Vader:Best Inner robe/cape materials?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by TazVader, Dec 30, 2005.

  1. TazVader

    TazVader Sr Member

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    G'day Folks,

    I was just wondering if anyone could help me with a few questions. I am looking into having my inner robes and cape made. What's the best materials? Of course I'm having the satin lining but what to use? I've heard wool is good but very heavey & hot. Also that it's hard to maintain and creases really bad with wear. I am probably interested in a wool/polyester blend then? Anyone care to relate some experiences?

    A vendor I'm talking to uses garvardine(alpacuna) 8oz. They make bobba fett suits and pilot coveralls out of it I believe. He said it looks goo and doesn't get too hot. Anyone? Best ideas? Pics?

    Basically I am after something that is long wearing...doesn't crease to badly and looks the biz. I wanna pass 501st entry criteria too. I understand the original costume used something called crepe? But I heard it isn't that great?

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  2. DARTH ANIBAL

    DARTH ANIBAL Sr Member

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    Vader is not the best costume if you're worried about not getting too hot :lol Anyways, I went with 100% wool and I'm not having any problems. It's "suit" wool if you know what I mean, not "blanket" wool. It has a nice weight, feel, and drape to it and it flows nicely when you walk. My 501st garrison doesn't seem to have a problem with it either.
     
  3. KevVader

    KevVader Sr Member

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    ....here are pics from darthjones...supposedly of the original ANH cape....fabric looks like a very heavy gaberdine.....

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  4. lambotour

    lambotour Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm not sure on the fabric, but there is no seam line under the leather collar on the screen used vader cape. Unless there was more than one used that had it. ;)

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  5. darthjones

    darthjones Well-Known Member

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    Funny - when asked about this particular Vader cape I pointed out to them that there was no seam line in the photos, just like you say.

    I was told that this cape, a little narrower than the others - just a half circle when layed out - was used for the ANH lightsaber fight.

    Who knows - but it did have the Burmans and Nathans tag on the inside and veryfied from them and all that. Was auctioned off last year for 30 thousand dollars or so along with the tunic.

    The material seemed to be right though and very similar to the ROTJ hero cape that I saw. Not the same, but similar with the lines in it.
     
  6. KevVader

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    $30K????.......incredible.......I suspect that there were different patterns used for the myriad of capes used in the OT.
     
  7. darthjones

    darthjones Well-Known Member

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    Could have even been $60,000.00. It was something huge.
     

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