Designing costumes for the Star Wars franchise seems like a dream job, but Michael Kaplan is ready for the challenge.
The costume designer has stepped on the great shoes of the late John Mollo, who won the Academy Awards for his work in the original trilogy. Kaplan spoke about his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi which continues with a 'back to basics' approach. to the appearance of the characters.
"The old movies looked at Japan," Kaplan explained to the New York Times. "The original costume designers looked at a lot of ninja clothes, they looked west, and they looked at [World War II] and a little at [World War I]I went to the same sources as them, I did not want to reinvent Star Wars, I wanted to hug him and update him "
When asked about his favorite design, Kaplan revealed that he preferred the crimson guards of Supreme Leader Snoke.
"Praetorian Guard, we watched the muscle cars of the 50s. The suits had to be in doubles that fought a lot," Kaplan said. "They use weapons and they need to have a full range of movement, and if these guys fall, you do not want the armor to break, and the helmets seem to have no way of seeing them, but actually there are tiny slots, and they can see very well. Very samurai, very Japanese, but very clean, very Star Wars ".
He also had the challenge of creating the newest appearance of Leia Organa, which ended up being his final design in a Star Wars movie. after the death of Carrie Fisher.
"He commented everything, but every time he spoke, they laughed," Kaplan said. "He referred to his disguise in [ The Force Awakens ] as his costume at the Sunoco service station." For The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson wanted it to look more regal. really lovely letter from him, which says, "You made her look beautiful with these costumes for her final film." It meant a lot.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now playing everywhere.