Prometheus: The Menswear

It’s now less that a month until the hugely anticipated release of Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS. This is a big deal for me because I’d have no doubt in placing Alien as one of my favorite films of all time. I’m a little nervous about this release as it’s stepping on some hallowed movie ground. Nonetheless, from what we’ve seen, it looks pretty amazing.

Prometheus is set in 2112 (I think*) which is one hundred years from now. According to the costume and production designers of the movie, what will men be wearing in a hundred years? Let’s take a look…

Here’s Logan Marshall-Green, who plays Charlie Holloway one of the (suspiciously young and good looking) research scientists alongside Noomi Rapace (Elizabeth Shaw).

Check out the scarf he’s wearing here. Not quite big enough to be a shemagh, I had a look around to see if this pattern has a name, but couldn’t find anything. Maybe it’s bespoke. The t-shirt or light sweatshirt that he’s wearing looks to be ribbed cotton with an overlock stitch around the crew neck. There is in fact something very similar to this top on sale at Uniqlo right now, maybe this is where the costume department got it from? Nice bit of geeky-detail on the seatbelt too - good attention to detail.

At first, I thought the zipped top that holloway is wearing was a microfleece, but on closer inspection it looks to be another cotton sweater. Check out the Weyland embroidery on the breast and shoulder. I can’t quite make out what the shoulder patches say, but I imagine they include the ship’s insignia, they look really genuine, like authentic Nasa patches.

Here’s Sean Harris a great British character actor how is playing Fifield. I don’t know a great deal about the character but he looks to be a seasoned space-faring veteran: In the trailer he seems quite blasé about the mission and has a grizzled look about him, Let’s take a look at his costume…

Fifiled wears this strange sky-blue and white Hawaiian smock-type thing. I guess this matches is rather outlandish hair styling and tattoos. You can see on the close up of his arm here that the top is made from several different pieces of material and is well worn.

Present again are several embodied mission patches, which have had some ware and tear, making me think he’s been trough a few sorties in his career. Maybe this jacket is some sort of record of his space-faring service. The costume department have really done a good job here; remember that when these costumes are produced they are ‘new’ this looks to be genuinely distressed and frayed - very convincing.

Here’s Rafe Spall, another British actor, who plays ‘Milburn’. I’m not sure what his role is in the plot but he looks to be technical or maybe a science officer, like ‘Ash’ in Alien.

Milburn is wearing another cotton-weave or microfleece top, with raglan sleeves. That’s not a hood on this sweater-top-thing, it’s a tubular or funnel neck, much like a modern day snood.

On closer inspection of the inside this fabric looks to be microfleece, rather than cotton. The lumpy-bumpy texture on the reverse makes me think this. There’s also a three-stitch hem on the neck and there looks to be a drawstring inside here to pull the neck closed.

A couple of years ago I bought a hooded sweater from Muji that looked very much like this top. Just like the Uniqlo reference above it seems that some of the garments featured in Prometheus aren’t actually that futuristic, just advanced adaptations of what we have now.

And how about those glasses?! These must be bespoke. I’m not sure where they came from, but I dig them! Someone on a Prometheus forum raises a very good point; In a future that includes almost unbelievable technology and the ability and knowledge to produce artificial eyes for androids (or ‘synthetics’) why would Milburn need to resort to ocular correction devices? Let’s hope they address this in the movie.

Finally, let’s take a look at Idris Elba’s character (he’s also British) Captain Janek. He looks to be wearing some sort of military garb in this shot which could be double or three-quarter breasted. I say military, as it’s olive-drab - a colour widely used in military clothing and hardware, maybe Janek is a veteran too, although I can’t imagine what use olive-drab would be as camouflage in space-faring.

Interestingly, there’s a couple of imitation bone/horn/antler toggles on his right shoulder. Not sure what these adhere to, maybe they’re just there for show. Maybe he’s a hunter or something and these are hewn from some vanquished prey! Probably not.

Take a look at the distressed insignia on Janek’s left breast. This looks to be the same as that on Milburn and Holloway’s  shoulders - this time I can make out the words ‘Weyland Corp’ and there looks to be some sort of winged creature and a planet with rings above. Maybe this logo isn’t specific to the Prometheus ship but only to Weyland Corp.

So there it is, the Menswear in Prometheus… If the movie is supposed to be set one hundred years in the future, the clothing used doesn’t look too futuristic: Garments like this are available from some retailers and it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to wear them now. I suppose this is accurate. Compared to what men were wearing a hundred years ago from today, clothes haven’t drastically changed. We’ve got new materials and manufacturing processes, but we’re still wearing classic shirts, suits and boots.

Researching this piece has produced some captivating intrigues into the movie and maybe I’ve correctly identified some of the character traits by taking a deeper look at their costumes. Only time will tell - it’s less that a month unit we can all see it at the cinema. If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the Prometheus trailer.

Prometheus is released on June 1st in the UK and June 8th in the USA.

Liked this edition of Movie Monday? Why not check out a few other of Good Clobber’s Movie Monday posts here:

Ryan Gosling’s Jacket in DRIVE

Nicholas Holts’ 1960s clobber in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Jason Statham’s Harrington Jackets in SAFE

Thanks to 20th Century Fox for the Prometheus images.

*I was lucky enough to see a 13 minute preview of the film and a Q&A with Ridley Scott and cast in London. I think Ridley Scott said that Prometheus was set 10 years before Alien. Alien is set in 2122. I could be wrong.

Stath, SAFE and Baracuta Harrington Jackets

May 4th sees the release of the new Jason Statham Movie SAFE. Statham is a bit of a hero and although he’s probably never going to win an academy award a lot of his films can be wildly entertaining.

'The Stath' should also be noted for some of his excellent wardrobe choices. As a normal-geezer-done-good (formerly a street market tradesman who spent his early years in Great Yarmouth) Statham has the appeal of an everyman whilst managing to pull off true suave and chic.

Pertinently to this blog, Statham loves Baracuta Harrington Jackets - the high-end lightweight sports jacket that we’ve admired so many times here.

Here’s Statham with Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - note the black G9 Harrington Jacket, a true classic.

And here again in recent movie KILLER ELITE wearing another G9 Harrington, this time in the natural colourway.

SAFE hits cinemas on May 4th. The press release gives us a hint of the action: “Statham stars as ex-Government agent Luke Wright who over the course of one harrowing night tears a swath through NY city’s corrupt underworld in order to save a young girls life and redeem his own. “.

Check out the trailer below and the UK Facebook page here.

Thanks to Momentum, Entertainment Film and Just Jarad for the images.

Movie Monday: Ryan Gosling’s Jacket in DRIVE.

Movie Monday is a new feature on Good Clobber. Street level fashion is so often influenced by the world of film and television that it’s very much worth commenting on here. So, every Monday I’m going to cover a little bit of fashion or clothing from the silver screen (and sometimes the small screen too).

DRIVE is due to be released in the UK on Friday 23rd September (that’s this week!) from Icon Film Distribution and it’s getting a lot of hype. Notable UK film magazine Little White Lies dedicated a issue to DRIVE and I know a few people who have already seen the film; reactions for which have been very good.

The trailer is immensely cool (check it out at the bottom) and it looks as if the film oozes style. The main point of attraction for this blog is Ryan Reynold’s jacket.

Burnished and gleaming, the jacket looks to be silver or gold in many of the press images but I think it’s actually white satin. It’s got a classic sports-jacket shape with elasticated cuffs and waist.

It’s not too far off a Harrington Jacket, but looks to be quilted. The central zip leads up to a dark collar that folds back on itself. The sleeves meet the body of the jacket in what’s called a ‘bi-swing back’ or ‘action back’ where a rear insert panel of material is folded to allow more movement in the shoulder area. How appropriate for a character in an action film who, I imagine, will be vigorously turning a steering wheel under high pressure.

Director Nicholas Winding Refn commented in an interview with that the jacket is a bespoke creation, chosen by Gosling and designed to stand out:

"I wanted [Gosling] to wear a white satin jacket that would illuminate him at night. Good actors find their own costumes, so Ryan found a type of jacket that he really liked. And then we had that type of jacket made in satin. And then on top of that we incorporated the scorpion logo on the back.

There’s a great review of the film from the attire-interested film blog Clothes on Film that you should read here, in which a really intriguing observation is made: “A man of few words, Gosling speaks through movement: his walk is gliding, his profile aquiline, and his dress sense is pimped up. In short, he pretty much is a car.

I asked a friend, who has seen the film, to give me a couple of words on what they thought. The excited response is testament to how worth-while DRIVE is:

After the opening credits you’ll have decided that it’s already one of the coolest films that you’ve seen for a long time. Slow-motion shots, lingering fades and 80’s throwback music provide the backdrop for extreme violence, which together give the film an electricity that will leave your nerves tingling and your heart beat pounding. It’s by no means perfect, but by the end you’re not really sure if you care.

Check out the trailer below.

There are actually two other jackets worn in the film by Gosling; a classic Levi’s denim jacket and another sports jacket, this time in grey. They look equally brilliant. Our praise goes to the people behind the costumes for DRIVE; they really know what they’re doing.

Thanks to Icon and the below for the images.

Dallas Observer, Film Jackets (and Just Jared), Socialite Life, BuzzFeed, Beyond Hollywood and HeyUGuys and Clothes on Film.

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