December 14, 2010
I must confess, I mostly watch Boardwalk Empire for the beautiful clothes the women wear (although the show is shot exquisitely!). Every time I see a scene in the dress shop or even the lingerie and robes worn by the ladies in their homes my heart goes all a flutter.

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The costumes were designed by John A. Dunn and crafted by Martin Greenfield using the Fashion Institute of Technology's 1920s tailoring books as their main source of inspiration. (Yay for vintage inspirations!) A few pieces are rented from a vintage shop in Albany, NY (Daybreak Vintage Company).

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In an interview with Esquire magazine (Sept 2010) costume designer John A. Dunn is quoted "I developed the feel for each of the characters. We all wanted it to be very, very accurate and specific to the period. So, I limited myself to the fabrics of 1920."

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Credits: Costume design information from Boardwalk Empire Wiki. Read more on John A Dunn's interview with Esquire Here.

Image Credits: Behind the Scenes of Boardwalk Empire, Men's Fashion on, Boardwalk Empire on


  1. Wow. Loved this post. This is my favourite era by far. XXX

  2. ahhhh i have been meaning to watch this show! what wonderful costumes, looks absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Yes, the costumes are just SO perfect!!

  4. So beautiful costumes, I hope this show will be seen in Finland soon!

    autumn, coffee and inspiration

  5. brilliant! love the costumes so much!

  6. Boardwalk Empire is my favorite show on television, one of the few that I actually watch actually. (I'm not big on TV and I'm sad the season is already over!) I love how accurate everything is, especially the fashion and I appreciate such great attention to detail; it really transports you back in to the Prohibition with them!

    xoxo coco

  7. Brilliant! I especially love the non-dress up costumes that translates the 1920s so well. Absolutely beautiful.

  8. i love the vintage dresses and the costumes are so perfect lovelyy

  9. Oh, I have those satin bow hangers too :)

    Thank you for great posts!

  10. I love movies with costume dresses! Its so fun to watch them!


  11. I absolutely adore these wonderful costumes.

    Thanks for this, will be sure to check out this show! Seems interesting.


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