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    25 Costume Details From Movies And TV Shows That Are Absolutely Amazing And Genius

    The attention to detail is simply stunning.

    🚨There are some massive spoilers ahead!🚨

    1. Throughout Little Women, Jo and Laurie are constantly swapping vests and wearing each other's clothes — Greta Gerwig explained that it symbolized the idea that they were each other's other half.

    Laurie wearing a gold vest while playing with Jo early in the movie and then Jo wearing the exact same vest at the end
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    Costume designer Jacqueline Durran came up with the swapping vests idea alongside Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet.

    2. Also in Little Women, each of the March sisters have a core color palette — Meg is green and lavender, Beth is brown and pink, Amy is light blue, and Jo is red and indigo.

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    Jacqueline Durran told Vogue, "The colors are actually pulled from the notebooks that Marmee gives the girls in the book, and we added lavender for Meg."

    3. Every character in Black Panther has a specific color that they wear throughout the film — T'Challa is purple, Okoye is red, and Nakia is green.


    Costume designer Ruth E. Carter talked about the color choices, saying, "Every character has a specific color — it’s a nice way of giving people their own identity. We use color like comic books do, with each character staying in their lane as far as their palette goes."

    4. Also, when T'Challa, Okoye, and Nakia are in the casino, they're wearing red, black, and green, which are the colors of the Pan-African flag.


    5. During the series finale of Game of Thrones, the outfit Sansa wears when she officially becomes Queen in the North has nods to all of the Starks.


    There's weirwood leaves for Bran, a one-sided cloak for Arya, a scaly pattern for Catelyn, black cloak for Jon, tufts of black fur for Rickon, the crown for Robb, a gray gown for Ned, and a sewing needle for herself.

    6. During the series finale of Schitt's Creek, Twyla is actually wearing one of Alexis's dresses at David and Patrick's wedding — this is a great callback to when Alexis gave Twyla a bag of her clothes.

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    7. The holes in Ransom's sweaters in Knives Out were purposeful — they helped illustrate that he didn't take care of his things and they gave him "a touch of that disrespect."


    Costume designer Jenny Eagan elaborated, saying, "I imagine it laying on the chair in his bedroom and he just threw it on day after day. But giving it little nicks or little holes here and there, meaning he didn't take care of it...the holes and the tatter gave him a touch of that disrespect. It was a disrespect to the family, a disrespect to the name, a disrespect to his clothes."

    8. On Stranger Things, when Mike, Dustin, Will, and Lucas dress as the Ghostbusters for Halloween, you can see that Will's costume looks more handmade than the others.


    Costume designer Kim Wilcox explained, "We thought about whose costume would be more 'together' and whose would be less, and whose mom maybe made it from scratch and whose mom didn't."

    9. Also on Stranger Things, if you look closely, you can see that Robin has drawn all over her Converse, and the drawings apparently include the phrase "God likes you of course" and a lot of boobs.


    The costume designers let Maya Hawke draw whatever she wanted on them.

    10. In Get Out, during the party scene, everyone is wearing either black or white and there are some pops of red — the black and white is meant to symbolize the racial tensions in the film and red is often associated with secret societies.

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    11. In Booksmart, Molly wears a turtleneck, blazer, and tights on the last day of school, which allows her to stand out and appear more mature compared to her classmates, who are dressed for summer — this outfit was inspired by Olivia Wilde, who felt like an outsider when she first arrived in LA because she was still dressing for the East Coast.

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    Costume designer April Napier explained, "It was really important for us to make sure that Beanie [Feldstein] held that same [aesthetic]. She’s so East Coast–based in her looks and in her thinking: She wants to be a lawyer and the youngest woman on the Supreme Court, so we wanted to keep her very collegiate and inappropriate for the time."

    12. Following Denny's death in Season 2 of Grey's Anatomy, you can spot Izzie wearing the sweater she knitted for him while she's grieving.


    13. Also on Grey's Anatomy, during the 300th episode, George and Cristina's doppelgängers are actually wearing clothes that resemble what those characters used to wear.


    Cristina's doppelgänger is in a leather jacket because she used to ride a motorcycle, and George's counterpart is wearing a tan fur-lined jacket.

    14. All of the characters' costumes in the Harry Potter movies changed slightly from film to film — except for Snape's signature all-black outfit and cape.

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    "I used the Professor Snape costume and I remade it. I made another cape," costume designer Jany Temime said. "I always kept Professor Snape [as he was], because I thought it was a great costume." Jany joined the franchise during Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

    15. In Deadpool 2, Wade is actually sporting a shirt featuring Taylor Swift's cats, Meredith and Olivia — a nod to Ryan Reynolds and Taylor's friendship.

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    16. On Scandal, after Olivia decides to walk away from Fitz, she actually begins to wear more vibrant colors — like yellow, orange, purple, and red — because she's "reinventing herself" during Season 5.


    Costume designer Lyn Paolo explained, "When she walked away from Fitz, with all that lovely Prada luggage they shipped in from Italy for us, she was walking away from the life that she thought she wanted, and she’s reinventing herself."

    17. In Spider-Man, Peter Parker is wearing Green Goblin's colors, while Norman Osborn is wearing Spider-Man's signature colors at Thanksgiving dinner.

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    18. In Watchmen, Cal and Angela's children wear owl and pirate costumes, which is a nod to Nite Owl and Tales of the Black Freighter, which was a pirate comic book in the original Watchmen comics.


    19. When Jack and Rebecca go on their first date on This Is Us, you can see that Jack's wearing a green T-shirt — this is the magic shirt he later gives Kate at the pool during Season 1.


    20. In Widows, as the movie progresses, Veronica's clothing becomes darker and darker as more secrets are exposed — eventually, she's wearing all black.

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    Costume designer Jenny Eagan explained the details that went into Veronica's wardrobe, saying, "We wanted to keep it simple because Viola [Davis] herself is such a powerful actress in character, so I wanted to keep it very structured, very simple."

    21. In Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, if you look closely, you can see that part of the curtains in Donna's room are missing and it's because the Dynamos used the material for their outfits in "When I Kissed the Teacher."

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    22. Also in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Sophie is wearing a butterfly-patterned dress during "My Love, My Life," which is an homage to young Donna, who wore a butterfly necklace.

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    23. On Killing Eve, when a group of assassins storm Villanelle's apartment in Season 2, you can see that they steal her iconic pink dress from Season 1.

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    Costume designer Phoebe de Gaye talked about finding the iconic pink dress, saying, "It’s a big opportunity for her to do a sort of very girly thing, but undercut it by putting it with boots. There was some discussion about it and whether to go a bit more classical. But in the end, they did go with it, and I’m glad they did because I thought it worked well."

    24. On Outlander, after Brianna travels back in time and visits Lallybroch, she's actually given a bunch of Claire's old clothes from Season 1 in order to fit in.


    Costume designer Terry Dresbach explained, "The green plaid dress Claire wears [in Season 1], Brianna wears, but it's been remade. And the green coat with the white fur hood, it comes out of a trunk and Bree wears it."

    25. And finally, during Season 1 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Sabrina wears a red dress with a lace collar, which is actually an homage to Mia Farrow's iconic dress in Rosemary's Baby.

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