Among the multitude of fascinating things about Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the characters' costumes. They speak not only of the characters' personalities but their colorful histories. Being the standout female lead in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it's interesting to know the details behind Rey's (Daisy Ridley) costume.
After all, costume designer Michael Kaplan was nominated at the CDG (Costume Designers Guild) for his Star Wars: The Force Awakens designs.
Kaplan spoke with Clothes on Film right after Christmas, but it's only now that the wardrobe-focused website has published their insightful conversation with one of the best in the business.
First things first, Rey's backstory and environment.
My job is to delineate characters based on information in the script. I took all the clues of her character (she is poor, she works as a scavenger, her work requires agility, climbing, she lives in a hot and bright desert climate, where the nights are probably cool, there are possibly sand storms, she rides a speeder). I took this information and from it I created elements of wardrobe appropriate to her character.
Kaplan then thought of how Rey's outfit will be appropriate for the trials that awaited her.
It was important to me that everything on her body was there for a reason and not adornment. Her arms are wrapped for protection whilst climbing in wreckages, the long gauze crosspiece she wears can be used for climbing or wrapped around her face during dust storms, her head wrap is actually a jumper with long sleeves wrapped around her head; it keeps the sand out of her hair and is useful on chilly desert nights. The light colours are appropriate for the desert heat. The homemade goggles (made from old, scavenged Stormtrooper ‘eyes') protect her eyes from dust, sand and sunlight on her speeder rides.
Finally, the colors. Apparently, Rey's costume isn't just because it's the color of Jakku, her desert home planet, it's the color of rebellion, among anything else.
I created two definite colour palate and fabric-type divisions which I think clearly clarifies. The New Order colours are cold; black, shades of grey, teal blue and of course, white. The fabrics are polished wools, nylon and synthetics. The silhouettes are extremely heroic and hard-edged; think 1980s Theirry Mugler. The Rebel colour palate is earth tones; olive drab, rust, tan, ochre and shades of brown. The fabrics are natural; cotton, boiled wool, linen. The uniforms are rumpled and broken down.
Every costume in Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been carefully crafted to fit each character perfectly.
I must say I never thought Rey's outfit to be the color of rebellion, but it is pretty cool. I wouldn't mind wearing it myself if I were to live in Jakku, fight off stormtroopers, fly the Millenium Falcon and save the day from Kylo Ren.
I'm excited to see what Rey will be wearing when Star Wars: Episode VIII comes out on May 26, 2017. No doubt she'll have developed stronger Jedi powers and a better sense of style to boot.