You always need to put your stamp on a character, but we were clear from the beginning that they had to be sartorially distinctive. Little things like Tommy wears the collar but without the tie, while some of the others wear a tie or a dicky bow. They don’t have that much money, but the money that they do they spend on their clobber. Every actor can really find a character through the costume. ~ Cillian Murphy on his Peaky Blinders costume (X)
"It’s true that I do often feel like shades of various characters are influencing me, and that my personality itself is a blend of many personalities (not that I’m schizophrenic!). And on some days I choose my outfit with a character or type in mind, someone whose attitude, philosophy, or manner I feel like emulating or, just as often, someone who already fits the mood in which I find myself. But is there one character that looms large and attracts me more frequently than others? I’m really not sure. The truth is, I don’t actually play a character – different outfits give me different feelings and those feelings are often linked in my head to literary (or even historical) figures, but not always specific ones. I may dress vaguely like a character in a Graham Greene or Evelyn Waugh novel – although not a specific character. Or I may dress in a way that makes me think of Byron or Goethe’s Werther or some other romantic figure, either fictional or historical. Whatever I’m wearing, I’m always playing Natty.”
Photo Credit: tsbmen.com - A Sartorial Poet feat. Nathaniel Adams
With Mr. Gittes.