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This Is What the Cast Wears in Beach Boys Biopic 'Love & Mercy'

Francois Duhamel
'Love & Mercy'

Plaids for days.

Most people associate surfers with wet suits, but on June 5, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy biopic about The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson reveals an unlikely fixture in California surf culture: plaid.


"The Beach Boys wore shirts by Pendleton," explains Los Angeles-based costume designer Danny Glicker (Milk, Up in the Air), who outfitted the actors in checkered blue button-ups to re-create the cover of the band’s 1962 album, Surfin’ Safari. "At the time, the shirts created a distinct visual that came to embody the fantasy of Southern California."

Proof of the brand’s comeback? New fans include castmembers John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks, who along with the crew were gifted with wool Pendletons of their own at the film’s wrap party.

BEACH BASH: To capture the sunny vibe of their earlier tunes, Glicker opted for preppy pastel tops, perky printed board shorts ("most were designed by Jansport back then," he says) and canvas Vans or Sperry Top-Siders — when they weren’t going barefoot. "It was fun to recreate such an optimistic era within American pop culture."

This story first appeared in the May 30 issue of Billboard magazine.

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