Item: Claudie Pierlot Brooklyn Top
Appearance: Sleep No More, Radio Times Photoshoot
Combined With: Claudie Pierlot Soline Skirt, GAP Merino Jumper in Navy, &Other Stories Monk Strap Boots, Topshop / ASOS / H&M / River Island Triangle Necklace.
Original Retail Price: £110
Materials: 100% Polyester
*drumroll* Here comes the infamous Claudie Pierlot Brooklyn Top Clara Oswald wears in Sleep No More. I’ve been looking for this top for almost three years now and my search efforts have intensified over the past six months ever since I got the CP skirt because I wanted to complete the outfit and finally, I can call this amazing and rare piece mine – and I have a lovely French girl to thank for that.
First of all, let me point out that this top is rare. And by rare, I don’t mean “only pops up once a year” kind of rare, no, this is very much in the top 5 of the rarity list. I don’t actually recall seeing any other around myself, but three cosplayers I know of have been able to find one over the last three years. They’re not really sold by other cosplayers because those who have it are likely to want to keep it and since Claudie Pierlot isn’t your everyday kind of brand, it doesn’t show up on eBay that often. I also kept a close eye on the French Vinted website over the last few years, but I haven’t seen the Brooklyn Top there. I actually stumbled across it on French eBay in January, but it was only national shipping, so it wasn’t visible on your standard eBay website, only on the French one.
I got extremely lucky and remained the only bidder, so I got it for roughly £30 plus postage, but I know of another cosplayer who got it for £20. If you see this one sold by another cosplayer, you can expect a very different price, but if the seller isn’t aware that it’s a cosplay item, the price can be quite agreeable. It had an original retail price of £110 and you can still see the original, sold out listing here.
Now, on to the top itself. Like most of Clara’s clothes, it is a gorgeous item and I can see myself incorporate this into my everyday wardrobe once the temperatures rise in spring. It’s very classy and the fabric is super light which makes it ideal for your summer office wear. The top is made from 100% polyester. The collar of the top is actually a lot softer than it looks. I had an alt from the same brand before I got the SA Brooklyn Top which had a stiffer collar, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this one soft and bendy, which makes it easier to pull it over the GAP jumper without it standing up in all directions.
The Claudie Pierlot Brooklyn Top was made in EU sizes 36, 38 and 40 (as you can see in the original listing) which can make it a little hard for anyone outside this sizing range, but the same thing holds true for the Claudie Pierlot Soline Skirt. I’m normally an XS/S in tops and I bought mine in a size 36 (S) which was a good choice even though I’d have been fine with a 38 (M) as well. It might look rather loose on the dress form or a wire hanger, but it has the same issue I’ve already experienced with the alt CP shirt I own even though it’s not quite as bad on the SA. The shoulders have a rather tight fit, as does the bust. It still fits me fine, but if I move around a lot and stretch my arms, it does strain the fabric a little bit. So if you have average to broad shoulders or wear a bigger cup size, sizing up is a good idea. This seems to be a Claudie Pierlot brand issue (or French women have no shoulders or breasts), so keep that in mind when hunting for the Brooklyn Top or any other of the shirts (except for the Frill Jumper, that one’s a normal fit). There is a button on the back of the neck and when I first put it on, it was kind of difficult to button/unbutton, so maybe a little help will be required when getting dressed.
Overall, I am so happy to have finally completed this very rare Clara Oswald outfit and even though it’s been years, I still regret that they wasted these gorgeous pieces on an episode as dark as Sleep No More. Luckily, the Claudie Pierlot Brooklyn Top and Soline Skirt have a chance to shine during the Radio Times photoshoot because such a magnificent outfit deserved more attention.