World War II is a subject that filmmakers return to every year. In 2023 alone, we saw the U.S. home front tackled at a universal scale in “Oppenheimer,” the sweep of European resistance in “All The Light We Cannot See,” “A Small Light,” and “Transatlantic,” indulged in the action-packed catharsis of a Nazi murder-spree in “Sisu,” and heard, if not seen, the horror of the death camps in “The Zone of Interest.”

More recent series recreate the era, too, including Tom Hanks’ and Steven Spielberg’s third piece in their TV miniseries triumvirate about the American war effort, “Masters of the Air,” as well as Baz Lurhman’s, Hugh Jackman’s, and Nicole Kidman’s return to sweeping WWII melodrama in “Faraway Downs.” This is to say nothing of multi-season series, like the recently completed “Rogue Heroes” or the upcoming final season of “A League of Their Own,” that spend more than one campaign’s worth of time in the ’40s.

That’s a lot of sustained cinematic interest in World War II, which made IndieWiree curious: Where do all the Nazi uniforms and cute resistance berets live when we’re not dramatizing the Blitzkrieg across Europe? How much customization do different projects need to do and what’s possible at different budget levels? Is vintage shopping for civilian costume options still viable, which might suggest that Hollywood’s fascination with the ’40s is a direct reflection of the era’s cultural staying power in our own modern aesthetic sensibilities?

So, we reached out to some costume designers about their experience designing in the era. Almost everyone we spoke to has worked on multiple shows and movies set during World War II. “All The Light We Cannot See” costume designer Andrea Flesch wins the specialist citation for having completed six films, two short films, and two television shows that all take place in the shadow of the war. But even Ellen Mirojick, whose work on “Oppenheimer” is her first foray into this particular period, noted that the interest is so rabid it requires designers to really get creative with sourcing costumes — that there aren’t enough rentals available in all the U.S. costume houses combined when multiple films and TV series are shooting. Anna Vilppunen, costume designer of “Sisu,” confirmed that costume designers themselves constantly have to grapple with where WWII costumes come from.

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