The movie characters represented by these costumes are iconic, but seeing the costumes without an actor inside of them really drives home the point of how important costume design is in Hollywood. Without these amazing costumes, the characters who wore them wouldn’t have come alive in quite the same way.

Designed by Frederico Birchal, this series was initially made for an online advertising campaign of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for their “Hollywood Costumes” exhibition. The images were then used to create possibly one of the coolest decks of cards of all time.

Darth Vader from Star Wars: A New Hope.

Han Solo from Star Wars: A New Hope.

Superman’s Costume from the 1978 film.

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The Blues Brothers: Jake Blue and Elwood Blues.

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Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Rachael from Blade Runner.

Captain Hikaru Sulu from Stark Trek III.

Captain Hikaru Sulu from Stark Trek III.

Karen Blixen from Out of Africa.

John McClane from Die Hard.

Dick Tracy from 1990’s “Dick Tracy”.

Vivian Ward from Pretty Woman.

Malcolm X from 1992’s “Malcom X”.

Shorty from 1992’s “Malcom X”.


Images via Fred Birchal.

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