‘Slumdog Millionaire’: Costumes Were Sandpapered, Shredded, and Washed 50 Times to Get the Right Look

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Ever wonder why the costumes of TV shows and movies usually look on point, never missing the mark? Well, we have costume designers to thank for that. Costume designers ensure that actors’ outfits fit the narrative and timeline (as in the case of period dramas). outlander Where costume designers had to use pumice stones to ensure that the costumes were time-accurate).

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ poster | Prasad Ghori / Hindustan Times via Getty Images
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In Slumdog Millionaire, the costume department took its time with the outfits and employed a variety of techniques, including shearing and sandpaper, to get the perfect look, and it worked.

Designers create outfits from scratch

Slumdog Millionaire was a shot-on-location epic that tells the story of an orphaned child living in a slum who, despite trials and tribulations throughout his life, wanders his way to find love and become rich.


Sutirat Larlarb was the costume designer for the outfits seen by the audience Slumdog Millionaire. According to daily animal, Larlarb and fellow designers built everything from scratch in one studio. In India, people believe that the best way to store apparel is to hide them all in garbage bags, so Larlarb decides to impose the “New York system” on her.

Larlarb had a relatively easy time working on the costumes, but his biggest challenge was working with local Bollywood actors who always looked their best. Larlerb felt that colleagues made her work tedious and unproductive, as she was trying to realistically portray people in poverty who are usually unprepared.

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The designer also said that he had a hard time telling the people involved how to make the costumes thicker. She said, “If I wanted someone to roll up their sleeves, they would fold them in perfect symmetry.” However, he noted that his attention to detail partly stems from respect because actors are highly respected in India.

Designers used unconventional techniques to achieve the distressed look

To really achieve the look they were going for, Larlarb and his design team would remove shirts from the actors’ backs and stick them in the mud. The design team would resort to this method if their other troubling techniques, such as stretching, shearing and washing the outfits about 50 times, failed to achieve their desired results.

Larlerb said that during filming he had to visit about 50 stores in search of “beggar” costumes, but to no avail. She also sold some handmade clothes to street children to see their “totally dirty clothes”.

Another challenge Larlarb had was creating a visual line for the characters whose film had aged quite a bit. According to buzzfeedLatika was decked out with yellow colored shots that helped her stand out from the Technicolor crowd of Mumbai.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ receives critical acclaim

The film premiered in August 2015 and received critical acclaim. in 2009 slumdog millionaire It won eight out of 10 of the Academy Awards, making it the fifteenth film nominated to achieve such a feat. It won seven of the eleven BAFTA Awards and five of the six Critics’ Choice Awards for which it was nominated.

The film was highly praised, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a solid 91%, while Metacritic gave it 86 out of 100. However, despite Larlerb’s success in capturing the true essence of street life in Mumbai, his work on the film was barely recognized. The film won several awards, but Larlerb won only one, a top honor at an awards-giving dinner hosted by Debra Messing at the Costume Designers Guild Awards. will and grace fame.

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