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Filmmaker Wes Anderson is best known for his distinctive visual aesthetic and quirky, comical films. His use of colors, music, and set design helps the director tell the story. With his recently released Asteroid City, Anderson continues to maintain this stylized way of storytelling. He’s received numerous awards for the 11 films under his belt.

What makes Anderson’s films so memorable is how the set design is so minimal, yet every aspect of the color palette is well-thought-out. Hues of orange and teal, pink and baby blue, and red and brown have an overarching consistency in each film. When it comes to styling his characters, Wes’ costume design features either exceptionally clean cuts or wild, bold colors. Some characters have both of these aspects. That is why they are so fun to dress up as on Halloween for a DIY project.

Anderson’s first film was 1996’s Bottle Rocket, which starred Owen and Luke Wilson. Though the crime comedy was well-reviewed, it didn’t do too well at the box office, earning only $560,069 with a budget of $5 million. His next film came two years later with Rushmore. It’s a story about a high school student named Max (Jason Schwartzman), who has a crush on an elementary school teacher (Olivia Williams). With Bill Murray also starring in the film as one of the student’s fathers! The film was a critical and financial success ($17 million at the box office). The film launched Murray’s second act as a respected actor within independent cinema. Murray has since appeared in every Anderson film until Asteroid City, which he had to drop out of after contracting COVID-19.

As of 2023, Wes Anderson has directed 11 films: Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs, The French Dispatch, and Asteroid City. His next film, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, will be his second adaptation of a Roald Dahl story after 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Benedict Cumberbatch is to star as the titular character, who is able to see through objects and predict the future with the help of a book he stole. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is expected to arrive on Netflix in the fall since the streamer acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company in September 2021. Anderson’s films always feature an ensemble cast. What is great about watching his films is, you are always left thoroughly entertained and see the beauty in his attention to detail.

See below 10 Wes Anderson-inspired items that any fan would love to own.

  • Yellow Jumpsuit

    Dress like Dignan from Anderson’s debut film, Bottle Rocket, in which Owen Wilson’s character sports a yellow jumpsuit and gets the rest of the guys to wear the same thing for a heist.

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  • Moonrise Kingdom Poster

    Turn your living space into a Wes Anderson film with this delightful Moonrise Kingdom minimalist poster. Features Suzy Bishop peering through binoculars from a lighthouse with clouds and the ocean behind her.

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  • Mendl's Bakery Mug

    Sure, you can’t get any of Mendl’s delicious-looking pastries from Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, but you can start your day off with this cute mug! Features a minimalist pink and white design of the patisserie and even the box on the back!

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  • Retro Motel Key Fob

    The motel keychains are all the rage and are sure to turn some heads. We know it’ll be hard to pick just one, as each of them come in a variety of gorgeous color palettes perfectly fitting for the movie they came from.

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  • Writen & Directed By Wes Anderson

    Of all the “written and directed by” merch that is out there, this one features a font that Wes Anderson used for Moonrise Kingdom. Any fan will be able to spot this from a mile away, and it comes in 11 different colors!

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  • Isle of Dogs Shirt and Mug Set

    This shirt and mug set is perfect for the Wes Anderson-obsessed fan in your life. Features Spots and Atari Kobayashi, aka The Little Pilot. On the mug, the two are on opposite ends.

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  • Red Knit Hat

    This red knitted hat is identical to the one Bill Murray’s Steve Zissou wore in The Life Aquatic. Get the same look without having to break the bank!

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  • Asteroid City Shirt

    With Asteroid City just being released, this seller already has a shirt made. Get your hands on this awesome graphic tee that we’re sure not a lot of people will have yet!

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  • Wes Anderson Movie Characters Pillowcase

    It’s always so hard to pick just one favorite character out of all 11 of Wes’ films. So, why not have them all on a pillowcase that you can spice your living space up with?

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  • Sweatband Set

    Steal Richie’s look from The Royal Tenenbaums with this retro sweatband headband. This outfit is sure to intimidate anyone on the court or off.

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