Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy


Get Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy book on the 28th of this month!


By Brandon Alinger  Forewords by John Mollo, Aggie Rogers & Nilo Rodis-Jamero
Photographs by Joseph McDonald
9½ x 12¾ in  226 pp  Hardcover  ISBN: 9781452138053

Who can forget the first time Darth Vader marched onto Princess Leia’s ship in his
enigmatic black mask and cape? Or the moment when Leia pulled back her hood to
reveal the face of a young princess in grave danger? The costumes of the original Star
Wars trilogy were memorable, be it the well-worn armor of bounty hunter Boba Fett, the
imposing presence of a line of faceless Stormtroopers, or Leia’s outfit as Jabba’s slave.
These costumes—like so many that adorned the characters of the galaxy far, far away—
have become iconic. In Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy, for the first time, the
Lucasfilm Archives has granted full access to the original costumes of A New Hope, The
Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, allowing them to be revealed in never-beforeseen
detail. This lavishly illustrated volume pairs all-new photography with original sketches
and artwork by Ralph McQuarrie, John Mollo, and Nilo Rodis-Jamero, and new interviews
with the costume designers, fabricators and dressers.


This intimate look features each iconic costume—from Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han
Solo and Princess Leia to Stormtroopers, bounty hunters, rebel pilots, C-3PO, R2-D2, and
Imperial officers—in rare, unprecedented views showcasing the materials, fabrics, and
expert craftsmanship that both new and long-time Star Wars fans will appreciate and

About the Authors
Self-described “movie prop aficionado,” Brandon Alinger is currently the Chief Operating
Officer of the Los Angeles Branch of The Prop Store. Alinger lives and works in the Los
Angeles area.

John Mollo began his career as a uniform and military historian. He made his debut as a
costume designer on the original Star Wars (Episode IV A New Hope), for which he won the
first of two Academy Awards®. He went on to create the costume designs for Star Wars:
Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Alien, and Gandhi, among others. Mollo has also served
as a military and historical advisor on many films. He lives outside Oxford in England.

Fresh out of school, Aggie Rodgers signed on as the costume designer for George Lucas’
American Graffiti and subsequently teamed up with him for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of
the Jedi. She has worked in the industry for over forty years on numerous films, including
The Conversation, The Rainmaker, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Fugitive, Peewee’s
Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, and The Color Purple—for which she received an
Academy Award® nomination. Rogers is a long-time resident of San Francisco.

During his nearly thirty-year career in the film industry, Nilo Rodis-Jamero served as the
assistant art director and concept artist on Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back as
well as a costume designer for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. He’s worked as a
visual effects art director, producer, and production designer on such films as Raiders of
the Lost Ark, Poltergeist, Alice in Wonderland (2010), and several of the original Star Trek
movies. Rodis-Jamero lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Head photographer for The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for over twenty-five years,
Joseph McDonald recently created Digital Grange (, a studio devoted
to working with artists, collectors, and museums. His clients include Chronicle Books, Pixar,
and Lucasfilm. He currently lives in Petaluma, California.

About Chronicle Books
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