Star Wars Costumes Hardcover – 28 Oct 2014
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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."
" 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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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.)
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!Read more ›
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!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book on how to make movie costumes. There are so many details on the constructions and on the short cuts on how to make things look good on camera, but not necessarily in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant addition to my Star Wars library. I love this book.Published 5 months ago by James E Wilson
As it was a present for my hubby I think he quite liked itPublished 6 months ago by Nurije Idrizi-Newson
Great, great book - if you love the films (in particular the original trilogy), or have an interest in costume design, then this is a fantastic book to have. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Salaciousb
Beautiful photos and sketches, also close ups of details and materials. Absolutely love it!Published 16 months ago by Kate Williams
Really good quality book. Well worth buying for any Star Wars fan.Published 17 months ago by B. Saunders
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