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10 Screen Costumes You’ve Seen Somewhere Before

22 April 2013 | Features, Other Lists | by David Zou

You know you have seen these costumes somewhere before, but where? Let’s find out!


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In 2011, the Wonder Woman costume was re-imagined for a new Wonder Womanseries that never made it off the ground. The costume was seen on Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman in the pilot episode, but when the show failed to be picked up, the costume was put to use in a 2012 episode of Harry’s Law calledGorilla My Dreams, in which it was seen on Erica Durance as Annie Bilson.


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This dress, first seen in 1983 in The Winds of War on Lisa Eilbacher as Madeline Henry. It was used again in 2001 Jaime King as Betty Bayer in Pearl Harbor.


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This hat, first seen on Justin Chambers, as D’Artagnan in the 2001 film Musketeerwas used again in 2003 on on Orlando Bloom as Will Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean, Curse of the Black Pearl.


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This coat was first seen in James Cameron’s 1997 Blockbuster Titanic. It was worn by Kate Winslet as Rose DiWitt Bukater. It was used again in 2002 in Tuck Everlasting on Alexis Bledel as Winifred Foster.


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This gown, designed by Jenny Beavan for the 1998 Ever After was worn on Drew Barrymore as Danielle de Barbarac. It was used a couple of years later in 2010 in a Shreddies commercial on an actress playing Juliet.


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This fur lined coat has been seen in at least five productions over the years. It was first spotted in 1977 on Nicola Paget as Anna in Anna Karenina. It was seen again  in 1994 in Scarlett on Joanne Whalley as Scarlett O’Hara (Butler) and finally was seen in 2012 in Anna Karenina on Olivia Williams as Countess Vronsky, where the frog closures seem to have been dyed a darker colour.



This dress is interesting, because while costumes are often made in duplicates for filming purposes, this one actually shows up on screen on two different people! Both actresses Jo Anderson and Delane Matthews wear a pair of matching dresses with elaborate gold and silver beaded collars for a fashion show in an episode of HBO’s brilliant 1998 series From the Earth to the Moon in the episode The Original Wives Club. The gown makes an appearance again later in AMC’s equally as fantastic Mad Men in 2010 on Peyton List as Jane Sterling in the season four episode Christmas Comes But Once A Year.


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This gown, originally made for Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1995 Pride and Prejudice has also been used again on Tamzin Merchant as Georgiana Darcy in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice.


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This costume, seen first on Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind was used again in 1944 on an extra in Can’t Help Singing.  Both films had costumes designed by Walter Plunkett. He seems to have taken his earlier dress (often referenced as the “Goodbye Ashley” dress) and made some adjustments, such as adding longer sleeves. The original skirt was not used.


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This costume, first worn by Marilyn Monroe as Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in the classic film Some Like It Hot in 1959, was used again in 1961 on Barbara Nichols as Texas Guinan in The George Raft Story.

Thanks to Recycled Movie Costumes for these amazing images.


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  • sccb4u .

    some of those costumes while similar are not the same. drew barrymore’s dress from ever after is a different color and has intricate designs in the breast region that the other does not for example. just because clothing appears to be the same doesn’t necessarily mean it is.

  • sccb4u .

    Also costumes tend to appear the same because they’re tailored to reflect the time period in which the movie is based. If certain movies take place in relative time periods as the others then it stands to reason the costume designs would reflect the same fashion trends of the period.