, an amazing hat maker (responsible for making Maleficent´s horns beautiful) and Rob Goodwin.

The costume designers took inspiration from the Disney film, the 15th century to the Renaissance period of French and Italian art and Alexander McQueen, to name a few.

The costume had to be amazing, when there is a team of super talented designers, working specifically to make an iconic and amazing character, the clear result has to be perfection, every detail, every color and fabric were carefully tought of. Nothing felt out of place nor unbalanced.

One of the most beautiful things in this movie are the head pieces. Even when i don´t really aprove of the use of snake skin, fur, feathers or any kind of animal skin used in the amking of clothing i have to admit, the head pieces and accesories were incredible.

The head pieces were made from many diferent materials such as python skin, fish skin, fine leather, and many more. There were pieces that corresponded with the seasons, this made Maleficent look savage in each scene but never substarcting her natural elegance.


Manuel Albarran was responisble for the accesories worn by Maleficent in the movie.

The accesories were animal skeleton rings, claw bracelets and feathered shoulder pieces. Precious stones, crystals, leather, bits of bone, teeth and even some human hair were used in the making of Maleficent´s costume.

They took into consideration the accesories worn in the animated film and made them a bit more modern. They added more jewelry, and put some of it on the horns and the head wraps.

The shoulder pieces were really important, they made us believe that Maleficent actually uses elements of the nature around her to dress herself. There was a shoulder piece made from duck feathers attached to a bone spine, another seemed to be made out of fangs and another made of bones and feathers.

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As you can see, this film had a gigantic production, and a great team working together to make it as awesome as it was. Afterwards there was a fashion line for children inspired in the movie, this line was designed by Stella McCartney and Angelina Jolie. Also MAC made a makeup line inspired in Maleficent, also shoes inspired by Maleficent were made by non other than Christian Loboutin.



If all this didn´t made you want to watch this movie, then nothing will!!


Eiko Ishioka´s Mirror Mirror (2012)

You should know Eiko Ishioka´s work from the movie “Bram Stoker´s Dracula” (1992), or at least i hope you do, she actually won the Oscar for the Best Costume Design in 1993 for that movie.

“Bram Stoker´s Dracula” (1992) has one of the most amazing costume designs of all time. Well duh… it was made by one of the most famous costume designers of our time and i dare to say, one of the best in history.

Eiko Ishioka is my personal favourite Costume Designer, i love her work, she had such a master mind. She was born on July 12 of 1938 (funny… i was born in July 12 of 1989) in Japan and she died in January 21 of 2012 in Tokyo.

“Mirror Mirror” (2012) Was the last film she made before she died. I was really sad when she died, i do think she made the world better in a way, i know it made mine better.

On my Intro i said that “Mirror Mirror” changed my life, and it did, i will try my best to explain why.

This is the first looks we see Snow White wear in this movie:

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First of all, what you can see is that this look is basically all Yellow! It is not an easy color to wear or use in the making of a dress, but i fell in love with it right away, not in the way you fall in love with an Ellie Saab´s gown, it´s a different kind of love, a love that makes you believe that you can actually see all your dreams take life.

I fell in love with Snow White in that moment, it didn´t matter that she wasn´t one of may favorite Disney princesses, didn´t matter if the actress was good or bad, all that mattered to me was that beautiful gown and the yellow hood.

I was hooked! I couldnt wait to see what she was gonna wear next! In this movie there is a scene of a dance, kind of themed ball, where all the guests came in couples and they were supposed to be animals, believe me when i tell you that EVERYONE and i mean EVERYONE in this scene wore an amazing costume. To my surprise, it was the Evil Queen´s dress that blew my mind in this part of the movie! She was suppossed to be a peacock:

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Eiko Ishioka made this scene so the only thing that you see is the Evil Queen, i had to watch this movie twice to notice all the details and awesome headware used by the “guests” in these scene.

The Evil Queen wore a red and white peacock dress, this was a beautiful scene, the colors in the scene were perfectly balancedby the designer. And the details on the dress were magnificent, the feathers and the embroidery were flawless.

I won´t show you every costume that i loved in this movie because i would have to upload the entire movie, and i dont think it would be practical. But everytime i used to think of Snow White, my mind took me directly to the Disney movie. Thanks to this dress, my mind never takes me there anymore:


Can you see the gigantic bow on the back of the dress? I´ve never seen orange and blue used together so beautifully. All the details in this dress are impecable, i can assure that it´s the best Snow White´s costume i have ever seen!

This movie is filled with bold and daring colors, we can see that the costume designer wasn´t afraid of using flashy colors and enormous headgear. It is a fantasy movie based on one of the Grimm´s Brothers tales, it should have color, it should emanate life, it should be everything you have ever imagined.

To me Eiko Ishioka sends a clear message, that is reflected on all the work she has ever made :”Either go BIG or go HOME”.

Anyway, i will write more about her work, and of the work of many great costume designers.

I hope that everyone sees this movie. Eiko Ishioka´s “Mirror Mirror” is definitely worth watching!!