Style Q&A: Designing Costumes for ‘Star Wars’ Jedis, Princesses and Naked Creatures

How many costumes did you design for “The Last Jedi”?

More than a thousand. And they’re all individually made, all in several materials. They wanted attire and gloves and jewellery. You can’t exit and purchase garments for “Star Wars.” We had a milliner. It was like M.G.M. within the ’30s. We had hats made, gloves made. We had individuals simply making jewellery for this one sequence. The creatures would come to us bare, and we might costume them.

Were the creatures anatomically right?

No remark.

Which was your favourite “Star Wars” costume?


The ninja-inspired Praetorian Guards on the purple carpet.

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Praetorian guard. We checked out 1950s muscle vehicles. The costumes needed to be on stuntmen who had been preventing very arduous. They use weapons and they should have full vary of movement. And if these guys fall, you don’t need the armor cracking. And the helmets appear to be they haven’t any manner of seeing, however there’s really tiny slits, and they’ll see out completely effectively. They’re very samurai, very Japanese, however very clear. Very “Star Wars.”

The Academy tends to reward interval items for costume. Does that annoy you?

They don’t love science fiction. I don’t see it altering. Even the unique “Blade Runner,” which didn’t have all of the traits of a science fiction movie, was nonetheless completely disregarded. And look what it has turn into. And with sequels, I feel they assume it’s already designed. It’s carried out.

I do discover it a bit odd, as a result of while you’re doing a interval piece you are able to do analysis. You can take a look at costumes that another person made. But with the long run you’re really blazing new territory.

What was Carrie Fisher prefer to work with?

She commented on all the pieces. But every time she was speaking, there was laughter. She referred to her costume in Episode 7 as her Sunoco fuel station attendant costume. For “The Last Jedi,” the director Rian Johnson wished her to look extra regal. I bought a extremely beautiful letter from him, saying, “You made her look so beautiful in these costumes for her final film.” It meant lots.

Carrie Fisher, middle, on the set of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with the director Rian Johnson, left.

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Are you impressed by present trend tendencies?

I don’t take a look at trend magazines except I’m doing a recent film and the actress is carrying one thing very fashionable. The final time I used to be influenced by trend for a film was wanting again to the ’60s, once I was doing “Star Trek,” seeing Courrèges and Pierre Cardin and attempting to harken again to that interval when “Star Trek” was developed. I really did the identical for “Star Wars.”

Would you ever design a line of clothes your self?

I actually don’t have an opinion of what different individuals ought to put on. Marc Jacobs all the time says to me, “I could never do what you do.” And I say to him, “Of course you could, but I could never do what you do.”

Tell me one thing I don’t find out about “The Last Jedi.”

The first rule of “Star Wars” is you don’t speak about “Star Wars.”

The interview has been edited and condensed.

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