Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976,
Lot 56
Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame,
Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976,
£ 100,000 - 150,000
US$ 130,000 - 190,000

Lot Details
Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976, Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame, Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976,
Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope: John Mollo's personal sketchbook Notes & Sketches 1, a custom bound volume containing important and detailed working sketches and costume designs for many of the characters from the film Star Wars, together with production diary entries, meeting notes, time-lines and costume descriptions, the majority in black ink, some with colour; additionally the volume contains working for numerous military uniform designs for books, commercials and additional projects Mollo worked on during this time frame,
Lucasfilm / Twentieth Century Fox, April 1975 - July 1976,
John Mollo's personal handwritten costume design manuscript and diary covering the period of April 1975 to July 1976 including the production of George Lucas' Star Wars released in 1977, the first film John Mollo was employed as Costume Designer for, the volume of 450 pages with approximately 180 pages devoted to the Lucasfilm Ltd / Twentieth Century Fox production, detailed and broken down sketches and workings for the majority of characters featured in Episode IV A New Hope, with notes and drawings in black ink, these include; 'Darth Vader', 'Luke Skywalker', 'Han Solo', 'Princess Leia', 'Obi-Wan "Ben" Kenobi', 'Chewbacca', 'Biggs Darklighter', 'Tusken Raider', 'Stormtroopers', 'Jawas', 'Cantina Aliens', 'Imperial Guards and Gunners', 'Tie Fighter Pilots', 'Rebel Fighter Pilots' and others; with in-depth designs of belts, fastenings, helmets, insignia and footwear, key costume pages and designs include;

Page 180 - An early concept sketch for 'Han Solo', in pen and ink with annotations in Mollo's hand Jersey or shirt, utility belt, gun holster.
Page 215 - Early concept sketches for 'Han Solo' and 'Princess Leia' (2).
Pages 216-217 - An initial concept sketch for 'Darth Vader' including a breakdown of key soft/hard parts (helmet, armour, chest detailing etc.)
Page 217 - Three sketches for Imperial Officers and guards, in ink and coloured pen, with additional workings for head and helmet attire.
Pages 222-223 - Detailed pen and ink belt designs each titled in Mollo's hand; Owen shoulder belt, Imperial officers and guards, Luke, Ben, Han, Chewbacca and Darth Vader.
Pages 230–233 - Three further pages of illustrations detailing the design of 'Darth Vader's' costume, including trousers, jackets and overlays with a complete sketch of the villain with helmet.
Page 233 - A large sketch of 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' in colour pencil, front and profile designs.
Page 240 - A pen and ink sketch of 'Chewbacca' with side profile drawings of his head.
Page 247 - Colour pencil drawings of an assortment of 18 aliens for the Cantina bar scene.
Page 249 - A draft pencil sketch of 'Luke Skywalker', a side sketch of 'Rebel Fleet Trooper' helmet with side comms-box/antenna, together with a detailed black ink and graphite sketch of 'Darth Vader', with a breakdown of his helmet annotated in Mollo's hand These drawings added in 2005 initialled JM.
Pages 250-251 - Feature designs for the 'Rebel X-Wing Pilot' helmet and further designs for the 'Rebel Fleet Trooper' helmet seen during the opening scenes aboard the 'Rebel Tantive IV' craft.
Pages 294-295 - A double page of over 20 pen and ink sketches of 'Princess Leia' in her diplomatic hooded gown, documenting how the dress would look from various angles and poses.
Page 309 - A full page black ink design for an 'Imperial Sandtrooper' (the 'Stormtrooper' variant required for the films 'Tatooine' scenes filmed in Tunisia), showing the parts of the costume including the helmet shoulder pauldron, webbing and proposed back-pack for the sand troopers in Tunisia.
Pages 352-353 – Two pages featuring six coloured pencil near-final designs for Rebel crew including; 'X-Wing Pilots', 'Fleet Troopers', 'Ground Crew' and 'Ancillary Rebels'.
Pages 360-361 - A double page of detailed sketches of 'Imperial Death Star Gunner', together with over 20 designs for the Imperial Insignia (which would ultimately become the Imperial "Cog" emblem).

The sketch book is interspersed with diary notes for forthcoming pre-production meetings with George Lucas, studio days at Elstree, costume meetings during filming, and general costings, pages of interest include;
Page 194 - Titled 'Bermans and Nathans' in Mollo's hand, with a list of costume styles for certain characters:
1. Peasant Type Costumes (Russo-Japanese),
a) Luke, b) Ben Kenobi, c) Uncle Lars, d) Aunt Beru,
2. Western/US Cavalry/Motorcycle Type,
a) Han Solo, b) Rebel Officers, c) Luke, d) Fixer and Friends,
3. Nazi Type uniforms/armour/cloaks,
a) Darth Vader, b) Imperial Pilots (sic), c) Rebel Troops,
4. Space Technology,
a) Imperial Pilots, b) Rebel Pilots,
5. Ladies mock medieval/Tarzan Type, a)Leia 6. Semi-monsters + weirdies[sic] and armour,
a) Jawas, b) Tuskan Raiders, c) Pirates, 7. Monsters,
a) Chewbacca, b)
[indistinct]

Page 208 - Detailed meeting notes in Mollo's hand...with George Lucas discussing the key character costumes, dated 7-01-1976:
1. Luke Starkiller [working name for Luke Skywalker]– moccasin boots...Japanese shirt...long sleeves...light colours
2. Han Solo – t-shirt ...pullover...leather waistcoat
3. Ben Kenobi – monklike brown hooded cloak...contrast of light and dark
4. Biggs – black Russian shirt...baggytrousers...field grey cape
5. Rebels + Generals – commander type look, Russian tunics, helicopter pilot helmets
6. Imperialists – different uniforms, must be well cut...guards helmets like US helmets
;

Page 214 - Shows Mollo's costume process flowchart [as illustrated in the catalogue], an example being: -Read script-Costume breakdown- prepare budget/Sketches/ prototypes/research- finalise designs and stock- make helmets, masks, belts/make costumes Bermans/make Stormtroopers- pack and send to Tunisia- shooting
Page 241 - Showing Mollo's month planner for February 1976, a key month for the production given the need to complete many of the costumes, including the somewhat-rushed 'Stormtrooper's' - all of which were needed in time for the 18th March "freight-day" when they were due to be shipped to Tunisia for the Tatooine scenes.
Pages 244-245 - List progress of all principal characters including costumes the then as-yet uncast 'Luke Skywalker' role (Mark Hamill), plus agenda points for one of Mollo's production meetings with George Lucas.
Page 254 - A listing of costume armour and helmet quantities required (ultimately provided by 3rd party vac-former Shepperton Design Studios in Twickenham) with initial draft budget - Imperial Stormtroopers white 50, Imperial Starpilot black 15, Imperial Troops MK 1 (cheese grater) 25, Imperial Troops MK II (with face visor) 25, Rebel Pilots with movable eye shields 50, Rebel Troops MK I (2 plates) 50, Rebel Troops MK II (2 plates long neck) 50, Rebel Troops MK III (USA communications) 25 with later amendments to numbers required and costings.
Page 258 - Lists belts, gun holsters and bandoleers required for Tunisia shoot for characters including; 'Luke Skywalker', 'Ben Kenobi', 'Han Solo' and 'Chewbacca'. Includes Luke's friends, Fixer, Deak and Windy, for early scenes set on Tatooine, which although filmed were ultimately cut prior to the films final release.
Page 276 - A comprehensive list of all characters and costs for all costume Mollo was asked to design ranging from 50 for a Head Jawa, 550 Darth Vader black leather motorcycle outfit, 500 Leia ceremonial dress, 350 Luke star fighter suit, [currency is not stipulated]. Page 291 - A page of diary entries from 23rd February – 19th March documenting daily meetings with Bermans & Nathans, Art Department, George Lucas, Bapty's, shopping trips, Prop meetings, Andrew studio [Andrew Ainsworth] ending Get to Tunisia.

Additional research approximately 20 pages for the Seven Years War, possibly used for Barry Lyndon; black ink military costume sketches with coloured pencil detail for Officers, Grenadiers, Sergeants, Riflemen, Gunners, Corporals, Musketeers and others; notes for various commercials; TV productions Anna Karenina, TV commercials including one for 'Hamlet Cigars', workings for books and other professional and personal projects, the journal of 450 pages measures 14.25in x 9.5in (36cm x 24 cm) pages 181-362 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Footnotes

  • This important workbook includes hand drawn and occasionally coloured character designs and artwork for the main characters, many based on George Lucas instructions and Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston's original production illustrations and designs. The notes and sketches were John Mollo's personal account of his design process. Taking George Lucas' vision and creating workable and durable costumes. It was vital for Lucas that Star Wars looked unlike any other sci-fi film. He wanted his characters to reflect light and dark. He did not want the over-dramatic costumes or anything too fanciful. While Mollo confessed that he had very little experience or understanding of the science-fiction genre, previously only working on film productions as a consultant for historical military accuracy, this was to be his advantage. Lucas wanted a more regimented look for The Star Wars, as the film was originally titled. Who better to bring this to life than a military costume expert who had little understanding or regard for fantasy film apparel. While there is drama created by the sinister 'Darth Vader' and monochrome 'Stormtroopers', comedy and quirks from 'C-3PO' and 'R2-D2' and extraterritorial imaginings in the form of the 'Cantina Alien rabble', they are set against regimented German inspired Imperial guards and Generals letting the audience focus on the sets, fight scene and spaceship models. The protagonists 'Luke Skywalker', 'Han Solo', 'Princess Leia' and 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' all wear relatively simple understated costumes based on peasants, cowboys, medieval and monk attire. Contradictory to how they are viewed now, which is as some of the most iconic film wardrobe ingrained in Hollywood film history.

    This important manuscript helps to show the production workings for putting these principles into practice. John Mollo's draftsmenship is seen in his breaking down of key costume elements, working out shapes and how practically these are to be put into motion. He scoured costumiers Bermans & Nathans collection of military uniforms and costume for hire to find the basics for many of the characters. As he elaborates 'For Darth Vader I had to go to three departments: the ecclesiastical department for a robe, the modern department for a motorcycle suit and the military department for a (Second World War) German helmet and gas mask. We cobbled it all together and there was Darth Vader.' This was the start of a very arduous process for the art department's Brian Muir, together with John Barry's input, who was given Mollo's design and tasked with making Vader's helmet come to life. This was also later in the design schedule and as such he only had time to produce a single concept. Thankfully George Lucas approved and a single costume and helmet were made for filming.

    Serving also as Mollo's personal production and development diary the volume contains detailed meeting notes with the films development team including Producer/Director/Writer George Lucas, along with budgets and costume groupings. The fundamental themes for the main characters, Imperialists and Rebels were discussed. It was from this that Mollo began the costume design and production process. Extensive diary planning and liaison with other departments and teams is also well documented.

    Provenance:
    From The John Mollo Archive

    Literature:
    COTTA VAZ, Mark & HATA, Shinii The Star Wars Archives, (Virgin Books), 1995
    TITELMAN, Carol The Art Of Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope, (Titan Books), 1994
    ALINGER, Brandon Star Wars Costumes, The Original Trilogy, (Titan Books), 2015

    For more images from the sketchbook, please contact the department.
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An Introduction by Louise Mollo

John was born to two artists. His mother, Ella, a portrait artist and his father, Eugene, a Russian émigré, met at the Royal Collage of art and married soon after. Eugene's first job was with the Ballet Russe as an artist; two of his designs are in the V& A Museum. However, with the birth of their first child, John, in 1931, he needed a steadier career than that of a struggling painter and spent the rest of the decade creating innovative designs for the new cinemas now springing up all over the country. With the outbreak of war he was given a commission with the Camouflage Corps based in Farnham Castle.

At home, and now with three sons, he spent much of his time making, painting and battling with lead soldiers, just as he had done with his own brothers in Russia before the Revolution swept their lives away. By the time John had left school he was something of an established authority on military history. Uniforms had become a part of his life and even when presented with a period with which he was unfamiliar it didn't take him long to iron out its mysteries. He fell in love with films at the age of six when he was taken to see Clive of India. He came away from the cinema vowing that he would spend his adult life making films just like it and, to prove that he could, the following day he sat down and made a detailed and coloured drawing of George II (entitled Gorge II) wearing a scarlet uniform with sash of the Garter and buckled shoes, standing next to a pump with water running onto cobbled paving. However, he would have to wait a little longer till his ambitions could be fulfilled.

After Charterhouse, a commission in the Light Infantry and Farnham Art School, he joined his father's firm but finally he got his chance when in 1965, whilst his brother Andrew was fully occupied on Dr. Zhivago, a call came for one of the family to go to the help of Woodfall's latest venture, The Charge of The Light Brigade. It was John who answered the call, leaving a job to which he never returned. The Charge was finally finished in 1967. The following year he worked on The Adventures of Gerard, Nicholas and Alexandra in 1970/71 and Kubrick 's great epic, Barry Lyndon two years later. He finally made the jump from Historical Advisor, where he did the work but never got the credit, to Costume Designer in 1975 on a small science fiction movie where "one of the chief characters was a dustbin" and the rest, as they say, is history.

As children the Mollo boys, as their father before them, loved the works of the French writer and illustrator of children's' history books, JOB, and if John could try to reproduce the spirit of JOB on a film he did. On Barry Lyndon he got his chance and later, of course, The Three Musketeers. He had a large library of books on painters and the artistry of Wright of Derby, John Singleton Copley, George Dawe, the German artist Caspar Friedrich and countless others figured in his work.

All films presented challenges, but King David was unique for there was no visual reference to the Israelites of the period at all. After the unfortunate episode of the golden calf in the desert all graven images had been strictly off limits with the result that the only known representation of a soldier was on a Hittite stele and without detail. However, one of John's favourite painters, James Tissot, had illustrated both Old and New Testaments – and with delight he turned to it for inspiration. John's drawings for the film were accepted without alteration except with one strict proviso. There were to be no men seen in the film wearing earrings. Tissot's men of the period had all worn earrings. The film was shot on location in Italy and the rushes from the first day's shooting were duly sent off to America. Neither then nor at any other time did anyone back at the studios notice that they were all wearing earrings and wore them throughout the film. I spent much of that summer on location and day after day I saw the actors in full costume from dawn to dusk, whether on the set or relaxing off it, utterly oblivious of what they had on and no one thinking it might be a little odd for a fighting man to be seen wearing earrings.

John was asked many times what inspired his work. It was a difficult question to answer and he was not given to hyperbole but living with him throughout his career I thought in the end that I did know. His skill undoubtedly lay in an ability to interpret faithfully what he saw in image to his finished work but over all I think he had a rare gift for truth. Every one of his characters, whether real or imaginary, was believable and not one, however weird and wonderful, looked as if they were wearing fancy dress.

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