We’re big nostalgia geeks so an hour long panel that talked about old clothes was right up our alley for the Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy panel earlier today at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim.

The hour was spent talking about the contents of the book by the same name and going into some of the stories behind the costumes, design, development of the looks seen in the classic films.

JW Rinsler, Executive Editor for Lucas Film, was the host who along with Author Brandon Alinger and Editor Delia Greve went over some of the details to be found in the new book they released about the original triology costumes.

Some of the highlights included:

  • Concept sketches and photography of original film-used pieces.
  • Berman’s & Nathans costume shop was a major supplier of the costumes for the film
  • George Lucas’ direction points for costumes were to have familiar but unique costumes that didn’t distract.
  • Lucas insisted a unique feel for the costumes arguing that things like zippers and buttons were design solutions that were too specific to Earth.
  • For the Imperial Officer costumes, a perfect set of military tunics were found however they had large prominent buttons as part of the design and Berman’s & Nathan’s would not let production remove the buttons. As such, custom Imperial Officer costumes were created that were reminiscent!