King Kong (2005) short review


Not really a costume movie, but as it’s set in the 1930s, here it is!  A really really enjoyable film if a tiny bit too long.  It has the benefits of stunning visual effects and really humanizing both Kong and the other characters.  I was most impressed by the digital recreations of 1930s New York City, which were jaw-dropping.  Most of the nice costumes are on Naomi Watts in the first and last parts of the movie. She has some great early 1930s wool cloche hats, and a really  ice overcoat with great sleeves (look for the buttons and cuffs). Considering taking a bathroom break when the giant bugs come on screen, tho.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

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  1. Heidi Cochran

    The only film that ever made me truly want to trade my auburn hair for blonde. Naomi Watts’ hair/wig in this is just so pretty.