That Marvelous Costume: ‘Gladiator’

Gladiator is clearly one of the best movies ever made, delivering powerful performances by Russel Crowe, Connie Nielson, and Joaquin Phoenix, fantastic action that felt legitimately epic, and a tremendous story that one can’t help being riveted by. But, like the last two films that I have highlighted for this series, Gladiator also shines for its costumes, costumes that would go on to win Janty Yates her only Oscar for Best Costume Design, and deservedly so.

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You have the stunning dresses Lucilla wears and the imposing garments Commodus dons as the new Roman Emperor.

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Russel Crowe looks positively regal in his armor and fur cape as the General of the Roman Emperor’s grand army. As he rides by on his horse with his trusty dog following close behind it is very clear that he is the leader and you can’t help being awed by his presence.

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The senators look grand but still carry an air of menace in their drape-like togas.

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Or even the simpler designs for the slaves’ tunics,

or the actual Gladiator armor, every detail of every costume feels deliberate and perfectly crafted. Like I said before, this is a great movie and it’s the costumes that help seal the deal.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

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