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18 Of The Biggest Costume Mistakes In The History Of Filmmaking

Costumes are an important part of the movies, and it is very tough to design them. They demand close attention to detail because many films in Hollywood are produced on historical events or time. Another reason for choosing the right costumes is that the filmmakers cannot provide wrong historical information to the audience by showcasing the wrong outfits. But, unfortunately, some filmmakers forgot to take care of this, and they committed big mistakes on-screen related to costumes. Here in this story, we've gathered some of the most notable examples of such errors. Some of the mistakes are difficult to notice, but some are big.  

1. Braveheart (1995)

In the movie, William Wallace is seen wearing a kilt in the 1300s. But, according to history, kilts were not worn by Scottish people until the 16th century.  

2. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

The model of earpiece worn by Jim Morita in the movie was created in the 21st century. And we all know that the film is set during World War II. 

3. The Doors (1991)

The Doors is the movie based on Jim Morrison's band of the same name. Jim died in the late 70s, and the film actor Val Kilmer portrayed his character. Throughout the movie, Jim is seen wearing model of sunglasses which became popular in the 80s. 

4. Gladiator (2000)

We all know that Gladiator takes place almost 1500 years ago in ancient Rome, and despite this lead actor, Russel Crowe's Lycra shorts are visible throughout the movie.  

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse Of Black Pearl (2003)

If a soldier is wearing redcoat, then we can say that s/he belongs to the British Army. In the movie, POTC, the soldiers are seen wearing the same outfits during the reign of King George I. But, the style of uniform was adopted after 1747.  

6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

The movie is set before the WWII, but still, soldiers are seen wearing war medals that were used during the war. 

7. Seabiscuit (2003)

It is hard to believe how chinstraps are used in the movie that is set in the 1930s because the straps were introduced to horseracing in 1956. 

8. Troy (2004)

Many consider Troy as myth, but the place existed in the 10th century BC. In the movie, Paris and Helen are seen walking under a pink parasol, but it is not accurate as the parasol was introduced in Greece in the late 5th century BC.

9. The Ten Commandments (1956)

In the movie, Anne Baxter is seen wearing Blue dress, and in ancient Egypt, dresses were made from natural dyes. And, it was tough to produce this shade of blue at that time.  

10. Pompeii (2014)

In the movie, Emperor Nero's main people are seen wearing purple-coloured capes, but according to historical facts, Nero made a law which stated that no one can wear purple cape other than him. If anybody was seen wearing it, then he was given a death sentence.  

11. Django Unchained (2012)

In the movie, Django is seen wearing gold rim sunglasses which were not introduced in America until 1929 and as the movie is set 70 years before the introduction.  

12. The Last Samurai (2003)

This classic movie is set in the 1800s and despite that Tom Cruise is seen wearing the outfit that was last used in the 1600s.

13. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

As the movie is set before the 1950s, Matt Damon's character is seen wearing black jump boots that were available after the 1950s.  

14. The King’s Speech (2010)

In the movie, Colin Firth’s character is seen wearing a kilt in Irish tartan style, but Britishers used to wear kilts in Scottish Balmoral style. 

15. The Aviator (2004)

The thin, frameless glasses were not in trend in the 1920s, and despite that Robert Gross is seen wearing them throughout the movie. 

16. Dirty Dancing (1987)

The character of Jennifer Grey looked amazing in her denim shorts, but the shorts became popular in the 80s, and the movie is set in the 60s.  

17. Amadeus (1984)

In the movie, most of the characters have zippers in their costumes, and according to history, zippers were made public in 1893 almost 100 years after Mozart's death.  

18. American Hustle (2013)

The film is set in the 1970s, and Louis CK’s FBI detective character wears an updated gold GMT Master II model of Rolex which was introduced in 2010. The watch had its existence since 1954, but not this model.That's all, folks!