Rumor: Details on Rey & Luke Skywalker’s Costumes in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Rey’s Costume from TFA


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.


Rey’s Costume from TFA

Update: Graphic Designer/Digital Artist Natalia Trykowska has created a rendering using the costume description for Luke and Rey. Thank You Natalia!



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33 thoughts on “Rumor: Details on Rey & Luke Skywalker’s Costumes in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

  • April 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Would be awesome if they return to the original concept of the jedi (black clothes).

    • April 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

      Only Skywalkers and Sith wear black.

      • April 20, 2016 at 4:20 am

        Rephrase: Only the people who GET SHIT DONE wear black.

  • April 19, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I saw pictures of the princes going to the set, and you can see a few details here and there… there’s some small confirmations, I believe, and there’s a cockpit I never saw before, that reminds me of the Episode II jedi starfighters. Plus, Kylo’s crossguard seems to exist on, wich is something I wasn’t sure of by seeing ep. VII, and blue X-wings keep existing.

  • April 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    One thing I noticed about the Star Wars is that most of the main characters have a different hairstyle each movie haha. (Or if you’re Padme, each scene)

    • April 19, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      I think it’s denote the passage of time since not a lot of it passes between the films.

    • April 20, 2016 at 4:19 am

      In terms of Leia, her hairdo in “Empire Strikes Back” is her best so far. Same goes for Luke. Whoever was doing the hair for that film deserves a retroactive promotion.

      • April 20, 2016 at 5:16 am

        Are you telling me that you seriously didn’t love the “baboon ass”?

      • April 20, 2016 at 6:07 am

        I agree with you very much on this. Whoever did Luke’s hair in Return of the Jedi really should have been fired.

  • April 19, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Man it really sucks that this movie isn’t coming out until the end of NEXT year. I will be turning 30 when the movie comes out. I don’t want to face that sort of reality lol

    • April 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Wait until you hit 40. It’s all fun and games I can tell you.

      • April 20, 2016 at 12:16 am

        Rubbish. I’ll be 42 when I take part in the Fan Dance Race series this year.

        • April 20, 2016 at 8:56 am

          I’m only Joking. Just trying to strike the fear of God into the poor fella. Being in your 40s is great. All the little shit that bothered you when you were younger doesn’t bother you that much anymore. I turn 44 in November.

          • April 21, 2016 at 5:39 pm

            lol i just hit 25 this month and am feeling the quarter life crisis :0

          • April 22, 2016 at 8:33 am

            I’m saving up for the obligatory Harley Davidson.

          • April 24, 2016 at 4:48 am

            I’m currently on the market for a Brazillian prostitute.

  • April 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Now I want a Jedi poncho too…

  • April 19, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    I guess the glove going back on is supposed to symbolize that Luke’s back in action hence why he stopped wearing it?

    I hope Artoo actually does something in this one too. It felt so wrong that he didn’t save anyone in TFA unlike in the others. Him and BB-8 working together would be interesting and funny to see. It’s only traditional she goes on some adventure with Rey too if she really is a Skywalker.

    • April 20, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Artoo as a father figure to BB-8 with Threepio translating their conversations has so much potential.

      • April 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm

        There you go! Really hope they get more screentime like in the PT with each episode. They are the only OT characters I would be okay seeing still alive by the end of the ST.

    • April 20, 2016 at 3:40 am

      You could argue that artoo saves the day at the end with the map to luke, but yeah, I definately hope he gets more action in episode 8. I liked BB-8 WAY more than I thought I was going to, it turned out so well, but nothing can replace R2-D2 in our hearts!

      • April 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

        I’d like to see him save someone’s life again but he did travel with Rey so hopefully he stays with her rather than goes back.

  • April 20, 2016 at 1:52 am

    What is their obsession with yanking any outfit off of Rey that has any physical depth to it?

    • April 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

      WTF does that even mean? “physical depth”?

      • April 20, 2016 at 6:02 am

        Layering and “kitbashing”. I knew that was a bad word choice.
        Put another way, she looks good with the jacket on. I think they need to stop ripping all this cool stuff off of her costume.
        It’s like with the desert gear: she starts out in that really cool outfit with the backpack, goggles.. then they have her run around in bare rags for the rest of the movie. I don’t get it.

        • April 20, 2016 at 6:42 am

          Oh, I see. I agree.

          • April 20, 2016 at 4:36 pm

            Do you wear a jacket, hat or gloves everywhere, all the time? Unlikely. I doubt she does either. When in and around Niima Outpost she probably sees no need for it. By the time Finn arrives, and their adventure begins, it’s not like she had time or the opportunity to go back to her AT-AT home and get it.

  • April 20, 2016 at 5:13 am

    YES! They brought back Luke’s black outfit!!

    • April 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Maybe…. this is rumour and speculation after all. But if Luke and Rey go off planet on a mission, the costume for Luke as illustrated above would make more sense for him, then heavy and cumbersome Jedi robes that would surely attract some attention.

  • April 20, 2016 at 5:14 am

    The hype is REAL!!!!

  • April 20, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    The awesomeness is strong in those costumes!

  • April 22, 2016 at 7:25 am


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