Military and Law Enforcement Uniforms
Designing for scripts with military settings is a delicate balance of painstaking research and manipulating emotions for story telling points. Stories in these settings often depend on high stakes for the characters, yet audience members can take offense if wardrobe fails to incorporate proper research. There are also legal limitations using certain kinds of uniforms, so the costume preparation must be thoughtful and effective.
Click on the tabs to the right to view Sky Girls and the Caine Mutiny Court Martial to view World War II American uniforms. Click on Much Ado About Nothing for contemporary US naval uniforms and Macbeth to view British WWI uniforms.
The 2000 feature film In Pursuit starring Daniel Baldwin, Claudia Shiffer and Coolio incorporated many branches of law enforcement: a desert SWAT team, Border Patrol, and numerous city, state and federal uniformed branches. Research included consultation with military public relations personnel and interviews with members of law enforcement.