In a recent interview with Wired, "Star Wars" costume designer Michael Kaplan explained his process for designing the new Stormtrooper outfits. He also shared what it was like dressing over 1,500 Stormtrooper actors. With the sheer amount of Stormtroopers being featured in the new "Star Wars The Force Awakens" film, it makes sense that there would be an entire dressing room set aside for just them. The Stormtrooper dressing room looks like a futuristic battle armory, which is exactly what Kaplan and "Star Wars" director J. J. Abrams have created with the First Order Stormtroopers.
Kaplan shared that he had to find a new design for the Stormtroopers that stayed true to the original concept, but showcased 30 years of time passing. "With time, I think, simplification occurs, because the Stormtroopers are hard and white and plasticky, my thoughts did go to Apple." The removal of lines from the design is very reminiscent of the iPhone's sleek look.
Kaplan also shared that when he was designing Kylo Ren's outfit, he had to draw on the character's obsession with Darth Vader. "Kylo Ren feels a kinship with Darth Vader, so there is a bit of emulation." Kylo Ren also couldn't be too scary, so Abrams asked Kaplan to make the helmet more kid-friendly.
Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) also has a very unique Stormtrooper design, especially because her uniform is not made out of traditional plastic, it's made out of metal. "I loved the idea of taking a Stormtrooper into the world of armour." Apparently both Kathleen Kennedy and J. J. Abrams loved the metallic look so much they, "Created the role of Captain Phasma to wear it."
These sleek and upgraded First Order Stormtroopers make their debut in "Star Wars The Force Awakens," which opens December 18, 2015.