Star Wars, The Last Jedi: the costumes of the film deciphered by Michael Kaplan
When Disney and Lucasfilm decided to launch a new Star Wars trilogy in 2022, it was costume designer
Michael Kaplan who had to imagine how to dress the characters. Kaplan, who designed the costumes for
the 1982 BAFTA-winning Blade Runner and the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek reboot, was chosen to create
the costumes for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and its new sequel, Star Wars Episode VIII:
The Last Jedi. He began by drawing his inspiration from the first Star Wars films of the late 1970s.
When Disney and Lucasfilm decided to launch a new Star Wars trilogy in 2022, it was costume designer Michael
Kaplan who had to figure out how to dress the characters. Kaplan, who designed the costumes for the 1982 BAFTA-winning
Blade Runner and the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek reboot, was chosen to create the costumes for Star Wars Episode
VII: The Force Awakens and its new sequel, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. He began by drawing inspiration
from the early Star Wars films of the late 1970s.
“I want to continue down the path that has already been started,” Kaplan explained to Vogue. “When I started
working on Episode VII with [director] J.J. Abrams, we made a conscious choice to go back to the look and feel
of A New Hope [the original 1977 version]. The important thing is to find things that work with Star Wars and
are believable in this universe.” https://telegra.ph/Converse-All-Star-Chuck-Taylor-All-Star-Converse-All-Star-Exploding-Star-06-01 It took Kaplan and his team a year and a half to conceptualize the costumes for 2022’s Force Awakening –
not least because they had to recreate the Empire and Rebel uniforms, as well as the Stormtroopers. The
design of The Last Jedi, which follows Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) first steps into Jedi training with Luke Skywalker
(Mark Hamill), took a year. It retains the clean, functional, and surprisingly modern aesthetic (with notes
from Haider Ackermann and Rick Owens) of the first film. The last episode included thousands of costumes
that were kept secret during production. For Rey, Kaplan relied on raw, functional pieces tailored for running
and fighting: padded pants, textured knitwear, and flat boots, all in sand and earth tones for ideal camouflage
in a rocky landscape.
“She starts Episode VIII in the same clothes she wore at the end of the last movie,” Kaplan says of Rey’s
wardrobe in The Last Jedi. “But then she has the gear she needs for the terrain she’s going to be operating
in. There are parkas and ponchos to accommodate the inclement weather – pieces that protect her and keep
her warm and dry. And when she’s training, she moves around a lot, and her outfit is lightened up with a
very, very minimalist look.” https://lidavetenowaj589.blogspot.com/2022/04/nike-flyknit-racer-trainer-nike-flyknit.html Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher, also gets a makeover of sorts. As a general of the Resistance, once again
preparing to take on the First Order, Leia had to have a look to match her responsibilities. “In Episode VII, she
was tough but approachable. [Director] Rian Johnson decided he wanted to make her look more regal, more like a
princess. We did a whole series of different capes for her, which gave her appearance a little more authority and
majesty. I think [Carrie Fisher] was thrilled with the result.”
The result is a mix of the reckless princess from the first trilogy, who appears extremely elegant even in the
face of danger, and the admiral from The Force Awakens. This Leia reveals her authority in her actions and in her
costume, but also retains her signature look – and her unforgettable hairstyles. https://postheaven.net/fridgewasher7/adidas-nite-jogger-black-f34123-unisex-ultra-boost-running-star-in-the-dark A few new characters make an appearance in the film, including Admiral Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern,
who wears a stunning lavender draped dress, and matching dyed hair.
“She’s in the military and she’s an admiral, so I was thinking of doing a uniform for her, but Rian objected,”
Kaplan explains. “He wanted a much more elegant and feminine look that showed off Laura’s curves a little
more… She needed something a little more form-fitting. I looked at the work of Madame Grès, a designer
from the 1930s-1940s, and especially her dresses that were inspired by ancient Greece. We were originally
thinking of doing silver hair for her, but to keep it from looking like gray hair, Rian came up with the
idea to go with the lavender color, which would also match the dress.” http://bolamtheo.eklablog.com/asics-dynaflyte-2-white-asics-dynaflyte-3-black-a211786678 One of Kaplan’s biggest challenges in the film was a scene in a casino where the well-dressed, wealthy citizens of
the Star Wars universe are gathered. This is the first time in the entire franchise that characters appear in formal
wear, and Kaplan had to do extensive research to find the inspiration. He looked at extravagant historical figures,
such as British poet Edith Sitwell, and incorporated their personal style into the clothing.
“There were several hundred extras, each with a different look,” Kaplan says. “Rian Johnson’s only stipulation was
that every outfit be black and white. It was an exciting and daunting challenge for me. To produce not only so many
outfits worked with jewelry and gloves, but to bring them to life in the Star Wars universe without making it look
futuristic, or like a ball in a contemporary film.” The result is very glamorous and goes just right beyond contemporary,
with costumes and gowns that one might see at the Met Gala. It’s in the voluminous punk hairstyles and fabulous jewelry
– and of course, the alien faces – that the fantastical elements are set. http://www.4mark.net/story/6576546/the-national-mexico-2018-jersey-mexico-2018-replica-mexico-home-shorts-2018 Kaplan’s favorite costume is the Praetorian Guard, which was totally reworked from the original trilogy. Making the
battlewear functional was no small task, https://k12.instructure.com/eportfolios/69360000000243131/Home/Nike_Free_Commuter_Black_Nike_Free_Run_Commuter_Green_Nike_Free_Rn_Commuter, the designer says.
“Imagining a great silhouette on paper is one thing, but they also had to be able to move and fight, and
have complete freedom of movement because they were using big swords and other weapons,” explains Kaplan,
who has already begun work on the final film in the trilogy, expected in 2022. “Having a nice costume wasn’t
enough, they had to have good visibility with the helmets although there were no eye holes. We have to
make sure all the characters can do what we expect them to do.”
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.