Steve Zissou Costume Guide

Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Costume

In The Life Aquatic, Steve Zissou is an oceanographer and documentarian hellbent on revenge for the death of his friend and colleague. When his friend Esteban du Plantier is devoured by a “jaguar shark”, Zissou devotes his next documentary to the destruction of the sea creature. He, along with the rest of Team Zissou, embark on a journey on their yellow submarine to track down the shark.

Steve Zissou is modeled after legendary oceanographer Jaque Cousteau and borrows heavily from his iconic wardrobe. Steve, along with the rest of Team Zissou, wears a uniform consisting of blue pants, a blue collared short sleeve button up shirt and a red beanie similar to the one worn by Cousteau.

Zissou also rocks an awesome Hemmingway beard. He tops off his look with a pair of white Adidas sneakers and a gun holster around his leg just in case he happens upon any jaguar sharks.


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Zissou wears a red beanie as part of the Team Zissou uniform. Most members of the team wear a red beanie, some with a Team Zissou logo patch, others without. The beanie is reminiscent of the the one worn by iconic sea explorer Jacques Cousteau.


Steve Zissou’s face is adorned with a tight-cropped, grey and white beard that greatly resembles the beard of legendary American author and Key West native Ernest Hemmingway. See above for a boxed beard that most closely resembles the one worn by Steve Zissou in The Life Aquatic.


Steve Zissou wears the iconic baby blue Team Zissou uniform which consists of a short sleeved button up shirt and track pants. Other members of Team Zissou also wear this uniform. Both the pants and the short-sleeved shirt feature a dark blue trim.


In The Life Aquatic, Zissou wears a pair of white sneakers with blue stripes. The shoes are adorned with yellow shoe laces, capping off the iconic look.


Zissou must have an open carry permit because he wears a holster around his leg to house a pistol. He carries around a side piece in case he ever comes face to face with his nemesis – the notorious jaguar shark.

About Steve Zissou



Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk, and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.


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