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Famous Costumes That Secretly Showed Up In Other Movies

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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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    'On the Riviera' & 'Monkey Business'

    Actress Gene Tierney was married to designer Oleg Cassini, the man who designed dresses for many of her movies.

    In 1951, Tierney wore a long red dress designed by her husband in On the Riviera. Marilyn Monroe donned the same dress the following year when she appeared in Monkey Business.

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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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    'Elizabeth' (1998), 'Elizabeth' (2000), & 'The Tudors'

    The black dress worn by Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth in 1998 has made its way around Tudor-based dramas.

    It also appears in the Elizabeth docu-drama from 2000 (worn by Imogen Slaughter) and on Anne Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) in The Tudors.

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    'Titanic' & 'Tuck Everlasting'

    The pink wool coat worn by Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) in 1997's Titanic is also donned by Winifred Foster (Alexis Bledel) in 2002's Tuck Everlasting.

    According to recycledmoviecostumes.com, the coat worn by Bledel was one of several made for Winslet, equipped with some slight modifications.

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