38 Costume Design Details In Movies That I'm 99% Sure You've Never Noticed

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1."In Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Margot Robbie actually wore some of Sharon Tate's personal jewelry."

Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate
Columbia Pictures

2."In 13 Going on 30, Jenna's party dress and sleep mask in the future are the same material as the blindfold she wears in the closet during her seven minutes in heaven in the past."

The same material on Jenna's dress, Jenna's blindfold, and Jenna's eyemask
Revolution Studios

3."The debate regarding whether the ending of Inception was real or not can be ended by looking at the wedding ring Cobb's wearing. In the real world he has no ring, whereas the ring is present in the dreams. In the final scene he has no ring on, so the 'happy ending' is reality."

–u/EndlessEdvoidMichael Caine, Inception star – and Miss Congeniality star, which is unrelated but it's not celebrated enough – knew Inception's ending was reality a different way. He once said,

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Michael Caine, Inception star – and Miss Congeniality star, which is unrelated but it's not celebrated enough – knew Inception's ending was reality a different way. He once said, "When I got the script of Inception, I was a bit puzzled by it, and I said to [director Christophe Nolan], 'I don't understand where the dream is.' I said, 'When is it the dream and when is it reality?' He said, 'Well, when you're in the scene, it's reality.' So get that — if I'm in it, it's reality. If I'm not in it, it's a dream." Caine is in the movie's final scene.

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4."In Black Panther, the outfits of Okoye, T'Challa, and Nakia while they travel to Korea represent the colors of the Pan-African flag."

Okoye wearing red, T'Challa wearing black, and Nakia wearing green
Marvel Studios

5."In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge's outfits become a darker shade of pink as she becomes more powerful."

Umbridge wearing darker and darker shades of pink
Warner Bros.

6."In Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Ricky Bobby initially has a sponsorship from Wonder Bread. Later, when he's lost his sponsor, he reuses the 'W' and 'E' from 'Wonder' to spell 'Me.'"

Bobby with the Wonder on his chest and with the M E on his chest
Columbia Pictures

7."In Knives Out, Ransom's sweater has a ripped collar and several noticeable holes. The costume designer added this detail to show Ransom’s nonchalance towards his wealth and disrespect for his family."

Ransom's sweater has holes
Lionsgate

8."In Little Women, Jo and Laurie swap articles of clothing."

Jo and Laurie wearing each other's clothes
Columbia Pictures

9."Brian from The Breakfast Club has turned his sweater inside out after smoking weed."

Brian's sweater is inside out
Universal Pictures

10. In The Greatest Showman, Zac Efron's costume changes subtly in the middle of a scene.

11."In Forrest Gump, after every temporal transition, Forrest is always wearing a blue shirt which symbolizes a change in time."

Forrest wearing blue
Paramount Pictures

12."During the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom wore similar clothes to their fathers in an old picture."

Neville and Harry dressed like their fathers
Warner Bros.

13."In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Nazi outfits are genuine World War II uniforms, not costumes."

Actors in the movie wearing actual Nazi uniforms

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The costume designer Anthony Powell studied the uniforms in depth and shared his images and drawings with co-costume designer Joanna Johnston, who then found the real uniforms with her team in Eastern Europe.

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14."The self-lacing Nike shoes from Back to the Future Part II were modified so the laces exited the bottom of the shoe. Michael J. Fox stood on a platform, and a stagehand underneath pulled the laces to make the effect."

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15."In Juno, Mark dresses more and more like Juno after each encounter with her."

Mark's clothes getting more unkempt

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In case you forgot, Mark develops feelings for 16-year-old Juno and connects with her as a way to make himself feel better.

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16."In Rocketman, during the 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' scene, Elton John is wearing a blue suit with red slippers for Dorothy, a silver shirt for the Tin Man, a straw hat for the Scarecrow, and a fake furry coat for the Cowardly Lion."

Elton John dressed in an homage to The Wizard of Oz
Paramount Pictures

17."In Monty Python and The Holy Grail, the chain mail was actually knitted yarn. I have seen this movie about 30 times and just noticed this detail yesterday."

The characters wearing chain mail, which is just yarn
Python (Monty) Pictures

18."In Mean Girls, queen bee Regina wears an 'R' necklace around her neck. Cady begins wearing a 'C' necklace once she has humiliated Regina and taken her place."

Regina wearing an R necklace and Cady wearing a C necklace
Paramount Pictures

19.Plus, "We learn that Regina, leader of the Plastics, told Gretchen that she couldn’t wear hooped earrings because they were her thing. Later in the movie, when Cady becomes leader of the Plastics, we see her wearing hooped earrings, showing that she became just like Regina."

Regina wearing hoops, Gretchen saying to Cady, You know that I'm not allowed to wear hoop earrings, right, and Cady wearing hoops
Paramount Pictures

20.Finally, "Regina forbade Gretchen to wear hoop earrings. Once they broke up, Gretchen is seen wearing hoop earrings."

Gretchen wearing hoops
Paramount Pictures

21."In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, you can see Finn’s jacket has been repaired, patching the hole from Kylo Ren’s lightsaber in The Force Awakens."

Finn wearing his jacket that has been repaired on the shoulder
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22."Wonder Woman's blue dress is a nod to the 1970s Wonder Woman series."

The two Wonder Womans wearing a similar dress
Warner Bros. / Bruce Lansbury Productions

23."In the Harry Potter films, Voldemort’s robes faded in color every time a Horcrux was destroyed, to give the audience the impression that he was slowly fading away."

Voldemort's robes are an ashy black
Warner Bros.

24."In Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, after Dewey marries Darlene while still married to Edith, he can be seen wearing both of his wedding rings."

Dewey Cox with his hand up wearing two rings
Apatow Productions

25."In Sound of Metal, Ruben wears an Einstrürzende Neubauten T-shirt. The band is renowned for using pieces of scrap metal and power tools to construct their music, quite literally the sound of metal."

Ruben wearing an Einstrürzende Neubauten shirt
Caviar

26."Thor: Ragnarok is the only MCU film where Doctor Strange used his classic yellow gloves from the comics."

Doctor Strange wearing yellow gloves
Marvel Studios

27."In Back to the Future Part II, Doc's shirt design has two horses chasing a steam train, foreshadowing the events of the next film."

Doc wearing a shirt with a train chase on it
Universal Pictures

28.And, "Doc Brown's bandana from Back to the Future Part III is made from his shirt from Back to the Future Part II."

Doc wearing the train shirt as a bandana around his face
Universal Pictures

29."In A Cinderella Story, the evil stepsisters always wear pink or green throughout the movie, just like in the original Cinderella."

The stepsisters dressed like their animated counterparts
Warner Bros.

30."In Donnie Darko, Patrick Swayze wore his own clothes from the 1980s. According to the director, '[Swayze] wanted to take a flame-thrower to his image. He was fearless.'"

Patrick Swayze wearing a suit
Flower Films

31."In Dumbledore's Army in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, all the girls are wearing skirts except for Ginny (third from left), who is wearing pants, probably a hand-me-down from her brothers."

A photo of the Order of the Phoenix, in which Ginny is wearing pants
Warner Bros.

32."In Captain Marvel, when Monica Rambeau is changing the color of Carol Danvers's suit, she first chooses a combination of red and gold, which are the same colors as DC's Shazam, who was previously known as Captain Marvel."

Captain marvel wearing her suit, and Monica changing the colors
Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures

33."Stephen Spielberg wanted to direct a James Bond film, but the producers never hired him, so he made Indiana Jones instead. In this scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones is dressed as James Bond."

Indiana dressed like Sean Connery's Bond
Eon Productions / Paramount Pictures

34."In Zombieland: Double Tap, Madison is seen wearing a Von Dutch tank top. New fashion trends stopped when Z-land happened in 2009, when Von Dutch apparel was at its height of popularity."

Madison in a Von Dutch shirt
Columbia Pictures

35."In National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, you can see Eddie is wearing a mock turtleneck that shows through his sweater."

Eddie obviously wearing a mock turtleneck
Warner Bros.

36."Just noticed that in Jurassic World, when Bryce Dallas Howard rolls up her sleeves and ties her shirt at the bottom to say, I’m ready,' she’s wearing it the same way Laura Dern did in Jurassic Park."

Bryce Dallas Howard and Laura Dern dressed the same way
Universal Pictures

37."In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Widow is seen wearing an arrow necklace, a nod toward her close partnership to Hawkeye."

Black Widow wearing an arrow necklace
Marvel Studios

38.Finally, "In the Harry Potter Movies, Snape’s costume was the only one that never changed. According to costume designer Jany Temine, 'Because, it was perfect. When something is perfect you cannot change it.' She joined in Prisoner of Azkaban and changed most costumes except Snape’s."

Snape wearing the same outfit in every movie
Warner Bros.

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HT: r/MovieDetails

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