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A close-up on this year's film costumes
A close-up on this year's film costumes

From the lava-like raw-linen tunic inspired by avant-garde Japanese design in "The Tempest" to the Rodarte-designed twisted tutus in "Black Swan," the fashion in this holiday season's "prestige" films is notable for historical references and inventive approaches to traditional costuming. Here we talk to costume designers about the inspirations ( Grace Kelly and Comme des Garçons), headaches (1930s vintage styles and dense, 32-ounce wools) and triumphs (delicate wings and illumination technology) of working on six stylish new films. 'True Grit' "True Grit," opening Wednesday, is Joel and Ethan Coen's take on Charles...

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