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Famous Costumes That Secretly Showed Up In Other Movies

July 28, 2020 5.0k votes 574 voters 23.2k views17 items

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Have you ever been watching a television show or a movie and thought a costume looked familiar? It's entirely possible you've seen it before - on another show or film.

Hollywood studios, private collectors, and online sellers make it relatively easy to exchange sets, props, and clothing, allowing for costumes to show up in multiple movies or television series. When costumes appear on screen more than once, it can be the result of budget restrictions, finding a must-have item, or embracing a new fashion trend. 

Websites dedicate themselves to spotting recycled movie costumes, often identifying examples of reused wardrobes. It's possible an item seen front and center on one show could be placed in the background of another. Sometimes costume recycling is more subtle, with minor alterations or tweaks made to a piece in hopes viewers won't notice.

How do you feel about these movie costumes used more than once? Did you notice? 

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    'San Francisco' & 'The Wizard of Oz'

    Before the well-known dress worn by Glinda (AKA the Good Witch of the North) appeared in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, it was worn by actress Jeanette MacDonald in San Francisco.

    The dress had a slightly different collar in that 1936 film - a feature dress designer Adrian Adolph Greenberg altered for Glinda (Billie Burke). 

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    'Dangerous Liaisons' & 'Hocus Pocus'

    In the Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus (1993), actress Vinessa Shaw wears the same bustier Michelle Pfeiffer donned in 1988's Dangerous Liaisons.

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    'The Musketeer' & 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl'

    Justin Chambers played d'Artagnan in 2001's The Musketeer. While he wore several hats throughout the movie, one noteworthy piece showed up two years later atop Orlando Bloom's head in the final minutes of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

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    'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' & 'Braveheart '

    For his performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Alan Rickman earned a BAFTA nomination and award. The costume designer, John Bloomfield, also earned a nomination, having created looks like the ornate black leather armor donned by Rickman.

    That same armor showed up again in Braveheart (1995). 

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