Thursday, February 18, 2016

Kylo Ren and more Star Wars: The Force Awakens film costumes on display...

Episode VIII may have just started filming, but there's still so much to enjoy from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, like a closer look at these six costumes from the box office smash on display at the FIDM Museum in Downtown L.A. on February 12, 2016.

Original Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie costumes
Star Wars Force Awakens costume exhibit FIDM Museum
Star Wars Force Awakens movie costumes
Star Wars Force Awakens film costumes
Original Star Wars Force Awakens costumes
At Disney's D23 Expo and at cinemas around the time of the movie's release I've been lucky to already see several Michael Kaplan's costume designs from Star Wars: The Force Awakens on display, but this mini exhibit also features Adam Driver's 'Kylo Ren' costume, John Boyega's Stormtrooper costume with his bloodied helmet and some lesser known background character costumes helping to populate the Star Wars Universe.

Kylo Ren Star Wars Awakens Disneyland billboard
Kylo Ren Star Wars Awakens Disneyland billboard
Set thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi, 'Kylo Ren' is the son of 'Han Solo' and 'Princess Leia' who has been seduced to the Dark Side of the Force by 'Supreme Leader Snoke' and serves his First Order.

Kylo Ren costume worn by Adam Driver
in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Kylo Ren costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Kylo Ren costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Kylo Ren mask Star Wars Force Awakens
Kylo Ren film costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Kylo Ren's sinister masked look is obviously an homage to his grandfather, 'Darth Vader'.

Be sure to also check out costumes worn by Han Solo and General Leia Organa in the movie.

Captain Phasma costume worn by Gwendoline Christie
in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Captain Phasma costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Star Wars Force Awakens Captain Phasma costume
Also on display in the exhibit is Gwendoline Christie's chrome-armoured and caped First Order Stormtrooper command costume.

Be sure to check out Captain Phasma's costume in more detail when it was on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema. Confirmed to be returning, let's hope her character gets to see more action in future installments.

Finn's FN-2187 Stormtrooper costume worn by John Boyega
in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Finn FN-2187 Stormtrooper costume Star Wars Force Awakens
FN-2187 Stormtrooper costume Star Wars Force Awakens
I've seen other First Order Stormtrooper costumes on display, but it's cool to see this suit worn by John Boyega as the reluctant soldier, 'FN-2187'. The bloody hand smear on his helmet was a nice way of making his Stormtrooper stand out from the rest when they attack the Jakku village at the start of the movie.

Rey costume worn by Daisy Ridley
in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rey movie costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Star Wars Force Awakens costumes
Star Wars Force Awakens Rey headdress mask
Star Wars Force Awakens Rey costume detail
Star Wars Force Awakens Rey film costume
I've seen the movie at the cinema three times so far and still think Daisy Ridley's 'Rey' costume is an instant classic. The headdress and goggles are practical for scavenging on the desert planet of Jakku and it evokes the look of the Tusken Raiders/Sand People of the original Star Wars. I also love the fact it's feminine, but not exploitative.

Jashco Phurus costume from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Jashco Phurus costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Star Wars Force Awakens Jashco Phurus movie costume
Star Wars Force Awakens Jashco Phurus costume
Star Wars Force Awakens film costumes
Star Wars Force Awakens Jashco Phurus costume detail
Next up is one of the lesser known background character costumes which help to create the diverse alien-inhabited Star Wars Universe. According to the exhibit signage this diminutive character is called 'Jashco Phurus' and looks like a mashup of a Jawa and Tusken Raider.

Avga Rosene costume from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Avga Rosene costume Star Wars Force Awakens
Star Wars Force Awakens Avga Rosene costume
Star Wars Force Awakens Avga Rosene costume
'Avga Rosene' is another example, and I can't tell without seeing the film again whether these aliens are from Jakku or the menagerie of creatures from Maz Kanata's Castle. It's background characters which often take on a life of their own with fans (remember all those cool looking Bounty Hunters from The Empire Strikes Back), and it was cool to see some outlandish costume designs from outside of the main cast.

If you like these Star Wars outfits, be sure to check out more of Michael Kaplan's costume designs from varied films like Burlesque, the Star Trek movie reboots, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice to name but a few.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie billboard
Star Wars Force Awakens movie billboard
Buy a Kylo Ren fancy dress costume: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Adult Kylo Ren Costume,Multi,X-Large

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