The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel delivered '20s-era chic sleek in abundance, with its array of tuxedos, sport coats, linen suits, boater hats, flapper frocks, shawl cardigans and shimmering jewels. Oscar-nominated costume designer Catherine Martin worked in tandem with menswear brand Brooks Brothers, which produced more than 500 ensembles for the film.
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson brings flashy '70s-era fashion to the fore in the latest effort from director David O. Russell. The comic romp showcases plenty of big hair and bellbottoms, plunging necklines and mile-wide ties — with lapels to match. "We've had films in the past that have gone back to the '70s, but they really play down the hair, they really play down the wardrobe, the clothing. With 'American Hustle,' it really is all about the excess of the '70s," said Toronto-based costume and set designer Sarah Armstrong.
12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen's film adaptation of the harrowing true-life saga of fiddler Solomon Northup — a free black man sold into slavery —received one of its nine Academy Award nominations for costume design. Six-time Oscar nominee Patricia Norris earned the nod with her depictions of styles from the 1800s. "I thought it was fascinating that they went and they actually collected mud from different plantations to weather the clothes and make them look authentic to that time," said Elle Canada editor-in-chief Noreen Flanagan.
William Chang Suk Ping earned the costume design nod for the stylish 1930s action flick helmed by acclaimed Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai. The film chronicles the story of Chinese martial arts legend Ip Man who mentored Bruce Lee.
The Invisible Woman
Victorian-era fashions designed by Oscar nominee Michael O'Connor are front and centre in this period piece which explores the illicit relationship between Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes) and a young actress (Felicity Jones).
The Wolf of Wall Street
Time to turn up the polo shirt collar and put on the power suit. Prominent menswear styles from the '80s and '90s are back in big way in Martin Scorcese's black comedy which is based on the memoir of notorious stock broker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio).
It won't be contending for best costume design, but the retro-futuristic looks created by Casey Storm have already made a mark off-screen. Styles showcased in the film have inspired a real-life collection from clothing label Opening Ceremony. Set in near-future Los Angeles, buttoned-up collared shirts and high-waisted pants are the fashions of choice for lovelorn protagonist Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix).