John Mollo, 1931 – 2017

Costume designer John Mollo died October 25, at the age of 86. Before becoming a costume designer, Mollo specialized in historical military uniforms, and wrote several books on the topic. He acted as an historical advisor on films including  The Charge of the Light Brigade and Barry Lyndon.

His first costume design job was for 1977’s  Star Wars. Darth Vader’s costume was inspired by a combination of World War 1 trench armour, and Nazi helmets. Mollo was awarded the Oscar for best costume design in 1977 for Star Wars, and again received an Oscar for best costume design in 1983 for Gandhi. Mollo also created the costumes for Alien, Cry Freedom, Chaplin and The Empire Strikes Back.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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