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Lt. Tasha Yar and her lost Starfleet Uniform Skant

Show of hands - how many Trekkies (Trekkers?) out there knew that Lt. Tasha Yar wore a Starfleet skant dress in an episode?

Much less the pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint?" It's alright if you hadn't noticed. I didn't either. To me it's an interesting glimpse into a show that was really only at the beginning of figuring itself out.

In the earliest days of STAR TREK: The Next Generation the production staff was a mixture of people new to Star Trek and those who had been part of Gene's staff during pre-production on The Original Series. Among them was TOS costume designer William Ware Theiss who had designed all the iconic uniforms and costumes worn from "The Cage" to "Turnabout Intruder."

His first task on TNG was to design all of the new Starfleet Uniforms from formal dress uniforms and standard duty uniforms to the dresslike "skants" which fulfilled Gene Roddenberry's edict that both male and female crewmembers were free to wear whichever uniform style they felt most comfortable with. To further Illustrate the idea that any member of the Enterprise crew could wear what they want (so long as it did not interfere with their assigned duties) - the last shot of the pilot was set up to drive the point home by dressing even the new action oriented, Security & Tactical Officer Lt. Tasha Yar in a skant. To be fair, she rocks it. It looks great, and shows the flexibility of the new uniform suite to adapt to different shipboard roles, and jobs.

She never wore it again.

I do understand. It would seem perhaps a challenging garment for a tactical officer to wear in the field, but aboard the Enterprise-D (described by some of the behind the scenes staff as a "Hilton in Space"), why not? It looks cool. It looks comfortable, and with its unique "skant" shorts design it could move and flex just as well as the standard Duty Uniform.

For whatever reason her skant never showed up again except on background actors, called "atmosphere" on set. Throughout the first season it would flit in and out of scenes, but it always seemed to be on its way somewhere else. A few years ago we got to examine an original TNG 1st season women's Ops gold skant. It was awesome to see Mr. Theiss' unique construction & closure methods up close. He was a master at fitting a costume to a person, and the skant we saw was no exception. So cool. Now, I can't be certain as the costume department’s assigned name tags had been removed, but I've always suspected that skant was Lt. Yar's lost dress. There just weren't that many operations skants built for TNG before the uniform dresses disappeared from the show entirely, so I suppose it's possible. Either way studying that dress was a privilege, and helped immeasurably during the development of our replica.

So, there's a rare piece of Star Trek: TNG lore for you - Tasha Yar's lost Uniform skant. If nothing else maybe it'll help you win your next round of Star Trek trivia. ;)

LLAP,
John

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John Cooley July 08, 2020 0 tags (show)

Star Trek Summertime Favorites!

Summer is finally here!

This time of year I always replay my All-Time favorite summer movies, and 2009's Star Trek is absolutely among them. I love that movie! It reinvigorated the STAR TREK franchise by taking characters and concepts from the '60s and remixed them. It introduced Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and the crew of the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE to a legion of new fans and left them wanting more. And what did they find? The Original Series, The Next Generation, and an entire universe that they might never have discovered without Star Trek '09.

Some folks may not remember, but STAR TREK was an enormous hit that summer and played, first run, in some theaters into early fall. Crazy, cool, fun, and exciting, we couldn't get enough, and the whole time we were falling in love with the film's new uniforms. What costume designer Michael Kaplan did with Star Trek's retro-futuristic uniforms was a fresh NEW approach to William Ware Theiss' iconic Starfleet Uniforms. The classic silhouette, shapes and color blocking of the originals were all present and accounted for, right down to the saddle sleeves, and slightly pointed, contrasting collar that now belonged to an undershirt worn beneath the uniform's tunic. And the colors were striking too! Using the original color pallet left behind by Bill Thiess, Mr. Kaplan subtly turned up the color saturation. Another innovation was in choosing a spacey, and well wearing jumbo weight spandex for the tunics and dresses, A material that ensured the crew of the Enterprise looked as cool as the rest of the film.

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There is one additional element that made these new uniforms unique, the continuous "Delta Print" found on all the standard shipboard Starfleet Uniform Tunics and Dresses. When Star Trek '09 was made it was filmed with the knowledge that not only would its effects, sets, props, and costumes have to look amazing on larger than life movie screens, but they would have to withstand even greater scrutiny on the increasingly larger, and higher resolution monitors in people's living rooms. The explosion of super high definition equipment in people's homes led to a new line of thinking among some costume designers working in the sci-fi, and superheroic genres. Traditional textiles can look fairly flat when photographed and displayed in some higher definition formats, and so this led directly to costume designers using repeating prints, and tiny, three dimensional textures printed, or applied to represent futuristic fabrics. It's a trend that continues today.

Recreating those uniforms took a lot of hard work - over a year of effort to do it right and bring it to market.

We worked closely with CBS, Paramount, Bad Robot, and even spoke to Michael Kaplan himself. We got to examine the original costumes, and meet the people who made them for the film. We worked diligently with dye houses, and printers, and learned a lot along the way. But at the end of the day we were rewarded with the most accurate replica of an original costume piece ever offered up to that point. And it was incredibly gratifying, to see people wearing and enjoying that tunic. It still is!

Star Trek ’09 is one of my favorite summertime movies. In fact, I think I'll throw it on right now.

If you'll excuse me... The Future Begins.


🖖 LLAP!
John  


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

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John Cooley June 29, 2020 0 tags (show)

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the Tale of Darmok

"You knew there was a dangerous creature on this planet and you knew from the tale of Darmok that a danger shared might sometimes bring two people together. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. You and me, here, at El-Adrel." - Captain Jean-Luc Picard to the Tamarian Captain Dathon in "Darmok"

"Darmok", written by Joe Menosky, has to be the purest distillation of what STAR TREK has always been about. In it the Enterprise meets the totally alien "Children of Tama”—and despite all of the technology at their disposal, our crew finds themselves totally incapable of understanding the Tamarian's unique language. Realizing that, the noble Captain Dathon goes to extraordinary lengths to communicate with Captain Picard. In this one episode the ethos of Starfleet and STAR TREK itself is on display. It’s hard for anyone that loves The Next Generation as much as I do to pick a "favorite" episode, but this is mine.


I don't know how many people can say that they remember the first time they watched an individual episode of their favorite series, but I remember this one. At my parents’ house, after the cold open & credits, during the first commercial break, my best friend called and simultaneously we said, "DID YOU SEE PICARD'S NEW UNIFORM?!" 


We loved it instantly, and called it the PNNU-- an acronym that stands for "Picard's Nifty New Uniform." Of course, our favorite component of the new ensemble was his jacket, the PNNUJ. Not only had we been given an amazing new episode, but also a fantastic new uniform for our captain.


That uniform was an instant fan favorite and something of an icon itself. So much so that the next year, when the new line of "Next Generation" toys was launched, the first figure released was Captain Picard in his new uniform jacket (my original figure lives right here on my desk).

That uniform became something we identified with a new, "action hero" version of Captain Picard. That was the point.

 The new uniform was a perfect piece of design work on the part of Next Generation's costume designer Robert Blackman with direct input from Sir Patrick Stewart himself. Taking inspiration from World War II Submarine captains and fighter pilots - the new uniform cast the silhouette of a daring officer who was ready for anything.

As for the jacket itself, there were a few of them made and worn over the last three seasons of the show. But, it’s that first jacket that caught our attention. It was made of real leather suede and designed quite literally to be Starfleet's rendition of a fighter pilot's flight jacket.

There’s a lot of sense to that choice. After all, Captain Picard was a polymath. He was an explorer, diplomat, archaeologist, strategist, and an excellent pilot. It's the classic image of a test pilot that comes to mind when we see Picard in his new jacket, and that’s exactly what Next Gen's producers intended.

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Our "Darmok Jacket" had to be nothing less than the definitive iteration of that original coat. So we decided to make it as accurate as possible by taking reference from a screen-used jacket and following the original patterns drafted for the “Darmok” version. In fact, the only thing we added to the jacket was a couple of pockets to the interior for functionality & wearability, while retaining the visual look of the jacket. We even included the large hook & eye fasteners that Captain Picard used a few times to close the bottom of the jacket. Finally, for perfect fidelity between the original jacket and our replica, we constructed them from real leather suede.

I’m really very proud of our “Darmok” Jacket and how well it fulfills a wish I made back in 1991. We hope all of you will love it too.

“Temba, his arms open.”
🖖LLAP,
John

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John Cooley June 23, 2020 0 tags (show)

Reflecting on Father's Day - Data and Picard

I've been thinking a lot about Data lately.

The last few months I've re-watched both STAR TREK: Picard, and The Next Generation, and I've started to see the relationship between Jean-Luc and Data as that of a Father & Son.

When we first meet Data in "Encounter At Farpoint'' he's clearly an adult, but immature.

Not that he's childish at all, but he is child-like. He possesses a kid's sense of wonder for not only the wide galaxy around him but for the people he serves with aboard the Enterprise-D. It doesn't take long before Data finds a new guide in his journey to become more fully "Human", and that guide winds up being Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

How many times over the course of Next Gen's story did we see Data & Picard sitting in the Ready Room discussing one philosophical idea or another? Picard was always the compassionate teacher of his android friend. In moments of confusion, or existential conflict Data always knew who to turn to for guidance. 


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Data had a "real" Father of course in Dr. Noonian Soong, but as we've all learned at one time or another - a "Father" is one thing. A "Dad" can be something else entirely.

Jean-Luc Picard was in a very tangible way, Data's Dad.

Picard guided Data through some of the most difficult circumstances. From the moment he defended Data's civil right to exist, to the very end of Data's life Picard nurtured and cared for his friend in the way any Dad would for a child. That relationship is especially affirmed in the first season of PICARD.

When that series opens we find a Jean-Luc Picard that's very different from the one we last saw in NEMESIS. Life hasn't necessarily been fair to our good Captain. But, of all the wounds he carries the one that propels the story forward is the loss of his friend, Data. In many ways we see a haunted man in that version of Picard, and you get the sense that he lost more than an officer or even a friend when Data died. He's more like a grieving father. His motivation in the first season of the latest STAR TREK series is to do whatever it is that he can do for Data. He owes Data his life, that’s true, but his motivating need is greater even than fulfilling an obligation. He does the things that he must in pursuit of his goals out of love for who Data was.

It's ironic in a way. Picard said at the beginning of TNG that he was uncomfortable around children - despite the fact that nearly every time we saw him with kids he was really very caring. Yet, of all the father/son & surrogate father/son relationships we see play out over the course of the Star Trek franchise - the purest of those might just be between a man and an android. 

In the end, Picard did everything he could do for his only "true" son, Data.

🖖LLAP,
John

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Reflecting on Fathers Day - Ben and Han Solo

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Relationships can be complicated. 

Ben Solo - when he was still trying to convince himself that he was really Kylo Ren - once told Rey Skywalker: "Han Solo. You feel like he’s the father you never had. He would have disappointed you." Of course that statement was a lie, though one Ben wholeheartedly believed. A lie he had been told and manipulated to believe by masters of the Dark Side of the Force. Talk about unreliable sources. 


The relationship between Ben Solo and Han is without a doubt complex. But, despite the machinations and manipulations of the puppet Snoke, and his ultimate master - Emperor Palpatine - Ben always loved his father.

We know that Ben, even in his Kylo Ren persona, loved his parents. He mistakenly thought that killing Han Solo would complete his goal of becoming solely an instrument of the Dark Side of The Force. All it accomplished was to expose how confused he really was. Because it turns out that Han Solo was, in reality, a good father.

The In-Canon film adaptation books and supplementary novels explore Ben Solo's childhood. He was a well cared for kid surrounded by people (and at least one Wookiee) that loved him very much. It was only through the continued manipulation of Darth Sidious that those memories were perverted into something dark.

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General -- strike that - Princess Leia Organa's last act before dying was to call out to her son through The Force. It was one last effort to pull her son back to the good side, and having made contact, triggered a memory not of herself but of the father Kylo Ren had himself killed. That scene is one of my favorites in that film, and among some of the best moments in the saga. The conversation between what really is a memory (Ben's super-ego) & his rational mind (or ego) is amazing, and an impressive bit of acting between Harrison Ford and Adam Driver.

It demonstrates that Ben recognizes he was, and still is, loved. He realizes that his father would forgive, and so he can return to the light to help Rey & her friends put an end to the former Emperor and his machinations.

Ben Solo is one of the most complex and fascinating characters STAR WARS has ever presents us with. His thoughts, motivations, and even his resolve are constantly in flux and in some ways mirror those of Han Solo himself. Throughout his life Han Solo made a habit of saving people. I guess it only makes sense that his memory could help to save his son from beyond the grave.

"Kylo Ren is dead. My son is alive." - Ben Solo's memory of his Father, Han Solo

MTFBWY,
John

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Reflecting on Father's Day - Spock and Sarek

SPOCK: It was most kind of you to make this effort.
SAREK: It was not an effort. You are my son. ...Besides, I am most impressed with your performance in this crisis. 
SPOCK: Most kind. 
SAREK: As I recall, I opposed your enlistment in Starfleet. ...It is possible that judgment was incorrect. Your associates are people of good character. 
SPOCK: They are my friends. 
SAREK: Yes, of course. ...Do you have a message for your mother? 
SPOCK: Yes. Tell her ...I feel fine. Live long and prosper, father. 
SAREK: Live long and prosper, my son.  

- from STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME

STAR TREK has always been about family. In the largest sense, humanity is a family. We are, in every measurable way possible, related to one another as a species. Throughout the series, one of Star Trek's goals was to remind us that we are family. It reminds us that family members can disagree from time to time, but are still connected by family bonds large and small all the same.

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Sarek disagreed with Spock over his son's choice to join Starfleet rather than follow in his footsteps. That disagreement may have led to 18 years of estrangement, but it was something they were able to work past. 

For everything that's been made of Vulcan stoicism over the years, Spock loved his father. Very much. 

Logic may have suggested that the proper thing to do was work for a solution to Sarek's heart defect, but Spock still ultimately chose to save his father's life because he loved him.

Likewise, when Spock died saving the Enterprise from Khan Singh, Sarek traveled to Earth to touch something, anything of Spock, even if it was just the disembodied thoughts of his son. And when given the barest hope that his son might live again, his famous logic faltered. He had to admit publicly that he loved his son saying, "Forgive me, My logic is uncertain where my son is concerned." It's an incredible confession from one of history's most logical Vulcans. It should be no surprise to hear that a father loves his child, but coming from Sarek it's no small thing.

Family. 

We're family. You, reading this piece and me sitting here typing it out, are family. Sure we're both genre fans, and it's likely that we're both Trekkies (or Trekkers if you prefer), but if you really think about it - we’re also bound by far more than that. We share DNA. We're Humans, living on our planet together. 

Its a comforting reminder given all that's happened so far in 2020. Although we may disagree from time to time, I know what binds us together is stronger than anything trying to keep us apart. 

Spock and Sarek may be fictional characters, but their example is very real, and its something to keep in mind this father’s day.

🖖LLAP,
John 


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Gene Roddenberry's "Wagon Train to the stars"


"Captain's log, Star-date 1513.1. Our position, orbiting Planet M-113."- Star Trek "The Man Trap" September 8th 1966


The first time anyone ever saw Captain James T. Kirk on their TV sets, he arrived looking like a space sheriff; gold symbol on his chest, pistol riding in its holster on his hip, surveying the desert of Planet M-113.


Original Series creator Gene Roddenberry sold Star Trek to the TV executives of the day with the line "Wagon Train to the stars." Since this would essentially be a western in space their lead would need to look every bit the hero. 

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Having been initially rejected as being too cerebral, Star Trek leaned heavily into its action/adventure side for it's first few episodes. That meant a Captain Kirk that was ready for anything.



Costumer William Ware Theiss (under show runner Gene Coon, who had been a writer on "Wagon Train" in the 1950's), designed a utility belt in golden tan faux suede that would lay diagonally across the hips under a Starfleet uniform tunic. 

This echoed the silhouette of a cowboy's leather gun belt and gave the audience watching at home a visual cue that they were accustomed to seeing in their favorite westerns. It was, and remains, a brilliant bit of design. A futuristic garment. A belt for carrying a defensive energy weapon & a device that could call an orbiting spaceship, that also visually recalled the frontier spirit of the old west. Genius.

Our replica of Starfleet's utility belt is made from materials that have been color-matched to the original belts used in TOS' first season. Even going so far as to duplicate the belt's distinctive black, white & gold "arrowhead" trim. 



Like those original belts they wrap and close with hook & loop fasteners, and have two hook & loop patches for attaching a standard Phaser II and Communicator.

I love my belt, and when I'm not wearing it, it lives on a shelf in my office with a phaser & communicator attached to it, just waiting for our next adventure.

🖖 LLAP, 
John 


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Designed to a Vulcan's Specifications : The LN1 Vulcan Ears

KIRK: She really liked those ears?

SPOCK: Captain, the Horta is a remarkably intelligent and sensitive creature, with impeccable taste.
- From Star Trek: The Original Series, “Devil in the Dark”

I’d like to return to the subject of one of my previous articles and mention an extra tidbit-- we also made a "wireless" version of our Vulcan earbuds with a Bluetooth compatible inline remote & microphone. What’s more, these ears are specially color matched to Spock himself!

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Now, I use a pair of our standard Vulcan ear buds with a 3.5mm audio jack (as that works best with my computer), but I also have a pair of Wireless Ears. that are great for listening to audiobooks on the go. At least, they were mine, but someone in our house “stole" them, swapped out the earbuds for their size, and used them to talk to their friends. Obviously, whoever did it is unfamiliar with Spock's warning to Stonn.

While the wireless capabilities are great, the thing I like most about the wireless ears is that they are molded in a very specific color.

It was developed in 1965 exclusively for STAR TREK; a make-up color called "LN-1." Being a green blooded Vulcan', Mr. Spock would have a slightly different skin tone than his crewmates. 

Gene Roddenberry asked Original Series makeup designer Fred Phillips (the creator of Mr.Spock's ears) to develop a makeup that gave Leonard Nimoy's character a decidedly alien appearance


The greenish-yellow base make-up "LN-1" was the result, and is still manufactured & used for some actors playing Vulcans today. 

These ears are, to me, just plain fun. As a kid playing "Star Trek'' with my friends (and on the rare occasion that I was picked to play Mr. Spock'), I would put on a pair of plastic Vulcan ears my Dad had found for me. I have fond memories with those ears on, and even learned how to raise my left eyebrow in a perfect imitation of Mr. Nimoy's. 

All these years later it's still fun talking to some of those same friends, and sharing very Human laughter while under a pair of Vulcan ears. It may not be very logical, but it's a lot of fun.

🖖 LLAP,

John 

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The Mandalorian Helmet - More Than Expected!

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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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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.

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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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