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Inception Costume Designer Reveals All

If you want real answers on Christopher Nolan's Inception, you're probably only wasting your time asking the film's tight-lipped director or top-billed cast. But we learned plenty from the movie's sixth lead, the Jeopardy!-winning Dileep Rao, and over the weekend Clothes on Film struck gold by asking Inception's costume designer, Jeffrey Kurland, whether the film's controversial final scene takes place in reality or a dream.


So Cobb's kids are wearing different clothes in the final scene than in earlier flashbacks — also, per IMDb, they seem to be played by older actors — implying that he's done dreaming. (This squares with what Dileep told us — in the last shot, the top sounds like it's wobbling and about to fall.) So until Inception's caterer says different, we suppose Cobb was awake.

On to the second part of your question, the children’s clothing is different in the final scene … look again …

So Cobb's kids are wearing different clothes in the final scene than in earlier flashbacks — also, per IMDb, they seem to be played by older actors — implying that he's done dreaming. (This squares with what Dileep told us — in the last shot, the top sounds like it's wobbling and about to fall.) So until Inception's caterer says different, we suppose Cobb was awake.

Inception: Jeffrey Kurland Costume Q&A [Clothes on Film via Playlist]

Photo: Warner Bros.