I couldn't help but notice Brando's checked jacket with its Rob Roy Tartan pattern that's been popular as of late. There's something about it that suits his character so well, it's plain but the pattern helps him stand out from the rest.
The costumes were designed by Anna Hill Johnstone (East of Eden and The Godfather). Johnstone's projects often showed realism and grit. She also designed for an array of period pieces such as Ragtime and Play it Again, Sam. Her dynamic work in The Stepford Wives showed her flair for the then-contemporary 1970s.
Film Forum is showing On the Waterfront October 9th & 10th as part of their Kazan festival. Tickets here.