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Gladiator (movie)

Costume designer Janty Yates knew 'Exodus' posed 'enormous' challenge

Oscar-winning designer Janty Yates knew what she was getting into creating the nearly 7,000 costumes needed for Ridley Scott's latest epic historical action drama, "Exodus: Gods and Kings." She knew the stakes, since she'd won the costume design Academy Award for Scott's 2000 film "Gladiator," which also required a biblically proportioned number of stellar costumes.

"It was utterly terrifying on 'Gladiator,'" Yates says. "That script started with 5,000 Phoenicians coming over the mountains battling who knows how many thousands of others. I thought, 'Well, I can do that.' And it was the same with 'Exodus.' You just do it. But, I mean, on these...