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Imperial Officer Uniform - Creating the Perfect Fit!

Often customers will order costumes from other companies and receive generically sized pieces. They look frumpy or are too tight, and appear more like something one would wear on Halloween. By contrast, ANOVOS brand replicas look like clothing worn ‘in a galaxy far far away’ or an actual uniform made in the future of Star Trek. They are as close to custom fit as you can get. What do we do differently? It’s about the care taken in initial production. 


Traditionally when pieces are sized overseas, they begin with basic pattern blocks provided by the manufacturers before designing the final pattern. These are created using “fit models”– real life individuals who physically represent each size for both males and females. Because the manufacturers are often using local models for their fitting, the results don’t often translate well to western sizing. Since we are looking to perfectly replicate what’s seen on the screen we have taken our own sizing process a step farther. 

The Imperial Officer Collection 

Officers were high-class soldiers who held various positions of responsibility, authority, and duty within the various branches of the Galactic Empire's military. Build your costume piece by piece or all at once with these offerings from the ANOVOS STAR WARS™ Collection. Shop now!

The Imperial Officer Premier Ensemble
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We began with the Imperial Officer uniform. Each size was perfectly tailored to fit models local to our studio in California. Ten models were used to maintain consistency and several fittings were conducted to get the silhouette just right. Because of this, the Imperial Officer Uniforms became one of the best fit uniforms of our STAR WARS Original Trilogy Collection.


Fit can be even more crucial than fabric choice 

The Imperial Officer Uniform has contoured waistlines, broad padded shoulders, and the shaped trousers inspired by a WW2 German soldier’s uniform.

Besides being particularly striking, the uniforms have an extremely comfortable fit for beyond that of a typical costume. Once you try on one of these screen-accurate Officer uniforms you will see for yourself!


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STAR TREK TMP WorkBee - The Unsung Hero of Starfleet's Shipyards!

We love STAR TREK: The Motion Picture.

It represents the rebirth of STAR TREK, and its metamorphosis into an enduring franchise.

It also showed an evolution of Starfleet’s aesthetic into something more realistic, and befitting a 70mm big screen presentation. Part of that change was the inclusion of background workers and service craft for depth. Just the sort of things you would see around a ship being made ready for her launch into the final frontier.

One such craft, and one of my favorites in any Star Trek, is the stout little “cargo management unit" nicknamed the ''Workbee.”  

Designed by Andrew Probert, whose iconic designs included both the refit ENTERPRISE and The Next Generation's ENTERPRISE-D, the yellow Workbees can be seen flitting in and around ENTERPRISE's drydock in The Motion Picture. Pushing, pulling, lifting, manipulating, and transporting parts & cargo, the bee is the little unsung hero of Starfleet's massive shipyards. Having family that has worked aboard and around ships & shipyards in my own military life, I've imagined the people that build starships to also be amazing people. Our Workbee patch is testament to that belief.


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STAR TREK™: THE ORIGINAL SERIES Collection!

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The strong-armed bee in the patch was inspired by a logo sketched-out by Magicam model maker Chris Elliot while working on the Work Bee filming model for The Motion Picture. From there we added a starfield background, and the organizational name "Naval Construction Contractors."

That name was intended as a bit of a nod to fan-driven Star Trek lore. The registry number of the original U.S.S. ENTERPRISE is of course NCC-1701, and all active Starfleet ships use the prefix "NCC" or "NX" ahead of their hull number. What "NCC" means has never been expressly stated either on screen or in any STAR TREK production, but early fans embraced "Naval Construction Contract" following the release of "The Star Trek Blueprints" by Franz Joseph Schnaubelt in 1975. His "NCC" explanation has since become the de facto designation, even being used in a number of licensed Star Trek works. 

So our Workbee patch stands in tribute to two groups of dry dock workers laboring to bring an almost entirely new ship into service. The fictional workers in the film, but also the crew that worked diligently behind the scenes to put a new vision of STAR TREK on the largest screen it had ever been beamed to. 

They were trying to tell us something about ourselves in that film, and they were right…


The Human Adventure Is Just Beginning. 

🖖 LLAP,
John 

John Cooley 
John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  

STAR TREK™: THE OFFICIAL PATCH COLLECTION!

STAR TREK™: THE OFFICIAL PATCH COLLECTION!

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The Clothes Make the Man - Han Solo's Bold and Simple Style

There is no doubt that Han Solo’s popularity can be attributed to the charm Harrison Ford brought to the roguish smuggler. Therefore his ensemble was carefully designed to match his cavalier, yet heroic attitude. Han Solo’s costume in the A New Hope consisted of a simple cotton vest, a white woolen shirt, and his famously ‘blood stripe’ detailed pants. He didn’t need fancy trim or ornate fabrics to look the part. 









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Smuggler. Scoundrel. Hero. Han Solo™, captain of the Millennium Falcon™, was one of the great leaders of the Rebel Alliance. Build your costume piece by piece or all at once with these offerings from the ANOVOS STAR WARS™ Collection. Shop Now!


Star Wars™: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Han Solo™ 

In The Empires Strikes Back, the costume continued this same look, changing the color of the pants and blood stripe, and replacing the vest with a jacket. A combination of deeper colors and better fabrics upgraded the costume. Anovos replicated Han Solo’s suave look with a 100% wool jacket, wool flannel shirt, and brown wool blend trousers with the signature golden embroidered detail up the leg.

We paid special attention to make sure our replica is as close to the original as possible. The shirt is custom dyed to perfectly match the screen used item and is made with the same pattern, providing the easy fit and movability required of a smuggler. The trousers are not just embroidered with the blood-stripes, but in the same slightly angled style of the original, often missing in Han Solo replicas.

His distinct yet simple jacket is the perfect piece to complete your Star Wars Hero look.

  • Pocket details and color to compliment Mr. Ford,
  • Made of a high-quality wool blend.
  • Fully lined, it offers a comfortable fit for everyday use.
  • The fabric was custom produced in Britain.
  • Final production of the jacket was manufactured here in the USA.
With a detailed topstitching, four pockets on the front and one pocket on the sleeve, this style of jacket is classic enough to be worn for years to come.

As with most of Anovos’ costume offerings, all three items were patterned to the specifications of our stateside models to ensure universal fit, utilizing references from the original garments. Not only is this costume perfect to complete your Han Solo look, but stylish enough for everyday wear.  

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Anovos Productions LLC May 19, 2020 0 tags (show)

Vulcan Anatomy And Teleconferencing


I've been working from home.

Many of us are working from home these days, and really there are some benefits to working this way. It's an opportunity to work in your PJ's. A stuffy conference can become a briefing aboard the Enterprise if you wear a Starfleet Uniform shirt. You can even unlock your inner logistician by attending a meeting wearing Mr. Spock's ears.

That last one has become a favorite with everyone in our house. First they're fun, and useful as we share an office these days. 

Our Vulcan Ear Buds enable us to hear and be heard by our colleagues and associates, thanks to an in-line mic, but the best part is their shape. 

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 We are natural born Trekkies afterall, and it's incredibly satisfying to present oneself in a meeting as the ultimate in logical thinking. It's also really fun to make a little game out of it.

  "I wonder if anyone will notice the Vulcan in the room?"

Our Vulcan Earbuds are arguably the most whimsical product we've ever made. Sculpted to match the ear tips designed for Leonard Nimoy by original series make-up designer Fred Phillips, ours sit comfortably on top of human ears without the need for any adhesive at all. And, with three earbud sizes there's no problem customizing a pair to fit anyone.

It felt appropriate to wear my Vulcan ear buds while writing this piece. 

They came in handy while alternating between the soundtrack for "This Side of Paradise" and returning phone calls. 

A few minutes ago though, a friend & coworker popped in to a video meeting and spotted “my” ears. 

He dryly raised his left eyebrow in a perfect imitation of our favorite Vulcan scientist, looked directly at me, and with the slightest of smirks said "Fascinating."

It was truly funny, and the only logical thing to do. 

🖖LLAP

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John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  

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Exploring the Design of an Iconic Fan Favorite - STAR TREK™ Skant Uniform

We've recreated a lot of costumes over the last ten years from every quadrant of the STAR TREK Universe. In every Trek era there's always one costume that sticks out as being either iconic, fun, an oddball, or a fan-favorite. STAR TREK: The Next Generation’s first season uniform skant fits all those descriptions. 

Mr. Theiss' iconic uniform designs were brilliant, presenting a futuristic look that was perfectly suited to its moment in history. 20 years prior, Lt. Uhura's uniform mini-dress seized upon the cultural zeitgeist at that time, as it was seen as an empowering symbol of the women’s liberation movement.

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In 1987 Mr. Roddenberry wanted something just as iconic, and even more forward thinking: he wanted it to be a uniform that could be worn by officers of any gender. A master of intricate patterning, and innovative design Mr. Thiess set to work designing two distinct dresses.  

While very similar in appearance, the two dresses were created with the wearer in mind, and so two  patterns were drafted: one for women, and the other for men. 




We were fortunate to be able to take measurements and examine the construction of an original first-season women's Skant, sewn under the supervision of Mr. Theiss himself in 1987. Utilizing surviving patterns and color reference in archives, our design and prototyping team set to work. 

While hewing to accuracy, we did make one very vital change out of necessity: we eschewed the overly-complicated closure system, creating a simple side zip. This allows the wearer to dress and undress from the garment without needing an “on-set” costume department dresser! 

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION Women's Skant Uniform

Finally, putting this all together using custom dyed jumbo weight spandex, we were able to create one of the most-exacting replicas of the women’s TNG uniform skant we’ve ever seen, and one that would look right at home aboard the ENTERPRISE D.

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Exploring Luke's Hero Journey to Bespin

Luke Skywalker is our hero of the Rebel Alliance throughout STAR WARS Original Trilogy. His journey takes him from the innocent farm boy of A New Hope, to the hardened trained master of Return of the Jedi. You can see his development visually as his clothing changes to reflect his development as a character.

George Lucas fashioned the original Star Wars Trilogy after the “monomyth'' from Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with A Thousand Faces. 

Christopher Vogler later adapted this "Hero's Journey" into a 12 part story structure, and its interesting to see Luke's struggles and "Ordeals" displayed in the clothing he wore in the films.

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From the innocence of white in his "Call to Adventure" to the seriousness of black as he returns from his ordeals, it is appropriate that Luke’s attire in The Empire Strikes Back is somewhere in between.



A tan two-piece tunic and pant combo, more structured than his whimsical clothing from A New Hope, but not as stern and foreboding as his form-fitting attire from Return of the Jedi.

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Luke's fight with Darth Vader at the end of the second film showcases "The Ordeal" in Campbell's journey for the hero.

Vogler describes “The Ordeal” as: 

...This is the high-point of the Hero's story and where everything he holds dear is put on the line. If he fails, he will either die or life as he knows it will never be the same again. 


Luke’s first fight with Darth Vader is a perfect example of this story concept. He is ill-prepared for this trial, but this is the moment he transitions from boy to man. He learns painful lessons, and walks away with scars he will carry for the remainder of his life.

All while clothed in his iconic tan jacket and pants. The clothing of someone who is not quite a hero yet, but no longer the starry-eyed farm boy, longing for adventure while the twin suns set.

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First Order Officer Insignia - Authentic in Every Detail!

In the early years of ANOVOS, we proudly acquired a license for Battlestar Galactica (the 2004 series). This allowed us to visit the filming set during the final season of the show and meet many of the creators who provided the original props and costumes. Some of our earliest Battlestar Galactica products came from those same artists, meaning our customers received products produced in the same materials by the same vendors as the assets created for the show. This process transcended the term “replica” and is the highest form of collectible someone can obtain outside of owning a screen-used asset.  

While we loved providing those products to our customers, that experience was atypical. We have rarely been able to provide products created by the original vendors for our Star Wars line. The vendors are either long gone, unknown to us, or simply too expensive to commission for a consumer product.

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STAR WARS™ First Order Officer Duty Cap Insignia Accessory

This is why our First Order Officer Insignias are truly something unique and special. 


Typically in the past we’ve talked about how painstaking our replication process is and how accurate our replicas are. But there’s no question of authenticity with these products. These are the exact style of insignias used during the productions of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

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Because they are manufactured by the same creators, using the same assets. These pieces speak for themselves. We’re offering our customers exactly what the characters on set wore.

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To ensure accuracy for a First Order uniform, you will need one Duty Cap Insignia and one Uniform Insignia (placed on the left shoulder).

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Lounging in 24th Century Starfleet Comfort

Starfleet Uniforms don't really lend themselves to lounging.

Uniforms are organizational clothing intended to both foster and present a cohesive, professional esprit de corps among the service people wearing them. Every piece of a uniform both serves a purpose and communicates some information.  

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Over the last few weeks one such uniform component has slipped from being simply a costume into something I wear just because it's comfy: my Starfleet Uniform Undershirt from STAR TREK: First Contact and Deep Space Nine.

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Whenever production needed to suggest that Starfleet officers were in an extreme situation, either under duress or relaxed, they would often lose the top of the uniform and depict them wearing their divisional uniform undershirt. This happened more times than one might think.

It's fun to be able to wear an accurate Starfleet uniform without having to wear the whole ensemble. 



Though if I wanted to wear the whole outfit I can swap out the cuffs on my jacket for the cuffs that came with my shirt, and have a whole "new" uniform! 

And as for the shirt itself, it's soft as it is made of the same Cotton/Poly tri-blended fabric that we've used for all of our uniform undershirts.


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Really, I suppose I started wearing my Starfleet division shirt because it feels both comforting and comfortable.

It's an utterly appropriate uniform for the realities of "now", from our shared fictional "future."

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John Cooley is a writer based in Las Vegas, and a product developer for ANOVOS.  

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The Mandalorian Helmet - More Than Expected!

Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

 

When I set eyes on the original helmet from The Mandalorian™ in person, my first thought was: “Wow, that helmet wasn’t as I expected!”

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Having closely studied the original Boba Fett™ helmets, I can appreciate why Jeremy Bulloch dubbed him “Bucket head.” Boba Fett and Jango Fett™'s helmets were similar in size, where The Mandalorian™'s helmet is more compact and fitted.

Forty years past Boba Fett’s creation, we are clearly in a different time and this new helmet serves a different purpose. The Mandalorian’s helmet, as with the entire costume, is built for action and stunts. Everything is tight and well fitted. There is no bucket feel or bobblehead here. This helmet is meant to move with you and be purely functional.

Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. Lucasfilm Ltd. © 2019 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

 

My second thought was regarding the finish, recognizing that it was going to be one of our biggest challenges.

At first, the helmet’s paintwork seems quite simple—just a pewter finish with some weathering—but upon closer inspection, this isn’t true at all. Just for comparison Captain Phasma™’s helmet has a chrome finish and Jango Fett’s helmet color was a result of being cold cast with aluminum powder. The Mandalorian’s helmet is neither! It is unique and quite complicated. First, because of the way it was painted, it changes its color contingent upon different lighting conditions. Second, don’t let the initial “one-note metallic” finish fool you! There is an incredible amount of subtle intricacy, not seen in other paint jobs, with clever shifts in tonality—somewhat mimicking the contouring seen in the makeup industry.

Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. François Duhamel. © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.Pedro Pascal is The Mandalorian in the Disney+ series THE MANDALORIAN. François Duhamel. © 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.

 

We learned the exact paint process the production team used to paint the original screen-used helmets. Even though we knew how the helmets were painted and detailed it still took our development team a few weeks to settle upon a paint process we can implement for mass production which replicates the beauty and subtle tone shifting nature of the original helmets. To perfect our finishing process we painted our prototypes side-by-side with an original screen-used helmet which allowed us to instantly compare our paintwork directly to the original piece and make adjustments as needed. Once our factory paint and finishing processes were authenticated against the real screen-used helmet, our research team directly guided our artists as they hand-painted and weathered each helmet based on the same multi-stepped techniques used to create the originals. There was a lot of cleverness poured into replicating the paint finish and I am proud that we were able to provide this artisan touch to our collectors in this helmet.

Helmets ready for the intricate painting process and helmets ready for final touches.  © 2019 ANOVOS & ™. All Rights Reserved.Helmets ready for the intricate painting process and helmets ready for final touches.  © 2019 ANOVOS & ™. All Rights Reserved.

 

Boba Fett will always have a cult following and this new character, The Mandalorian, is awesome in his own right and will likely find a similar fandom. His look takes advantage of all the latest technologies in digital printing as well as modern paints. He is more streamlined, and his overall design is far more agile. He is the future and a character worthy to be called The Mandalorian.

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Anovos Productions LLC November 04, 2019 3 tags (show)

A Cowboy, a Samurai and a Princess Walk into a Bar…

“It’s just a bunch of rags sort of wrapped around her. I mean, I get wanting to dress up like the main character but it’s not like Rey’s costume is all that interesting.”

Honestly, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor before I could even respond to my friend after hearing that comment. I mean, I’m a film geek first, sure, but I’m a costume geek second, and I don’t know if I’d ever heard an opinion about a costume just so totally different from my own. And, about my girl Rey? I just couldn’t believe it. Call me obsessed, but I launched into a rant about the virtue of our dear scavenger’s ensemble before my friend could finish off the rest of their blue milk.

Let’s talk about the brilliance of Rey’s original design from The Force Awakens. When you first laid eyes on her in the earliest scenes of the movie, did anything come to mind? The sandy landscapes of Jakku brought back memories of another dusty planet, certainly, but the gauzy wrappings of beige and off-white must have reminded you of someone. Of course it did. Luke.

ANOVOS Rey Jakku Scavenger Costume

Customer Supplied Pic. Photo by Justin Tongson.

Now, love them or hate them, I think we can all agree that the newest films are undoubtedly a kind of remix of the original trilogy. Personally, I think that’s a great thing. At the end of the day everything is just a remix with a little splash of something new. Done right, you’ve got a nice little homage. And Rey’s outfit is definitely just that, an homage to someone we already know and love with a potent visual cue we’re already familiar with. But I think the references go even deeper than that.

Rey is, at the core of her character, a scavenger. And what I find just so interesting about her costume is that it’s, well, just so scavenged from other characters. I’ve covered the very obvious resemblance with Luke’s ANH look but if you’re looking closely you’ll find inspiration from two other early Star Wars heroes as well. To me the low slinging holster is just so cowboy, so undeniably Han. Leia’s look, for better or worse, has always been largely defined by her very loud, very proud hairstyles, and Rey is no different. The criss crossing right-over left style lines of her wrap recall the Japanese influence of Luke and Obi-wan’s Jedi’s underpinnings. It really seems like little bits and pieces have been taken here and there and reforged into something new and interesting, not unlike the franchise itself. What we end up with an amalgamation that’s truly cohesive within the Star Wars universe. You know what you’re looking at when you see her—a hero.

A splash of something new also makes an appearance in her costume. Little details are hidden throughout out from her mismatched sleeves to the versatility of her wrap. While borrowing from the past costume designer Michael Kaplan never forgot to give Rey her own spark of personality. Her look feels useful and a natural reflection of her setting without beating you over the head with it and I appreciate that subtlety.

ANOVOS Rey Jakku Scavenger Costume

Customer Supplied Pic (Gloria Northup)

I think we did a wonderful job of bringing Rey’s costume to life. Real leather was used for the appropriate parts and the pants are a lovely silk blend. The gathering at the shoulders is meticulous and I can tell you first hand the colors of the ensemble are excellent. And despite what my friend said about this just being a series of wraps (it isn’t), we took the time to carefully pattern everything off of the original movie assets.

Maybe I’m just a dreamer but I relished being a part of this project and the opportunity it gave us to add our own little stitch to the tapestry of this costume.

We hope that you’ll enjoy wearing it as much as we did creating it.

-Amanda

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