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Monday, June 15, 2009

TVB's Recycled Costumes

Fans in Baidu posted many pictures of costumes used in different TVB series. I've compiled the pictures and placed them side by side!

Louis Koo "A Step into the Past" & Kenneth Ma "The Vigilante in the Mask"
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Gordon Lam "The Legendary Four Aces" & Kenneth Ma "Eternal Happiness"
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Kenneth Ma "Dream of Colours" & Ron Ng "The Academy"
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Steven Ma "Sweetness in the Salt" & Ron Ng "Rosy Business"
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Ron Ng "Rosy Business" & Steven Ma "Ghost Writer"
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Gigi Lai "The Heaven Sword & the Dragon Sabre 2000" & Joyce Tang "A Step into the Past"
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Steven Ma "Where the Legend Begins", Ron Ng "Lost in the Chamber of Love" & Raymond Cho "The Greatness of a Hero"
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Michelle Ye "Lofty Waters Verdant Bow" & Gigi Lai "War and Beauty"
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Rain Li "Lofty Waters Verdant Bow" & Gigi Lai "War and Beauty"
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Gigi Lai "The Heaven Sword & the Dragon Sabre 2000" & Cerina da Graça "Better Halves"
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Amy Kwok "Justice Sung" & Gigi Lai "Riches and Stitches"
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Gigi Lai "The Heaven Sword & the Dragon Sabre 2000" & Mariane Chan "Witness to a Prosecution"
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Idy Chan "Catch Me Now" & Gigi Lai "The Gem of Life"
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Esther Kwan "Lady Flower Fist" & Iris Wong "War and Beauty"
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Esther Kwan "The Legendary Four Aces" & Tavia Yeung "The Vigilante in the Mask"
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Charmaine Sheh "Maidens' Vow" & Jessica Hsuan "A Pillow Case of Mystery II"
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Charmaine Sheh "Point of No Return" & "Seven Sisters"
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Julian Cheung "The Legend of the Condor Heroes 1994"&  Louis Koo "The Blade of Honour"
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Tavia Yeung "Whatever It Takes" & Selena Li "The Herbalist's Manual"
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Raymond Lam "A Step into the Past" & Ram Chiang "The Conqueror's Story"
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Michelle Saram "A Step into the Past" & Maggie Cheung "The Conqueror's Story"
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Priscilla Koo "Where the Legend Begins" & Angela Tong "The Conqueror's Story"
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Jessica Hsuan "A Matter of Customs" & "Golden Faith"
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Jessica Hsuan "A Matter of Customs" & "Golden Faith"
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Jessica Hsuan "The File of Justice V" & "Golden Faith"
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Jessica Hsuan "A Step into the Past" & Niki Chow "The Gentle Crackdown"
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Halina Tam "Invisible Journey" & Jessica Hsuan "Golden Faith"
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Jessica Hsuan "The File of Justice IV" & Flora Chan "The File of Justice V"
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Joe Ma "Triumph in the Skies" & "Maidens' Vow" & Ron Ng "A Chip Off the Old Block"
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Ada Choi "The Gem of Life" & Elanne Kong "E.U."
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Ada Choi "Where the Legend Begins" & Michelle Ye "Lost in the Chamber of Love"
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Nadia Chan "The Legendary Four Aces" & Myolie Wu "Eternal Happiness"
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Myolie Wu "Lost in the Chamber of Love" & Jessica Hsuan "Lady Fan"
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Bobby Au Yeung "The Legendary Four Aces" & Eddie Kwan "The Vigilante in the Mask"
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Marco Ngai "The Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain 1999" & Julian Cheung "The Ching Emperor"
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Joyce Tang "The Heaven Sword & the Dragon Sabre 2000" & Louisa So "Dark Tales II"
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Anne Heung "Lady Yang", Bernice Liu "Virtues of Harmony", Michelle Ye "Lost in the Chamber of Love" & Tracy Ip "Beyond the Realm of Conscience"
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Jessica Hsuan "A Step into the Past" & Mariane Chan "Witness to a Prosecution"
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Michelle Ye "Lost in the Chamber of Love" & Leila Tong "The Greatness of a Hero"
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Ronald Cheng "Colourful Life" & Maggie Cheung "Better Halves"
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Annie Man "Colourful Life" & Lily Li "The Conqueror's Story"
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Kwong Wa "Lady Flower Fist" & Steven Ma "The Duke of Mount Deer 1998"
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May Kwong "The Duke of Mount Deer 1998" & Chamaine Sheh "War and Beauty"
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Bernice Liu "The Brink of Law" & Jessica Hsuan "The Drive of Life"
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Nadia Chan "The Legendary Four Aces" & Sharon Chan "Better Halves"
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Tavia Yeung "Twin of Brothers" & Leila Tong "The Greatness of a Hero"
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Tavia Yeung "Twin of Brothers" & Leila Tong "The Greatness of a Hero"
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Tavia Yeung "Twin of Brothers"  &Leila Tong "The Greatness of a Hero"
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Rain Lau "The Duke of Mount Deer 1998" & Charmaine Sheh "War and Beauty"
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Fung Hiu Man "Lofty Waters Verdant Bow" & Charmaine Sheh "War and Beauty"
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Gigi Lai "Doomed to Oblivion" & "War and Beauty"
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Steven Ma "Where the Legend Begins" & Ron Ng "Lost in the Chamber of Love"
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Michelle Ye "Lost in the Chamber of Love" & Leila Tong "The Greatness of a Hero"
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Moses Chan "Where the Legend Begins" & Kenneth Ma "Lost in the Chamber of Love"
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Kenneth Ma "Lost in the Chamber of Love" & Stephen Wong "The Greatness of a Hero"
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Anne Heung "The 'W' Files" & "Riches and Stitches"
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Gigi Lai "The Gem of Life" & Kathy Chow "E.U."
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Ada Choi "The Gem of Life" & Kathy Chow "E.U."
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Charmaine Sheh "Point of No Return" & "Maidens' Vow"
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Jessica Hsuan "Game of Deceit" & Myolie Wu "Wars of In-Laws"
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Charmaine Sheh "Country Spirit" & Gigi Lai "Riches and Stitches"
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Shek Sau "Wars of In-Laws" & Ron Ng "Rosy Business"
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Irene Wang "Colourful Life" & Myolie Wu "Lost in the Chamber of Love"
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Charmaine Sheh "Country Spirit", Gigi Lai "Riches and Stitches", Leila Tong "War and Destiny" & Charmaine Sheh "Maidens' Vow"
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Jessica Hsuan "Game of Deceit" & Gigi Lai "Doomed to Oblivion"
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Esther Kwan "Lady Flower Fist" & Gigi Lai "Doomed to Oblivion"
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Kingdom Yuen "Game of Deceit" & Tavia Yeung "The Prince's Shadow"
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Gigi Lai "The Heaven Sword & the Dragon Sabre 2000" & Tavia Yeung "Whatever It Takes"
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Derek Kwok "Wars of In-Laws II" & Al Wai "The King of Snooker"
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Gigi Lai "The Charm Beneath" & Kate Tsui "The Price of Greed"
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Anne Heung "The Charm Beneath" & Kate Tsui "The Price of Greed"
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Yoyo Mung "The Charm Beneath" & Kate Tsui "The Price of Greed"
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Annie Man "Colourful Life" & Tavia Yeung "Whatever It Takes"
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Bosco Wong "Wars of In-Laws" & Steven Ma "Sweeness in the Salt"
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Rain Lau "The Legend of Love" & Michelle Ye "Eternal Happiness"
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Francis Ng "Triumph in the Skies" & Joe Ma "The Gateau Affairs"
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Francis Ng "Triumph in the Skies" & Joe Ma "The Gateau Affairs"
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Ron Ng "The Academy" & "On the First Beat" & Raymond Lam "Heart of Greed"
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Charmaine Sheh "Maidens' Vow" & "Word Twisters' Adventures"
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Tavia Yeung "Find the Light" & Charmaine Sheh "War and Beauty"
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Jade Leung "War and Beauty" & Tavia Yeung "Land of Wealth"
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Sonija Kwok "Land of Wealth" & Tavia Yeung "Sweetness in the Salt"
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Sheren Tang "War and Beauty" & Claire Yiu "Land of Wealth"
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Tavia Yeung "Food for Life" & Leila Tong "The Last Breakthrough"
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Steven Ma "Where the Legend Begins" & Kevin Cheng "Beyond the Realm of Conscience"
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Ada Choi "Where the Legend Begins" & Michelle Ye "Lost in the Chamber of Love"
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Moses Chan "Where the Legend Begins" & Kenneth Ma "Lost in the Chamber of Love"
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Derek Kwok "Wars of In-Laws II" & Joel Chan "E.U."
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Derek Kwok "Wars of In-Laws II" & Joel Chan "E.U."
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Derek Kwok "Wars of In-Laws II" & Joel Chan "E.U."
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Ron Ng "Lost in the Chamber of Love" & Kevin Cheng "Beyond the Realm of Conscience"
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Ram Chiang "Safe Guards" & Steven Ma "Sweetness in the Salt"
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Adam Cheng "The Prince's Shadow", Ram Chiang "Safe Guards" & Joel Chan "Sweetness in the Salt"
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Elaine Yiu "Safe Guards" & Tavia Yeung "Sweetness in the Salt"
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Elaine Yiu "Safe Guards" & Tavia Yeung "Sweetness in the Salt"
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Elaine Yiu "Safe Guards" & Tavia Yeung "Sweetness in the Salt"
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Elaine Yiu "Safe Guards" & Myolie Wu "Wars of In-Laws"
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Myolie Wu "Wars of In-Laws" & Tavia Yeung "Sweetness in the Salt"
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Christine Ng "Wars of In-Laws" & Tavia Yeung "Sweetness in the Salt"
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Personal Note: Jimmy Au also wore Kwong Wa ("Lady Flower Fist") and Steven's ("The Duke of Mount Deer 1998") costume in "Wars of In-Laws".

Also, Fala's 'handsome boy look in "Ghost Writer" reminds me of Jessica's boy look in "Game of Deceit". Maybe it's their height, and I think that they both have 性格! Ha ha....

*Credits to baidu and other respectable sources

42 comments:

  1. Ron and Raymond wear same T-shirt, maybe it s not recycle but rather they went shopping together :)

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  2. I like your humour, Noah! Ha ha... :D

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  3. What Noah said could be true. TVB cast often have to provide their own wardrobe for modern series, unless it's sponsored (normally office wear, evening gowns or designer label for rich characters)

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  4. haha thanks for sharing! i love it!!

    lol..wow gigi lai, charmaine sheh & tavia wore alot of the originals...well at least based on your post..dont know if anyone else wore it before that..

    wow TVB sure takes good care of their costumes...they look really nice even after a couple of years...

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  5. Lavendar_Bluez, they might look good on-screen, but I can't imagine how the costumes will smell like :P

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  6. sehseh: HAHAHA...good point..and i guess you cant exactly clean em?

    but i think TVB will probably do something about it for their big sisters...:D

    LMAO...i cant imagine what happens if its an outdoor scene...everyone's sweating and the costume stenches just airs into the atmosphere...XP p.u!!

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  7. I like this post!
    Reminds me of lots of series!

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  8. OMGS! So many! The scrolling never ended lol. It must have taken you long time to compile it, good job!!!!!
    The costumes look different when other persons wear them.. lol

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  9. I bet some of the clothes can be dry cleaned. But some of the armor costumes for ancient series cannot be dry cleaned. I remember when Raymond and Joe were filming a fight scene in "Eternal Happiness" and they had to film the scene in many angles. But, their costumes were drenched in sweat. So, Raymond and Joe had to air out the costumes before filming again. :)

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  10. LOL! was so amused by your findings!! and then kept scrolling..an scrolling..LOL!! There's so much!

    Entertaining post XD

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  11. Wow, how do people remember this stuff?

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  12. Ha ha... TVB is not "that" complicated! :D

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  13. "Gigi Lai "The Heaven Sword and and Dragon Saber" Cerina da Graca "The Conqueror's Story""

    Cerina's picture is actually from Better Halves, not The Conqueror's Story =)

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  14. To tvb_4_ever:

    Oh yes, it is from "Better Halves". My bad.
    Thanks for telling me. :)

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  15. Just wondering, but do most of these actresses (from the costume dramas) have extensions/wigs or is that their real hair, perfectly braided and made?
    I just find it hard to believe, that people back then would have hair like that. I mean sure, they could have specfic hairstyle designs, but honestly how can one design so intricate details onto a person's head? Which, basically means, TVB exaggerates most of the female character's physical apperances just to make them look atleast semi good. Same thing with costumes. I mean, they didn't even have that many colors back then. And from the looks of most of the costumes, it is just too ridiculous to be true.
    They should totally make something, more life based.

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  16. To Anonymous:

    TVB is usually very detailed when it comes to historical ancient series. The hair and costumes is supposed to look like that back then. One of the reasons why they have such big hair is because they do not wash their hair back in the day. They bathe, but do not wash their hair. If their head is itchy, they just use a sharp object to poke at it.

    As for if the actresses use extensions or their real hair, I don't know. I would say wig because artistes do not like wearing ancient wigs because it damages their hair causing hair loss.

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  17. you should look up costumes in beauty of the game, they reused so many outfits in that series

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  18. ^^ thanks lots!! wonderful collection!! exciting n interesting who reused whos costumes. lol =)

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  19. To Anonymous:

    "you should look up costumes in beauty of the game, they reused so many outfits in that series"

    Many of those costumes were from a variety of ancient series, too. :)

    To Anonymous:

    You're welcome! I'm glad you've enjoyed it. ;)

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  20. This is great! Well done....lots of them were so funny to see again! Love the humur...

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  21. To Anonymous:

    Thanks, and I'm glad you had funny looking at the comparisons. :)

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  22. For the clothing in "Ada Choi "Where the Legend Begins" Myolie Wu "Lost in the Chamber of Love", Myolie's not wearing the costume. Michelle Ye is.

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  23. To Anonymous:

    Thanks for pointing that out. I must have typed a little too fast there. :)

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  24. wow, really cool page! thanks!! (:

    btw
    that isn't Matthew Ko, but Stephen Wong Ka-lok (:

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  25. opps, didn't appear:
    *Kenneth Ma "Lost in the Chamber of Love" Matthew Ko "The Greatness of a Hero"*
    that isn't Matthew Ko, but Stephen Wong Ka-lok (:

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  26. To kRsyTaL~:

    Thanks for the correction! It is Stephen Wong Ka Lok. :)

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  27. omg...i didnt know SO many costumes are recycled! LOL XD the only thing i managed to spot similar from two different tvb series is a bag. :P im not sure if that's considered as 'costumes' though >.< haha, coz if it is, u could probably add to the list here .. hehe :P

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  28. To Anonymous:

    When TVB spends money on something, they must get their money worth. :)

    Ha ha.... You mean the red, white, and blue plastic bag. ;)

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  29. lol..i wrote the anonymous comment above :P anyway, no, not that one :D hehehehe...its a brown bag used by niki chow in the seventh day and then i saw another actress used it in forensic heroes II .. does that ring a bell? ^_^

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  30. To Moon:

    Bags are accessories, so they would not count as costumes. :)

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  31. Very interesting post :D

    I thought this costume (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69323909@N00/3629533457/) Charmaine Sheh wears in "Maiden's Vow" and Jessica Hsuan in "A Pillow Case of Mystery II" looked very familiar, only to realise that I most recently saw Michelle Yim wearing it in The Season of Fate: http://ent.hunantv.com/t/tj/20100104/538336_3.html#view

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  32. To Cara Ooi:

    Yep, it is the exact same costume.

    TVB does that all the time. :)

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  33. OMG I Just noticed it :) gosh didnt really find the costume catchy part LOl. thanks for posting this up btw:)

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  34. Thanks for sharing, Hyn. :D

    I think it's not that bad when an artiste wears a reused costume that another artiste has already worn, like what are shown. But when an artiste wears something he/she already wore in past series is a bit >_<.
    For example: The costumes Tavia wore in Twins of Brothers, she wore again in Beyond...
    I don't know why, but that bugs me...haha.

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  35. Haha, it's clear that TVB doesn't throw anything out! I can't imagine that all the costumes are a perfect fit though. Don't they have to alter it sometimes to fit different body types?

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  36. To Advo:

    Obviously, TVB doesn't make any alterations, as some of the costumes look too big on some artistes.

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  37. Wow, how did you even manage to find this many recycled costumes? I'm impressed! XD

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  38. To Anonymous:

    Fans in Baidu posted them up. All I did was compile them and placed them side by side. :)

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  39. Very interesting.
    Never really noticed and now I'm like - oh yeah she was wearing that and now someone else is wearing it.Must have taken a lot of time to compile them.
    But in all fairness I guess TVB is making a good business choice. After all we don't throw away our clothes after wearing it a few times. We continue using them until they fade or don't fit.
    Besides I guess it must take up a lot of time to purchase,design and then get the costumes ready.
    Thank goodness we don't have to wear them.

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  40. Tavia wore the yellow one that she had worn in "Twin of Brothers" again in "Beyond the Realm of Conscience"

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  41. I have a website called www.recycledmoviecostumes.com

    I would love to use these wonderful recycled costumes that you have found. I would give you full credit, of course. You can contact me at submissions@recycledmoviecostumes.com

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  42. Additional, in family man, golden faith and love bond, michelle ye, myolie wu and natalie tong (maybe bernice liu as well) wore a purple zipper jacket.
    In golden faith and family man, anne heung and flora chan wore the same zebra dress. but very good list.

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