Costume designer Michael Kaplan (currently hard at work on Episode VIII), brought the look and feel of the 1970s – early 80’s back to life right here in the present in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. One of the top designers working in film industry today, he has created some of the most iconic costumes seen on film including Captain Phasma’s (Gwendoline Christie) ‘The Force Awakens’ regal and now iconic look. The guys over at MSW have posted some description of the costumes worn by two major characters in Episode VIII, costumes designed by Kaplan.
MakingStarWars is reporting that they have character descriptions of the costumes worn by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Daisy Ridley as Rey in Episode VIII.
The following info is a potential spoiler, so beware!
According to MSW,
Rey’s costume is very much what we saw in The Force Awakens at the very end of the film. She has the grey capri-length pants with boots as well as the arm wraps. But her vest from the end of the film is gone and she’s only wearing the off-white-colored tunic beneath, giving the costume a Luke Skywalker vibe. Her hair is also worn down now. She still wears the gun at her hip she received from Han Solo in The Force Awakens. I think that might be telling about where Rey is at in terms of her training and state.
Luke Skywalker wears a darker costume compared to what we saw in The Force Awakens. This costume is more evocative of his Return of the Jedi clothes in cut and color. His undertunic reminds me of Count Dooku but his very dark grey cape drops over the top of his shoulders and chest like a shawl. This leaves his right arm free but half of his chest covered by the cape. It’s almost similar to the asymmetrical cut of Captain Phasma’s cape, but more like a shawl in the way it cover his chest.
The cool part I kept for this write-up is that Luke’s black glove from Return of the Jedi is back on his hand. Luke Skywalker’s tunic is cut the same as Dooku’s but the “skirt” part of the tunic appears to be little closer to the knees than Dooku’s was. The shawl aspect of the cape hangs to the left so he can still fight with his right hand as it drapes to the left.
Besides Star Wars, one of Michael Kaplan’s earliest sci-fi gigs was as co-costume designer with Charles Knode on Blade Runner in 1982. Kaplan’s most impressive skill however is his versatility. A costume resume that includes Star Trek (2009), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, I Am Legend, Seven, Fight Club and several other major projects. What Kaplan has in store for Star Wars Episode VIII is anybody’s guess at present, though MSW has provide a little insight in the direction the designer is taking.
You’ll have to wait until the end of next year to see the new looks. Star Wars: Episode VIII will hit theaters December, 2017. In the meantime, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is on Blu-ray and DVD just about everywhere on this planet.
Be sure to check back for more Star Wars: Episode VIII news here at SWNN.
May the Force be with you…
Thanks to Clothesonfilm for additional information used in this report.
Update: Graphic Designer/Digital Artist Natalia Trykowska has created a rendering using the costume description for Luke and Rey. Thank You Natalia!