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Modern Mode: Film Costume Design in the Here and Now

This year as every year, when the Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design are announced, the ballot will invariably be filled with hoop skirts and tailcoats and perhaps a touch of Far East or outer space-style exotica. It's only natural to admire the costumes in a period movie, redolent as they are of painstaking research and construction. Rich, complex clothing from other eras can also stand as a corrective to our own, 21st-century sartorial mediocrity.

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