When Marlon Brando wowed in a suit
Marlon Brando is one of the very icons of masculinity in the hey day of Old Hollywood, joining the ranks of perhaps Cary Grant and Gregory Peck. However, though people know him better for the unfiltered manliness he exudes while wearing just a barely there T-shirt and a shouldering glare like in one of his famous early films A Streetcar named Desire, Brando does dress more formally in his other roles in films that call for more formal attire. And in those roles, his method acting, sharp style, and trademark glower make for a devastating combination. Here we at OTAA show case those moments Marlon Brando uses a suit to such a mesmerising effect
Surprise, surprise, there actually is a scene in the 1951 film where Marlon Brando's character Stanley Kowalski does dress up. Here we can see the wardrobe test of Brando dressed in a high waisted double pleated beige chinos, matching button suspenders, black long pointed collar dress shirt, and black patent leather shoes for his role as Kowalski in the dinner scene where he celebrates his wife's birthday in their apartment.
Marlon Brando in a colour photo taken possibly during the 50s. Here he wears a baby blue flannel suit with a wide peak lapeled suit jacket, a satin navy blue dress shirt along with matching pocket square, and a white silk tie with a sun pattern
Marlon Brando on receiving his first Oscar for his role in the 1953 crime thriller On the Waterfront. He wears a shawl collared black tuxedo with a narrow satin batwing black bow tie
Marlon Brando participating in a civil rights rally with Paul Newman in 1961. He wears an all black suit with a thin notch lapeled suit jacket and a black skinny tie worn over a spread collared white dress shirt and matching pocket square
Marlon Brando in the 1963 political thriller The Ugly American playing Harrison Carter MacWhite, an American ambassador to the fictional country of Sarkhan. Here he wears a charcoal wool three piece suit to a hearing with a narrow notch lapeled suit jacket, matching high waistcoat, pointed collar dress shirt with french cuffs adorned with gold cufflinks, and a white polka dotted navy blue skinny tie.
Brando in a wardrobe test for his role as MacWhite. Here he wears an all white suit made from cotton and consists of a narrow notch lapeled suit jacket with a spread collar dress shirt and a silk pocket square to match. The monochromatic outfit is only broken by the black cotton skinny tie and the black patent leather loafers
Here we see MacWhite again this time taking part in a glitzy party bedecked in a wool navy blue peak lapeled tailcoat, charcoal pinstriped trousers, high buttoned beige waistcoat, and a black white patterned neck tie paired with a spread collared white dress shirt
Here Marlon Brando plays Don Corleone in the 1972 crime film The Godfather. He wears a black tuxedo with a tux jacket that has satin “cran Necker” (or Parisian) lapels, and matching waistcoat. This is paired with a silk satin batwing bow tie and his shirt is white with a stiff plain front bib featuring a detachable wing collar and single cuffs adorned with silver cufflinks. He wears a natural red rose on his lapel.
Don Corleone wears a wool navy blue three piece suit in this scene, with a suit jacket that has the same cran Necker lapels, matching waist coat, and white long point collared dress shirt with matching pocket square. The outfit is finished with a crimson red paisley silk neck tie
Marlon Brando, during the Oscars where he famously rejected his award for his role in Godfather. Here he wears a shawl collared black tuxedo jacket and spread collared white dress shirt adorned simply with a silk hand tied batwing bow tie
It is easy for a brute like the characters Marlon Brando usually plays in films like Street car named Desire or The Wild One to look awkward like fish out of water when they don a suit. However, a talented actor like Marlon Brando had managed to make any time he wears a suit for any role or occasion much more than the sum of its parts, and we at OTAA are privileged in offering this unique insight to how Brando has done it over the years