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There’s a grand tradition of Star Wars costume design that runs right back to the original trilogy of John Mollo and Aggie Guerard Rodgers, the sumptuous prequel designs of Trisha Biggar and the sequel trilogy work of Michael Kaplan.

A rich legacy indeed, but after J.J. Abrams convinced Kaplan – who had already done a fine job of updating the classic 60’s Starfleet design for Abrams 2009 movie – to join the galaxy far, far away, Kathleen Kennedy upped the ante.

“She asked me to stay and do the other two films. I made thousands of costumes. The creatures would be designed and then come to me to get their costumes as well, which was remarkable. All different shapes and sizes. It wasn’t typical pattern-making!”