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Facts about the Costumes in Star Wars The Force Awakens

We attended a press event as a guest of Disney


The costumes in the upcoming film “Star Wars the Force Awakens” are amazing. I had a unique opportunity to see the costumes from the film at a recent Star Wars “super secret” press event. I was in awe of the detail that went into every stitch to make the costumes that play a key role in bringing the film to life.

While at the press conference, we had a once in a lifetime opportunity to talk with J.J Abrams who told us, “There are so many cool – and many of you have not seen at all, costumes that are extraordinary.” The most difficult costume to design for J.J. Abrams along with Michael Kaplan, the costumer designer, was Kylo Ren. When it came to creating Kylo Ren’s costume, J.J. Abrams told us, “the design of Kylo Ren was the most difficult one and when we finally saw the mask in the beginning of that design, it was really instantly clear that was the winner, and I’m very grateful to Michael and his whole amazing team.”


The costumes appear so delicate and we asked the actors, “How long did it take to get into costume?”

Daily Ridley: “Twenty minutes. Does that seem long or short?” She continued to say, “Well, ‘cause putting the arms things on and everything takes a while, and the wraps and everything. Had a wonderful woman called Callie helping me.”

Adam Driver: “The first time took like an hour and a half. Then we got it down to like 20 minutes.”

Lupita Nyong’o: “In the beginning it took like two and half hours, maybe three. And then by the end we had it down to about an hour or an hour 15.”

lawrence Kasdan: “Show up ready to go.”

Carrie Fisher: “About 10 minutes for the 20. I’m older and I do it faster. No, really, 20 minutes. I have a kind of classy gas station attendant look.”

The details..the details. There is so much details to the costumes, and we have every little detail of what materials were used to make the costumes for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”


First Order FlameTrooper

Specialized StormTroopers of the First Order. Flametroopers carry incendiary weapons that can transform any battlefield into an infernal blaze.

  • Helmet and Armor – molded polyurethane
  • Undersuit – cotton lycra
  • Gussets – molded rubber and cotton lycra
  • Collar – neoprene and rubber
  • Belt – rubber
  • Gloves – molded polyurethane, leather and cotton
  • Boots – leather
  • Backpack and Gun – 3D print with aluminum metal work


Captain Phasma

  • Helmet – Chrome vacuum-plated 3D printed nylon
  • Cape – Cotton canvas and painted with binder
  • Armor – Chrome vacuum-plated molded polyurethane
  • Undersuit – Cotton lycra
  • Gussets – Molded rubber and cotton lycra
  • Collar – Neoprene and rubber
  • Belt – Rubber
  • Gloves – Chrome painted 3D printed fingers over leather
  • Boots – Chrome vacuum-plated polyurethane armor over leather


First Order SnowTrooper

The latest generation of cold weather assault Stormtroopers. Snowtroopers wear advanced insulated armor and helmets that reduce the glare of icy terrain.

  • Helmet, Armor, and Backpack – molded polyurethane
  • Quilted Tunic – polyester, jersey-backed neoprene, and cotton
  • Collar – jersey-backed neoprene
  • Gloves – molded polyurethane and nylon
  • Boots – nylon



  • Underdress – Slub silk teal blue
  • Sleeveless Overrobe – textured silk/linen teal blue with shaped yoke



  • Jacket – Newbuck brown
  • Shirt – Cotton nylon polyester – Ecru
  • Trousers – Dark brown cotton
  • Boots – Brown leather
  • Belt – Brown leather


Kylo Ren

  • Helmet – molded polyurethane
  • Top coat – black weave coated cotton
  • Mid coat – wool
  • Under tunic – cotton
  • Trousers – denim
  • Gloves – leather
  • Boots – leather


“We went through I don’t know how many hundreds and probably thousands of iterations and different versions, and one of the great things about that was, over the course of that, the costume for Captain Phasma was designed, that was actually pitched as a Kylo Ren costume originally, and for story reasons it didn’t make sense and didn’t work, but we suddenly realized, oh my god, this is one of the greatest-looking costumes I’ve ever seen. And he/then she became one of my favorite characters in the movie.” ~ J.J. Abrams

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrives in theaters everywhere on December 18th!

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