Thursday, August 30, 2012

300 Spartan Costume

Last month, Prodiles in History auctioned off this screen-used Spartan costume from Zack Snyder's 300.

These costumes were designed by frequent Snyder collaborator Michael Wilkinson. I think he did a great job at translating the graphic novel art into a flesh and blood costume.  It's lines are really simple but it's somehow still stunning to look at.  This sold for $8000.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Kevin Sorbo's Hercules Costume

The Prop Store of London has a complete Hercules costume worn by Kevin Sorbo during the production of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.

So many of the Hercules and Xena costumes were sold off in little bits and pieces so it's rare to find one that's so complete including even the gauntlets and boots!  The listing at Prop Store indicates this was used in the season five Xena episode "God Fearing Child" and it may have been.  But there's a sewn-in costume tag dated December '97 which mean it was probably first used in season three of Hercules.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Immortals Costumes at Prop Store of London

The Prop Store of London has some amazing Immortals costumes available.  My favourites are this Titan costume and battle-damaged helmet.  As I've said before, I think Eiko Ishioka is a remarkable designer.  From her work on the 1992 Dracula through all her collaborations with Tarsem Singh, she managed to create extremely memorable pieces that are works of art in themselves.  Ishioka passed away in January 2012 so these pieces will be a lasting tribute to her talent.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Xena Costume Patterns

Here are some more treasures from the eBay auctions of shed11costumehouse in New Zealand.  These pieces come from the private collection of Jane Holland who was the Xena: Warrior Princess costume designer for seasons 5-6 after Ngila Dickson left to work on The Lord of the Rings.

These are actual reinforced patterns for pieces of Xena's iconic armour!  If someone wanted to make a replica there's no better place to start than the original source material.

As I said about the earlier auctioned pieces, these are amazing pieces of history from the show.  They deserve to be carefully archived and now they can be.