Designing Costumes for ‘Star Wars’ Jedis, Princesses in addition to Naked Creatures

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

More than a thousand. in addition to they’re all individually made, all in different fabrics. They needed dresses in addition to gloves in addition to jewelry. You can’t go out in addition to buy clothes for “Star Wars.” We had a milliner. the item was like M.G.M. inside the ’30s. We had hats made, gloves made. We had people just generating jewelry because of This particular one sequence. The creatures could come to us naked, in addition to we could dress them.

Were the creatures anatomically correct?

No comment.

Which was your favorite “Star Wars” costume?


The ninja-inspired Praetorian Guards on the red carpet.

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Praetorian guard. We looked at 1950s muscle cars. The costumes had to be on stuntmen who were fighting very hard. They use weapons in addition to they need to have complete range of motion. in addition to if these guys fall, you don’t want the armor cracking. in addition to the helmets look like they have no way of seeing, nevertheless there’s actually tiny slits, in addition to they can see out perfectly well. They’re very samurai, very Japanese, nevertheless very clean. Very “Star Wars.”

The Academy tends to reward period pieces for costume. Does which annoy you?

They don’t love science fiction. I don’t see the item changing. Even the original “Blade Runner,” which didn’t have all the characteristics of a science fiction film, was still totally disregarded. in addition to look what the item has become. in addition to with sequels, I think they think the item’s already designed. the item’s done.

I do find the item a bit odd, because when you’re doing a period piece you can do research. You can look at costumes which someone else made. nevertheless with the future you’re actually blazing completely new territory.

What was Carrie Fisher like to work with?

She commented on everything. nevertheless whenever she was talking, there was laughter. She referred to her costume in Episode 7 as her Sunoco gas station attendant costume. For “The Last Jedi,” the director Rian Johnson wanted her to look more regal. I got a truly lovely letter by him, saying, “You made her look so beautiful in these costumes for her final film.” the item meant a lot.


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

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Are you inspired by current fashion trends?

I don’t look at fashion magazines unless I’m doing a contemporary movie in addition to the actress will be wearing something very trendy. The last time I was influenced by fashion for a movie was looking back to the ’60s, when I was doing “Star Trek,” seeing Courrèges in addition to Pierre Cardin in addition to trying to harken back to which period when “Star Trek” was developed. I actually did the same for “Star Wars.”

could you ever design a line of clothing yourself?

I truly don’t have an opinion of what different people should wear. Marc Jacobs always says to me, “I could never do what you do.” in addition to I say to him, “Of course you could, nevertheless I could never do what you do.”

Tell me something I don’t know about “The Last Jedi.”

The first rule of “Star Wars” will be you don’t talk about “Star Wars.”

The interview has been edited in addition to condensed.

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