Dressing the Part in The Conspirator

A look at the costume design for the Civil War era film.

Although the upcoming motion picture, The Conspirator, has mixed reviews as to the political message intertwined within the story depicted in the film, many of us anxiously anticipate the costume design of this period film more than the storyline.

Costume design is vital to a period drama to help capture the historical era accurately. The Conspirator is set immediately after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 and focuses on the trial of Mary Surratt, the woman accused of being a co-conspirator in the plot to assassinate Lincoln.

Below is a video highlighting the process of researching, designing, and producing accurate costumes for The Conspirator. Be sure to utilize the “Full Screen” button in the lower right corner of the video to view the fashions in up-close detail.

Furthermore, The Conspirator Facebook page has launched a photo album “Costuming The Conspirator” where you can view the inspiration for the costumes featured in the film and get a close look at the pieces worn by the film’s extras and supporting cast. View “Costuming The Conspirator” here.