Groom Suits

Menswear - Suits on Screen

Theme Analysis Report

Author - Andrew Brittain


What a person wears tells us about their character even before a single word is spoken. Costume Design has been an integral part of storytelling in cinema since the first projectors started rolling back in the early part of the twentieth century.
So what inspiration can we get from the silver screen.

Colour speaks volumes

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The Suave and sophisticated 1964 “Goldfinger” suit created by Anthony Sinclaire, and the bold outlandish 1989 Joker suit created by Bob Ringwood, couldn't be any more different. The same could therefore be said about James and the Joker. Colour is very powerful in conveying a mood and personality but sometimes can be too subtle or overdone.
The grey Prince of Wales check suit, worn in the third Bond film Goldfinger, remains one of the most iconic outfits in cinematic history. The waistcoat with narrow lapels, known as a collar vest, set the suit apart from any other. I personally like the suit, It's very smart and stylish, although I feel it's just a bit too monochrome and subdued for a modern day groom. On the other hand the Joker suit is far too bold. Yes there is an element of wanting to be center stage on your day however in most cases less is more.

A pop of colour

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Another suit, just a little bit later in 1968 very similar to the "Goldfinger" suit, is Steve Mcqueen's grey three-piece Glen Plaid or “Prince of Wales” check suit. This suit has a subtle hint of blue running through the check nicely accented by a blue lining and tie. The suit made by Savile row taylor Doug Hayward Wanted to keep the elegance of sharp British tailoring in mind but also give it a contemporary feel for a “swinging” London.
For me this suit is as smart and stylish as the James Bond suit but has a bit more personality about it just by adding a pop of colour.

Statement suit

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A hint of colour is quite nice, and maybe all you need, but don't be afraid of the use of colour. Midnight blue is an appropriate substitution for black in black tie attire, and is actually considered by many to be more formal than black. Under certain lights, black tuxedos can take on a greenish hue. Midnight blue actually looks blacker than black, and therefor more formal than black.
Bold, solid colours were used quite frequently in the 70's and with the recent trend in up upcycling vintage suits those more colourful suits are making a comeback
For the film Ancorman costume designer Susan Matheson Made the suits out of vintage polyester gabardine, the burgundy suit includes, like all of his suits, a vest, and the kind of wide, bold and chunky tie common to the 70's era.
You can go quite conservative with just a plain suit, take it a bit further with a pop of colour or ever take a leaf out of Ron Burgundy's book and go for that full on statement suit. Personally I went for the pop of colour approach, a clean sharp light grey suit with a window pane teal check accented with the same teal stiching used on the button hole and continued through to the lining.

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