Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, Agent Smith...
Make A Matrix Costume
From left to right,
Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus,
Keanu Reeves as Neo &
Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity.
The Matrix trilogy was not only big at the box office, but created a fashion following as well. While the costumes of 'The Matrix', 'Matrix Reloaded' and 'Matrix Revolutions' were each a bit different, the basic look remains hot. Here's how to recreate it on a variety of budgets.
Blinde Design was hired to create the original sunglasses used in the movie. They also made the officially licensed versions. It's very difficult to find these now, and they tend to be very expensive.
Other companies have produced their own versions. Be aware that sunglass styles changed for each movie in the Matrix trilogy. Blinde also created male and female versions of each style. For example, there's a Trinity style for men. All this means that there are numerous "accurate" Matrix sunglass styles available.
Knock-offs run the gamut in both price and accuracy. If you'll be wearing these sunglasses on a regular basis, it's a good idea to buy better quality. Cheap glasses are unlikely to be comfortable or to have UVA/UVB protection. The mid-range versions have both.
The first film's costumes were different from those in the second and third films. Furthermore, fabrics and patterns changed with the needs of each scene. In other words, you have some flexibility. We'll start with coats available for purchase and then move on to how you can make your own.
There are officially licensed versions of each character's coat ranging in price from cheap to relatively expensive. At first glance, it can be hard to tell them apart, but the difference is in the materials. If you go this route, choose your coat based on how often you'll be wearing it. You don't want it falling apart after just one or two nights out.
Of course, the more money you spend, the nicer the item. If you plan to wear your coat as more than just a costume, here's some better options.
- Baron Boutique makes screen-accurate, custom tailored Neo coats from all 3 movies, but they cost in the hundreds of dollars.
- A black priest's cassock is close enough to fool most people.
- Try a Kung Fu Robe. Roll down the cuffs & get black lining.
- Or sew your own. There are plenty of patterns available for both priests' cassocks and kung fu robes, and they're fairly simple to alter.
- Black, long vinyl coat and pants. (A raincoat might do the trick, and leatherette pants will also work.)
- Or sew your own! Search online for Simplicity pattern 5380. It includes the duster coat, a lace-up top (not screen accurate, but no-one will notice) & pants
- Any long, dark, leather-look trench coat. Just remove the belt and unfold the lapels flat across your chest.
- Or sew your own with Simplicity pattern 5386. Purists will want to use metallic gray "crocodile" fabric to get the right texture and sheen.
It's worth noting that you can take a good picture of any article of clothing to a tailor and get a custom-fitted replica.
And don't forget your local thrift stores. Look for ankle length black coats. Cut the collar flaps off to get a Neo 'Reloaded' look. Leave them on for a Neo lobby scene trench coat. Unfold the collar across the chest for Morpheus. Seek out shiny black raincoats for Trinity.
- Motor Cowboy makes & sells high quality replicas for around $500.
- T.U.K. has 4-Strap Boots that will fool all but the most obsessed, and they're a lot cheaper at around $145.
- Neo also has many scenes in the trilogy where he appears to be wearing black, patent leather Oxfords.
- Even purists will like Bloch Women's Fonda Knee-High Boots.
- A less expensive option would be Ela riding boots.
- If you already have low-heeled, knee-high black boots, you can spray them with Rustoleum to make them shiny. However, be aware that the process is NOT reversible.
- In most of the scenes inside the Matrix, Morpheus wears black, patent leather Oxfords
- In others, he wears shoes similar to Florsheim Kenmoor Oxfords in wine.
To complete your Neo outfit, you'll need:
- A tight, plain, long sleeved, black top
- Black dress pants
If you want the look from the first movie, you may also want:
- Black BDU pants
- A black rappelling harness
- Black shoulder holsters
To complete your Trinity outfit, look for the following items in black "wet look", vinyl, latex, PVC, pleather, PU / polyurethane or patent leather:
- Opera gloves
- Pants with belt loops
- A sleeveless top. (She wears several.)
- For the jacketless look from the first film, use a black belt with silver buckle
To complete your Morpheus outfit, you'll need:
- A classic black dress shirt
- A mint green tie
- A round, silver tie tack
- For 'The Matrix', use a black suit. For 'Reloaded', use a purple vest and matching pants. Sew on white buttons. For 'Revolutions', use a 3-piece black suit.
For an Agent outfit, you'll need:
- Sunglasses (see the sunglasses section)
- A 3-button, black business suit. (In the first film, the suit seemed to be more of a cross between charcoal and brown.)
- Medium width black tie
- Silver bar tie clip
- White dress shirt
- Shiny black dress shoes
- A clear earpiece with coiled cord