Dear Costume Department: ‘Richard III’


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How many directors have staged modern productions of Shakespeare, would you guess? And how many have gone too far with the whole let’s-make-this-current! ethos (see: Peter Sellers’ Othello with Philip Seymour Hoffman)? Thankfully, Sam Mendes was able to contain himself with his take on Richard III, which opened at BAM this month, and that makes dressing an evil king (a.k.a. Kevin Spacey) legitimately fun.

Something about this suit from the LA line Native Son is troubling, giving you confidence that the guy wearing it could most definitely take out both his brothers.

With a simple cane from Omhu, the Duke of York can really sell his sweetness until he claws his way to the top.

Simon Carter’s cufflinks are glitzy, dark, and aspirational — which is to say: just right.

This leather-and-wool overcoat from Joseph is slick enough to charm Lady Anne despite herself.

In an ultra-crisp white Duncan Quinn shirt, Richard can make the whole affair look a lot less messy than it actually is.

These Barker Black brogues don’t look terribly menacing… and then you see the skulls and crossbones on the soles.