Ridley Scott‘s 1982 sci-fi classic of Blade Runner is more than just a cinematic masterpiece famously known for its impeccable art direction of the futuristic 2019 Los Angeles as well as its intriguing yet humanistic blend of science fiction and film noir.
The original movie is equally memorable for Michael Kaplan and Charles Knode‘s retro-futuristic costumes that inspired the fashion world even until today. The most recent example came from Raf Simons‘ Blade Runner-like Spring/Summer 2018 collection.
Renée April (Sicario, Arrival), who is tasked to design the costumes for Blade Runner 2049, aware about living up to the original’s iconic look.
“You have no idea how many sketches I did of crazy stuff in the beginning,” she explained via The New York Times.
For the menswear look in Blade Runner 2049, the signature piece for Ryan Gosling‘s Officer K character is the custom-made black leather coat with a shearling collar. According to April, the coat was actually made of a laminated cotton fabric and painted over before construction to make it “indestructible” so “the rain would not kill it”.
As for Jared Leto‘s Niander Wallace character, he is given a kimono-like robe inspired by production designer Dennis Gassner‘s “so zen, so pure” sets.
“I wanted something you almost don’t notice,” said April. “I wouldn’t say that I was going to dress him [Jared Leto] like Steve Jobs, (but he probably) wears a new one every day… like a uniform.”
Blade Runner 2049 opens tomorrow in local cinemas nationwide.