Costume Designer John Mollo Profiled

StarWars.com Team | April 7, 2008

Our friends at Lightsabre.co.uk have posted a rare interview with Star Wars costume designer John Mollo about his work. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

Which of the myriad Star Wars characters do you feel the most affinity for?

I find I am very self-critical when I see my work on the screen. In Star Wars I was quite pleased with the officers, guards, pilots, ground crew etc, both Imperial and Rebels, for which we had no input from the States, especially with the Imperial officers. In Empire, I thought the Snowtroopers worked pretty well.

You were instrumental in designing two of the most iconic characters in motion picture history, Darth Vader and the stormtroopers. How do you feel about the impact that Vader has had on popular culture? And the stormtroopers have spawned a large number of offspring, with Snowtroopers, Biker Scouts, Clonetroopers and the rest. How do you feel about the evolution of those designs and the way that Ralph McQuarrie’s work and yours have blended into today’s characters?

I am not really surprised at Darth Vader’s popularity. Audiences always like a really fearsome villain, and he is certainly that. As far as the others go it seems to me that they are the only ones that carry on the style from the first films. As George Lucas has himself admitted, he deliberately changed his ideas on how the costumes in the new films should look, and they are certainly different. Generally speaking, in film design, shortages of budget and preparation time concentrate the mind wonderfully. But obviously there were no such constraints the second time around.

Read the full interview here:
The Lightsabre Interview: John Mollo

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Be sure to also check out our interviews with past designers from the hit TV reality show “Project Runway” who have quite a few nice things to say about the work of costume designers John Mollo and Trisha Biggar here: Project Runway: Style Wars

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