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Black Widow’s Undercover Outfit from “The Winter Soldier”

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This is not so much a costume as clothing identifications, however, I have tried my best to identify the exact brands and clothes black widow wears when “undercover” in the mall with Captain America in the Winter Soldier.

*WARNING – POSSIBLE WINTER SOLDIER MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD*

In this scene, both Black Widow and Captain America look like the costumers rolled them through a Zumiez and sent them to set. They’re both rocking “So-Cal skate style”, however, most of their clothing pieces lack branding and notability.

Natasha is wearing a jacket and a hoodie over a tank top and a t-shirt with skinny jeans, high top skate shoes and a small silver arrow necklace.

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Her arrow necklace is small silver arrow attached at either end to the necklace chain. The one she wears is from Tiffany & Co., however, alternates are readily available from Forever 21, H&M, and other fashion jewelry stores.

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She is wearing a black “wife beater” style tank top, however, it is one designed for women, judging by the narrower, straighter straps. This is likely an off the rack piece, possibly from GAP or a store of the likes, given the plot. Similar ones can be found at Old Navy, Target, and similar stores.

Her t-shirt is hunter green with a plunging scoop neck. So far, this is unidentified, though close matches are sold at WalMart, Target, and other generic clothing stores.

The hooded jacket she wears is of unknown brand, though it is relatively generic in print and style. Its base color is a taupe/gray color with thinner navy horizontal stripes. It has a dark grey zipper down the front with a grey zipper pull. It is made from a stretch knit fabric, likely a jersey, and lacks a cuff at the bottom, which makes it look like loungewear instead of outerwear.

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Her outer jacket is a tailored ladies taupe/olive drab collared jacket with two pockets on each side, all covered with flaps.

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Her jeans are dark wash skinny jeans, brand unknown, though she is not wearing a belt.

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Steve’s shoes are Supra brand and, though Natasha’s look similar to Supra shoes, it is still unclear. Some websites have identified her shoes as Nike Dunk Sky Hi in black suede, however, I do not think that’s entirely correct. The main thing that makes me doubt the ID is the bottom of the sole. The Nike’s have a black tread – in the movie when they walk into the underground lab, the bottom of her shoes are clearly shown as white or a very light, reflective color. I also do not think the lining is right on the Nike shoes – I remember it being lighter, possibly purple. I think a closer match, though still not spot on, is Supra Muska Skytop. It has a light purple tread, which would be light enough to reflect in the dark, however, it does have two light purple stripes around the sole, which hers do not have. It is likely that they modified or worked with the company to get custom sneakers made, however, given the context of the wardrobe in the scene, it doesn’t seem likely.

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Kim Possible

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This is a breakdown of Kim Possible’s “mission outfit.” Her everyday outfits change, but this is the most recognizable outfit she wears, aside from her Cheer Squad uniform.

Her shirt is a 3/4 length sleeved black turtle neck, cropped at an angle, “hi lo” style, just above the midriff.

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She wears dark gray cuffed gloves with a small slit on the side of each cuff.

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Her and Ron have matching style utility belts, though with Kim’s in a light brown and Ron’s in a khaki. They feature small pocket/pouches all the way around the belt, with a round black buckle in the front center. Kim wears her belt low on her hips at an angle.

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Her pants are a light olive green cargo style, except with a single pocket on the right leg and with elastic at the ankles.

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She wears plain black shoes without visible laces or buckles.

 

Ron Stoppable – Regular Outfit

Ron Stoppable is the sidekick and comic relief from the cartoon Kim Possible. He has a mission outfit, but his normal outfit is more recognizable.

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He wears a dark red / burgandy v-neck shirt with white around the neck, sleeves, and bottom. He layers it over his black turtle-neck “mission” shirt.

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His pants are khaki cargo pants, and his shoes are white sneakers with the rubberized, “grooved” toe section, which looks like it has vertical lines on it.

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X-Men “First Class” Comic Style Marvel Girl

While the X-Men comics has many costume inconsistencies, Marvel Girl / Jean Grey has one of the widest arrays of costume variants of all the original X-Men. The 2006 comic “First Class” has one of the most consistently drawn outfits for her throughout the series.

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Her bodysuit matches the others, as an updated version of the original black and yellow uniforms, except this time there is not a belt with the “X” buckle – it’s screen printed right onto the spandex suit.

Her mask is tight at the neck and ends about mid-forehead, only covering the area around the eyes.

Her gloves are matching yellow and are 12 button, or opera length.

Her boots, though there are not good pictures of them, are thigh high and match the gloves.

 

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History of the Modern Bra Part 2

In my last post, I covered 1900s through bust support of the 1940s. Finishing the series, this post covers from the 1950s through the 1990s.

1950
The 1950s popularized the darted “bullet bra”. Fashions became more structured and called for a sturdy shaping undergarment with a perky, pointed style. The neckline dropped lower as dress necklines dipped into lower cuts.

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1960
This decade saw the decline of both the brazier and the the super structured bullet bra as bras retreated back to the softer shapes of the 1930s cloth bras while still keeping some design aspects of more structured bras. Though resembling the bras of the 1930s, the necklines are far lower than their predecessors, as were dresses and tops.

1960s Maidenform ad from Wikimedia Commons

1970
Fashions of the 70s evolved in two distinct directions that merged towards the end of the decade: loose and comfortable, that fit the desexulized comfort of the feminist movement; and the pushed up, augmented movement that continued to elevate and sexualize the feminine shape. Bras in the former category were more akin to a modern sports bra, with no closures and soft elastic. The latter style of bras mentioned came with the introduction of Victoria’s Secret stores in 1977 and was propelled by the movement to celebrate a women’s figure and create sex appeal by no longer considering bras as “unmentionables”. It is also notable that brightly colored, fully lace, and ornamental bras with bows, ribbons, and impractical decorations became widely available during this time. These two styles and ideas merged towards the late 70s as the bra became more like the modern styles in comfort and shape with the widespread use of padding and flexibility.

An early style bra from the Archives of Advertising

1980
Bras of the 1980s continued with the sexualized pushed up shape of the late 70s. The bra became not just underwear, but a crucial part of fashion with emphasized cleavage and breasts being prominent. They also became seamless or had hidden seams that did not affect the curved, supple shape of the cups. When workout wear became the new fashion craze, sports bras soared in popularity for not only gym wear, but also for everyday and sport wear.

From Simplicity’s online archives

1990
The Wonder Bra took the American market by storm with its introduction in 1994. As a super padded push-up bra, it marks the wide scale introduction of deep plunge, cleavage-maximizing bras.
By the late 1990s, halter, strapless, and off-the-shoulder tops were in, so bras evolved to keep up. Multi-way convertible and strapless bras were widely popular and utilized, as were interchangeable clear bra straps, “sticky cups,” and other adhesive bra products.

Image from Wikipedia’s page on Wonderbra

The History of the Modern Bra Part 1

I’m not going to focus on outerwear today, and instead focus on what goes under the fantastic costumes, especially the historical garments that need the period correct shape in order to look right.

Fashion, especially ladies fashion, has changed tremendously since the 1900s alone. This is a brief look back on the evolution of the shape of women’s braziers and how we got to the bra as we know it today.

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1900
The century started with Edwardian style spoon-busk corsets defining and shaping women’s fashion. It curves outward at the chest, in at the waist, and pushes the hips back, creating a flattened “S” shaped torso and flattening the chest into one shape.

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1910
The first part of the decade saw corsets lengthen to just below the hips in order to create a long, smooth line from the bust to the floor. However, the latter half of the decade saw WWI erupt and so fashions became more practical, with less garments worn and the corset both shrinking to under the bust and having garter straps to support stockings, as shorter dresses were becoming less scandalous.

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1920
As the war subsided and the “roaring twenties” got underway, fashion rapidly started changing. Drop-waist, shapeless dresses were in, requiring a flat, boyish shape to emphasize the fashions. Waist cinching corsets were not needed anymore, however, flatter chests were needed, so a corsetlet or firm bandeau was worn to flatten the chest.

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1930
The 1930s shape was soft and feminine, and so a brassiere that gave soft, rounded shapes was worn. This is when the shoulder straps and typical shape of the modern bra became widely popular. Though they bear similar resemblance to modern bras, braziers lack underwire, were made of thin silk or cotton, and were designed to lift and separate.

From Simplicity’s online archives

1940
The bras of this decade didn’t change much from the 1930s, however, they did begin to place an emphasis on lifted support and structure, however, the pointed structure did not become widely emphasized until the late 40s and into the 50s. The 1940s also saw the wide use of elastic shapewear and all-in-ones, which combine compression slips, bras, and garter belts. This is also around the time when back hook and eye closures became prominent, in order to create a more secure fit in the band and to accommodate tighter, lower bustlines.

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BBC’s “Sherlock” Costume Breakdown

The BBC’s version of Sherlock Holmes has become a commonplace at most popular conventions. It’s fairly easy to pull together, especially if you don’t have the high-end budget for the screen accurate items.

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His coat is a Belstaff ‘Milford’ Coat, which was already out of season when purchased for the pilot, with the costuming department adding the red buttonhole later in the series.

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The trademark navy scarf started as a vintage Paul Smith piece that was a very fine knit, however, due to needing duplicates, at the start of season 2, they started using a silk striped “Hugo Boss” scarf from the Fall 2010 line.

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The majority of his shirts worn in season 1 and all of his shirts from season 2 and on are Dolce and Gabbana Main-line Dress Shirt in 100% cotton and slim fit.

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Sherlock’s trousers are suit pants, and his suits are all purchased from Spencer Hart, for the¬†narrow-leg trousers and two-button, slim-cut jacket.

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