Book Review “Star Wars Costumes”

starwars-costumesAuthor: by Brandon Alinger
Hardcover: 232 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

When it comes to “Star Wars”, who doesn’t love the amazing costumes that these characters have worn. “Star Wars Costumes” is going to be a huge hit with fans because it focuses on The Original Trilogy. What kid didn’t flip out when they saw Darth Vader’s costume for the first time. This is not the first costume book for “Star Wars” films thought since “Dressing a Galaxy” was released in 2005 but this book is much more in-depth about each costume. It is filled of pretty photos don’t get me wrong, very pretty and extremely detailed but there is some great descriptions backing those wonderful images. Episodes IV, V and IV are well represented here with costumes ranging for Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Boba Fett, Darth Vadar, Stormtroopers and every guys favorite Slave Leia outfit and many more. I am sure fans are going to not be as thrilled for the inevitable follow-up for the Prequel Trilogy but it could have some great designs for sure. This is a must for any “Star Wars” fan.

Official Premise: Who can forget the first time Darth Vader marched onto Princess Leia’s ship, in his black cape and mask? Or the white hard-body suit of the stormtroopers? Or Leia’s outfit as Jabba’s slave? These costumes—like so many that adorned the characters of that galaxy far, far away—have become iconic. For the first time, the Lucasfilm Archives is granting full access to the original costumes of episodes IV, V, and VI, allowing them to be revealed in never-before-seen detail. In over 200 new costume photographs, sketches, and behind-the-scenes photos and notes, based on new interviews, fans will get a fresh perspective on the creation of the clothes and costume props that brought these much-loved characters to life. Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy affords both new and longtime Star Wars fans an intimate look at the unforgettable costumes from this classic series.

Like I said the resolution on the photos are very impressive. They even have some that are quite close up and you can literally see the seams. I am sure that fans are going to love this. What I also loved is that there is no wasting of pages here since there are great photos throughout this book. The author is Brandon Alinger, who is the COO of the Los Angeles branch of The Prop Store of London, the industry leader in movie props and costumes. There are also three great forewords by John Mollo, Aggie Rodgers, and Nilo Rodis-Jamero. John is the costume designer on Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. Nilo was the assistant art director and concept artist on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and costume designer for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Aggie was the costume designer on Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. These people certainly have and give us great insight into their work on the series.


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