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Star Wars Costumes Hardcover – 28 Oct 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA) (28 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452138052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452138053
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 2.5 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,458,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is a cosplayer's delight. If you or your kids have any interest at all in dressing up like a character from the original Star Wars trilogy, the photos, images, and information in this book will help guide your creations extremely well.It is a perfect gift for Star Wars fans, cosplayers, and those interested in costume and design; this book is the ultimate resource."
-GeekMom

" If you're a hardcore fan of Star Wars or filmmaking, or if you're considering creating a costume of your own for cosplay or Halloween or just wandering the streets of Mos Eisley, this book is a must-read."
-Big Shiny Robot

About the Author

Brandon Alinger is currently the chief operations officer of the Los Angeles branch of The Prop Store of London, the industry leader in movie props and costumes. He lives in Los Angeles.
John Mollo made his debut as a costume designer on Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. He went on to create the costume designs for Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and Alien, among others. He lives in Oxford, England.
Nilo Rodis-Jamero served as the assistant art director and concept artist on Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back as well as a costume designer for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. He lives in Vancouver.
Aggie Rodgers was the costume designer on Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, as well as American Graffiti and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She lives in San Francisco.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2014
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Gosh, it really took a while for this book to come out considering the previous costume book Dressing a Galaxy which came out in 2005.

It's a fantastic book just like the earlier one. It's a huge 226-page hardcover with lots of wonderful photos and in depth writeup.

Star Wars Costumes focuses on the costumes created for Star Wars original trilogy Episodes IV, V and IV. It's really cool to look at the huge variety of costumes used in the movies.

There are costumes for Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, bounty hunters, Princess Leia's skimpy slave dancer outfit, Darth Vadar, Stormtroopers and many more. Across the movies, there are also updates to the costumes so you'll get to see Darth Vadar's original and the updated one after A New Hope. What I find interesting is to see that most costume designs have aged quite well while some not so well.

The photographs are great. They are high resolution with close ups just in case you want to examine the seams. There are photographs almost on every page. Some sketches and concept designs are also included.

The text is even more in depth compared to Dressing a Galaxy, talking about the making of those costumes. Forewords are written by costume designers John Mollo, Nilo Rodis-Jamero and Aggie Rodgers. It's a very insightful writeup by author Brian Alinger.

Highly recommended to all Star Wars fans.

By the way, there are two publishers for this book, namely Chronicle Books who is distributing for USA and Canada, and Titan Books for UK, Europe and other places. Prices of the book will vary slightly from the publishers and of course places where you buy it.

(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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This Star Wars book, featuring costume design production aspects of the Original Trilogy, is one I had longed for years, but unfortunately it cannot qualify as “complete”, and most definitely won’t deserve a subtitle like “The Uniforms of the Star Wars Universe”.

Unlike previous Star Wars production books like the SW Chronicles, Sculpting A Galaxy, SW Blueprints or Rinzler’s Making-of-books I didn’t find it really too exciting holding it in my arms.

The good stuff:
- Finally, costume designer John Mollo gets a most welcome opportunity to share plenty of anecdotes and production details which was undoubtedly my personal highlight (although I would have loved to see him share a few secrets about the rank badge systems and the choice of colours which had always suggested an echo of the uniforms of the 18th Century Royal Navy, i.e. blue naval officers and red army marines, IMHO)
- NEW HOPE heroes in rare publicity shots (e.g. book cover)
- Rare behind-the-scenes images and previously unseen scene images
- NEW HOPE X-Wing (pg. 67) and JEDI pilot helmet gallery (too bad we never saw the erased scene of the B-Wings taking out an imperial Star Destroyer to fully appreciate it)
- Tatooine protocol and Death Star droid
- Sandstorm outfits from the deleted scene in JEDI
- Rebel technician uniforms from the Headquarters Frigate briefing room scene
- Ignorance of erroneous Expanded Universe terminology (Samurai-helmeted imperials are identified as security guards, Death Star gunner helmet reveals the correct proportions of the imperial logo – Lucasfilm Licensing please take notice and have the incorrect proportions in licensed products like these latest headphones fixed!
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A beautiful book. I wasn't sure at first if I wanted a book just about the costumes, but I'm glad I got it. The photographs of the costumes themselves are stunning, including close-ups which reveal some of the bits you don't see on screen. These go alongside a wealth of other material including stills, behind-the-scenes photos and concept art. The text is a fascinating insight into how these iconic costumes were conceived and made, and sometimes a bit about what the actors wearing them thought. It doesn't just include the famous costumes, but all sorts of background characters including skiff guards, rebel technicians and so on. A must for fans of the original trilogy.
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Wow and wow !!! Great book , a great reference to the classic trilogy ... anybody into collecting movie props and costumes , and into star wars should make this top of the list . In depth pictures of never seen before pieces . Just cant put this book down ... buy it today !!!
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You should really see this as the companion volume to "Dressing the Galaxy" as the focus with that volume is almost entirely the Prequels.
This is a hugely comprehensive and very detailed look at the Original trilogy and it covers alot of the popular as well as lesser well known costumes, and ,with some excellent photographic work gives perhaps the best coverage I've ever seen.
An absolute must for an OT fan!!!
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Great book, tonnes of detail behind every costume.
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Great book. I'm making a Boba Fett costume and the picture in here are great but any Star Wars costume would benefit from this book. Its also got loads of great information about the fabrics, the history etc.
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