The team at Prince Armory makes hand crafted costumes, armor, and just about everything from leather. They’ve created some unique and creative costumes, including medieval takes on characters like Aquaman and Loki. Most recently, they took a medieval approach to Darth Vader from Star Wars. The components were mostly made from 10 ounce premium veg tanned leather and were cut, dyed, and detailed by hand. It started with a design on paper and those sketches were followed by a more three dimensional design on a duct tape mannequin. The finished product is, as Darth Vader would say, impressive. Most impressive.
Here are some of their notes on the design:
Conceptually this was a very challenging project. When you work on a very iconic character you have to think long and hard about how much liberty you want to take with the design. On one hand you don’t want it to play it too safe and have it a borderline carbon copy; that would be boring. And on the other you don’t want to go so far it is no longer recognizable or make design decisions that puts the fan base up in arms.
So I settled on trying to capture a number of the design elements within the classic Vader such as the banding patterns and many design lines, and then expanded into the fantasy realm with the red inlays and articulated armor designs.
The design scheme overall is of course very alternate universe. Ultimately I was going for a blend of Sci-Fi, Medieval, and Mystical Fantasy.
Learn more about the work that went into this costume at Prince Armory’s website.