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John Mollo dies at 86
    2017-October-30  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

JOHN MOLLO, the costume designer who brought to life Ralph McQuarrie and George Lucas’ conceptual vision for “Star Wars,” has died. He was 86.

A military history expert, Mollo had never seen a science-fiction film before agreeing to meet with Lucas, who was planning his third feature after his Oscar-nominated “American Graffiti” (1973).

“We discussed a few concepts when I joined the team, and George had a clear vision of what he was looking for. He liked the idea of the baddies having a fascist look about them, with the heroes reflecting the look of heroes of the American Wild West,” he told www.starwarshelmets.com.

With McQuarrie’s sketches and a meager budget of US$1,173 for one costume, the London-born Mollo began shaping and fine-tuning Darth Vader’s image through his knowledge of World War I trench armor and Nazi helmets, ultimately creating the look of one of cinema’s most memorable villains. His military influence is also visible in the regalia worn by the crew of the Death Star.

“Star Wars” went on to become the highest-grossing film of 1977 and received 10 Oscar nominations (and a Special Achievement award). Mollo won for best costume design.

“As you see, the costumes from ‘Star Wars’ are really not so much costumes as a bit of plumbing and general automobile engineering,” he said upon receiving his Oscar, flanked by his creations of Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Stormtroopers.

Mollo won a second Academy Award in 1983 for his work on Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” (he shared the award with Bhanu Athaiya, the first Indian to win).

His military knowledge first came in handy as an adviser on “Nicholas and Alexandra” (1971) and “Barry Lyndon” (1975) — both collected Oscars for costume design.

After the success of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,” Mollo’s next film was another science fiction blockbuster: “Alien” (1979). Mollo created used and well-worn clothing for the crew of the Nostromo on their long return trip to Earth as well as designing the patches and emblems emblazoned across their suits.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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