I had no idea what Shakespeare in Studs was when it came through my newsfeeds so I skipped it at first. Turns out it's a Wall Street Journal piece on the costume design for Julie Taymor's upcoming Tempest movie!
When the initial images were starting to circulate and they ended up on one of the computer-geek boards I frequent, it didn't take people long to say "Zippers? Are those zippers I see on those costumes? Pretty sure they didn't have zippers back then!" (Bonus points to the guy who responded, "You do realize that there's magic and fairies in this too, right?")
The zippers were deliberate. A lot of thought (and not a lot of budget!) went into the costumes.
The film had a limited costume budget, a relatively small $200,000. Ms. Powell sewed zippers on costumes herself during filming on the rocky Hawaiian island of Lanai. "I don't always do that," she says, "for anyone who's reading this and wants to hire me."