Siam Costumes take a seat at the Round Table

We are very excited to announce that we are currently working on Guy Ritchie’s upcoming feature film, Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur.

Set to star Charlie Hunnam as King Arthur and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as Queen Guinevere. Jude law and Djimon Hounsou are two other actors who are rumored to star alongside Charlie and Astrid.

Funnily enough this will be the third feature film that we have worked on, which Charlie Hunnam has also starred in. Knights of the Round table is currently set for 2016 release, so watch this space!

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From Bangkok to The Big Screen

This year yet again Siam Costumes has been on a journey of a lifetime; Whether it was a dangerous quest among mythical gods through ancient Egypt or searching for love in a futuristic world where emotions have been eradicated, Siam Costumes once again live to tell the tale.

From those first phone calls, emails and meetings, going through designs, going through and taking measurements, fabric choices, buttons, shoes, making and altering the patterns, making and altering the costumes, all the way to the sending and receiving…and that’s just me keeping it short and simple. It’s always a blessing to be able to sit back with some pop corn and a drink and witness everyone’s hard work being displayed on the big screen.

Towards the end of this year and next year we and yourselves can witness our work in such feature films and TV productions such as; Crimson Peak, Equals, The Water Diviner, The Hobbit: Battle of The Fiver Armies, By Way of Helena, Deadline Gallipoli, The Originals, The Secret River and Dr Blake Mysteries. Although 2016 may seem a long time away, for us not so much as we look forward to seeing our work on Gods of Egypt and Guy Ritchie’s Knights of The Roundtable: King Arthur, which we are currently working on. So watch this space!

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Siam Equals Costumes

When Siam Costumes were recently approached and asked to work on the upcoming Sci-Fi film Equals, we were more than thrilled. As this news is fairly recent and as much as I hate to repeat myself, I will not be able to share any information on the production or of costumes as of yet, but fear not once more information has been officially released then I shall take you further into the loop.

 

For those who may not know, Equals is a futuristic love story set in a world where emotions have been eradicated, set to star Kristen Stewart alongside Nicholas Hoult and also the renowned actor Guy Pearce, which will be his second time working with the director. From the critically acclaimed author Nathan Parker who brought eye-opening stories in recent years such as Moon to the big screen, which was also a Sci-fi classic amongst the critics and film lovers. Based on the author and story, we may expect to see a collaboration of Moon and Equilibrium with a sweet romantic touch or perhaps something completely different. The Director Drake Doremus could be a new name to most but to some he is known for his independent romantic/Drama yet innocently comedic films such as Like Crazy and Breathe In.

 

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Busy Bee’s

As usual Siam’s Little Helpers have been busy at work, with more than one production at once costumes have been flying out of the workshop, from WW1 uniforms,1900 mens frock coats and suits to traditional Siamese costumes.

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Here you can see Rampai one of our pattern cutters, cutting out some fabric for the WW2 uniforms.

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I’ve caught Sak by surprise as he’s constructing one of the men’s WW1 tunics, best leave him to it.

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Gorya and Nok supply the finishing touches to the traditional Siamese costumes.

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Patiently waiting, almost ready.

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Sebastian sorting out the financial accounts.

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Alexander working on the social networks and marketing.

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Not entirely sure what sing is trying to accomplish here, but that’s all for today.

2013 Movie releases: From Siam to Hollywood

As the year once again draws to an end and 2014 is almost amongst us, we take the time to reflect on what has been yet another great year. In this post we will be focusing purely on the movies we have worked on. Whether its fighting off Ninjas in Japan, Uniting with the gods and saving the world, Being held captive on the Thai/Burma Border by Japanese soldiers, Taking down one of Los Angeles most notorious Gangsters, Stealing treasure off a Dragon and many more memorable stories.

The Following are films that we worked on the year before however saw there release this year:

1. Gangster Squad (January 11th 2013)

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The area is Los Angeles and the year is 1949, the notorious Jewish gangster Micky Cohen; who is short in both height and temper, though his organised crime empire is at large and due to this he has taken over the city. An undercover crew of police officers led by a determined sergeant, do everything they can to take down the boss and not exactly by the book.

It was our first time working with the wonderful costume designer Mary Zophres who has worked on classic after classic from “O brother where art thou”, “Catch me if you can” and “No country for old men”. Although it wasn’t out first or second time working the costume designer assistant, Terry Anderson who has worked on hit films such as “3:10 to Yuma”, “Inception” and “J.Edgar“. We worked with Terry a year before on “Captain America” where we made a load of 1940’s suits shirts footwear etc which is why when we got the order for Gangster Squad it was something we were very familiar with,we ended up making again Suits, Overcoats, Shirts and Ties.

2. The Wolverine (26th July)

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After trying to live a somewhat normal life among ordinary people, out of the blue Wolverine is summoned to Japan, where he meets an ex Japanese soldier, who he had saved during the war however he is now sitting in his death-bed on top of a multi million business. Wolverine is offered the one thing that he deemed indefinite by most but impossible for him, that being death. He finally gets to face his demons.

Once again it was our first time working with costume designer Isis Mussenden who did an amazing job on the Narnia trilogy. For The Wolverine we made the Ninjas outfits that you see when Wolverine is captured by these fiends . They also appear when the leader of the Ninja’s fights alongside Wolverine in the finale fight scene.

3. Thor: The Dark World (30th October)

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It’s been two years since Thor was last with Jane, a lot has happened since then. The leader of the dark elves has managed to get his hands on a weapon that could destroy earth as well as the Asgard empire. Thor is forced to team up with his once arch-enemy, blood bound brother Loki  and Jane discovers a wormhole that will change everything.

We supplied Footwear for this hit sequel.

 

 

 

 

4. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug (13th December)

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The Dwarfs and Hobbits are it again as they continue their quest and venture deeper into the unknown, this time without the great wizard Gandalf, where he has disappeared off to? only time will tale. Bilbo must now prove his worthiness and fulfil his agreement as a burglar and steal off the last remaining dragon on middle-earth, Smaug.

We supplied haps  of Haberdasheries, Footwear, Trimmings, Fabrics and Jewellery, which will also be featured on the final instalment of the highly anticipated trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

5. 47 Ronin (25th December)

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A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

We supplied fabric for this fantasy action packed blockbuster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. The Railwayman (26th December)

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The Railwayman based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax, who was one among thousands of prisoner of war, forced to build the railway between Thailand and India. After making a secret radio to inform and warn other prisoners, Eric is tortured, beaten and isolated. It is not until after the war when he meets Patti and falls in love. With her help and support , she enables him overcome his traumatic past. However the past is never that far away, when he meets up with his comrades the whereabout of the man who took him so near to deaths door is known and Lomax is elected to reap revenge on savage sadistic adversary

It was our first time working with the  designer Lizzy Gardiner who was the youngest designer to win an oscar for costume, and rightly so “Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”was an amazing piece of work on an almost non-existent budget.. This was the largest amount of costumes we made for a movie last year, with hundreds upon hundreds of Uniforms, shirts, footwear and headwear  for both the Japanese/Allied  soldiers, Officers and prisoners. So we look forward to Boxing day where we finally get to see how our costumes look on the big screen.

 

 

 

Next time we will be looking at the costumes we made for Movies and T.V series this year however won’t be realised until next year or the year after.

Company Cribs: Siam Costumes Part 3

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Last and not least, we will be having a look at the third and final building of Siam Costumes. By now you should have a gist of what to expect,and  as promised we will have a look into our stock room unfortunately due to privacy policies we hold with our clients, we won’t be showing you anything that we are working on currently. Shall we begin?

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We shall skip the ground floor, as it’s the other side of the workshop which I mostly covered on the last post. As we make our way to the second floor here is a brief sample of our zip stock, the reason why they are placed here is because these are the most commonly used zips, also if you notice we have Saddam Hussein looking over them for safe keeping.

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Here is some of our tens of thousand buttons, bought from all over Asia mainly being Hong Kong. Almost every production we have worked on consist of at least one of these buttons.

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Here is half of our military insignias, mainly consisting of Nazi WW2 insignias from Inglorious Basterds. As well as a load of braiding, and trimmings which comes in handy more often than not, especially for light entertainment productions.

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The firs room holds thousands of fabric samples , from stores all around Asia but once again mainly Hong Kong and China. Sorry about the mess I swear there was a time when it was all neatly organised, and those boxes ,yes you guessed correctly those are filled with hundreds more fabric samples.

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The reason why we have a room dedicated to these store samples, is because before they were placed in boxes and Darryl tends to remind us ” I hate having things in boxes, you just can never find what you are looking for” which is a fair point. Having the samples placed on the wall, in fabric categories I.e wools and Velvets…allows us and the clients to easily navigate our way through and find the suitable fabric.

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Don’t worry Its not what It looks like, Siam Costumes aren’t secretly part of a racist cult. These are arm bands from which movie? Seabiscuit? Seriously thats your answer, I’ve already mentioned the film one or two times, “Inglorious Basterds”.

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Oops sorry to interrupt, didn’t know this kind of party was going on up here. Ill leave you guys to it.

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This room is packed with more fabric, mainly the heavy rolled ones. Also a lot of our light entertainment such as fabric used for Theme Parks, is later stored within this room.

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Here is a collection of our unique ties, thats right i said unique, we have hundreds of plain black and white ties stored away in the cupboard. However these beautiful ties are very unique in each design.They have also previously been used in several 1930-50s productions.

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Onto the last room of the tour, and what  room is more worthy of an encore than the stock room. This room is where we store a lot of our samples and prototypes of previous and upcoming productions.

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You may remember this from a previous post. Its The Hollywood Letter characters from Universal Studios Singapore, Hollywood dreams parade.

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One of our several prototypes from Tarantino’s classic remake Inglorious Basterds.

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A prototype from an upcoming WW2 production, so remember where you saw it first.

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A sample from Opera Australia Carmen.

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Any super hero fans? You may recognise this costume although the scenes they were worn in were very dark for obvious dramatic reasons, they are the vest’s that the ninjas wore in this years The Wolverine.

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The curtains are closing, and I’m afraid this is the official end of the tour. It was pleasure showing you around and giving you an insight into our workshop but I’m afraid we have a lot of work to get on with. Thank you and Good Bye.

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At least some one is pleased to be leaving the workshop.

Company Cribs: Siam Costumes Part 2

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Your back already!? This time we shall venture into the second building and have a look at the workshop , a collection of rare authentic fabrics along with other hidden gems.

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As you can see our workshop is split into two sides, as most of the time we will be working on several productions at once. This way it makes it a lot easier to oversee our work.

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If you look closely you may notice the black and white striped fabric. Any ideas ,apart from prisoners and robbers who can be seen in a black and white striped clothes? No luck, how about that quirky fella Beetlejuice.

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So that’s the ground floor where all the magic happens, let’s make our way upstairs and see what we can find.

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I can see Michael in our second pattern cutting room , let’s go and have a look and see what he’s up to.

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We finally found Sebastian, call off the search and rescue team and Michael Sloan who I mentioned in a previous blog, I won’t hesitate to describe him as one of the best pattern cutters in America. Young grasshopper Sebastian is lucky to be able to have michael teach him few tips about pattern cutting. I best leave them to it.

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This room is very popular among costume designers, in fact any one who works within the costume industry. It would be rude not to step inside.

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We call this, the room of natural beauty, I’m joking its referred to as the northern room. This authentic library of fabric has been stocking up for over the past 10-15 years from northern Thailand, Laos, Burma and Cambodia.

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I once had the pleasure of going up to a small town in northern Thailand as Darryl was visiting some factories to buy some cotton, whilst he was looking through the mountains of fabric he told me when he goes to these factories he feels like a little kid in a sweet store, he also said that his wife hates him going up here as he can’t help but buy “too much” fabric although when he sees an unusual fabric he is already thinking of which type of film or stage production it could be used on.

Thats enough of that, up to the last floor of this building.

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At the top of the stairs, you are greeted by draws and draws of files, here is an example of some. We don’t just store everything on the computers as its not practical at times when we need to refer back to styles, patterns etc. See if you can notice any previous productions.

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Not one of the most popular rooms of the building, but never the less one of the most important. Here is another library this time of previous patterns from many different productions, this is useful as sometimes costumes will repeat itself especially suits, shirts, etc so it saves a lot of time rather than having to construct a new pattern each time.

And once again we have come to an end, for now. Next time we will be showing you around the 3rd and final building, where you will get to see our notorious stock room, our fabric sample room and others you will just have to wait and see, until next time.

Company Cribs: Siam Costumes Part 1

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Today I shall be giving you a tour around our office/ workshop, which is located deep in the heart of Bangkok. Whether its the thousands upon thousands yards of fabric, the highly skilled Siam little helper’s or the memorable costumes from Inglorious Basterds to   The Wolverine, we will be taking you behind the closed curtains.
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This is the first of three buildings, shall we go and have a look?
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At the ground floor is one room among several where we stock thousands of yards of fabric, from Shirting, Suiting, Linen, Lining, Satin and Interfacing. Who knows when you may see them again perhaps on the big screen, on stage, in a hotel, in a theme park or on a cruise ship, the possibilities are endless.
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Its no wonder why on a special occasion where we get some garments made for us we take a long time picking our choice of fabric as we are truly spoilt for choice. Thats enough of this floor lets make our way up the stairs.
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As we enter the 2nd floor, we can see one of our two pattern cutting rooms. Lets have a little sneak peak then see what they’re up to.
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Arif one of our key pattern cutters seems to be in deep thought whilst he constructs a pattern. At the moment he’s working on the latest order from Universal Studios Singapore.
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Rampai who has been taken under the wing of Arif for over a year now. Very happy to see us as usual whilst also promoting world peace. Shall we make our way to the top floor.
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Hang on first of all we have to try to make it past the bosses private security guard Basil, good to see though he’s doing his job and guarding the fort.
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Here is Alex one of our young Admin/Sales advisors, he must of heard us scuffling up the stairs past the big bad dog. Looks like were missing Sebastian , perhaps we will find him lurking around one of the other buildings.
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We finally arrive at the kings chambers, Darryl is busy working plus he’s already given us an interview not so long ago so I won’t interrupt him. If you look closely you may notice some fabric samples on his desk, which is for the next production in the pipeline which I will keep you posted on. The tour for the first building has drawn to an end, next time I shall be showing you around the workshop where you can be introduced to Siam’s little helpers, more of extensive fabric collection as well as memorable costumes.