MAKING A COSTUME
Are you thinking of making a Star Wars costume and would like help or advise? We encourage you to sign up for our forums at rebellegion.com/forum. There you will find:
SUBMITTING A COSTUME FOR FULL MEMBERSHIP APPROVAL
An outline of our membership requirements can be found in the Rebel Legion Charter.
Please review our membership form here.
1) Applicants will first need to create a profile in our Rebel Legion Forum.
2) Once forum membership is approved (anyone is allowed to be a forum member if they are over 13 years of age), the applicant will need to log in and click the blue text link at the top left hand side of the page that says "My Costumes".
3) Please fill out the costume information, and include links to the front, side, back and any detailed close ups the costume (these photos must be hosted on your own web site, such as a photobucket account). If you are submitting an Expanded Universe costume, or a costume for which we have no written standard yet, please submit links to 3 visual reference photos of the artwork or screen used costume in addition to the pictures of your own costume.
4) Applicants must be 18 years or older.
5) Any costume for submission must be owned by the applicant and should not be rented, borrowed or a shared costume.
6) The first costume submission must be what is considered a "Formal Level", professional quality Star Wars costume that qualifies as a Rebel, Hero, Creature, Rebel supporter, or good guy character. Costumes must be complete, containing all the parts in good working order and appearance. All first time costume submissions must meet the Formal Level Costume Standards listed in the Costume Standards Master List, on The Rebel Legion web site. Subsequent costume submissions can be either formal or informal.
Formal is defined as a costume from one of the six Star Wars films, Expanded Universe, or Lucasfilm Licensed Media (TV, books, games, etc.) as it would appear in those materials.
- A costume must not look or be store bought (i.e. a Halloween costume), it must be professional quality.
- A costume cannot simply be a collection of found clothing (i.e. a bathrobe and a karate uniform does not qualify as a Jedi costume). If 50% or more of the costume is made of unaltered pre-existing clothing it is not acceptable.
- The costume should look professional and be clean and in good condition (with weathering/wear only where appropriate).
7) The applicant must submit one or more photos of their costume. Photo Standards for application submission:
- Applicant’s photo submission must be clear and adequately lit in front of a neutral background which is a different color than most of the costume.
- At least one photo must show the entire costume from head to toe. If the costume has important details on the sides or back, include photos of those views.
- The applicant should not be obscured by anyone or anything.
- An applicant’s member gallery photo can be an action/iconic character's pose. In this case, it is important that the applicant provide additional photos with their application that show all parts of the costume with nothing obscured. At least one photo should not have arms and/or weapon covering the belt/midsection of the costume.
- If the costume has a robe or poncho, such as a Jedi costume or Endor Commando Leia, Photos must be taken with the robe/cloak/or poncho off so that we can view details such as tunics, shirts, and belt accessories clearly.
- Any applicant who wears a mask or heavy make-up should include another photo of themselves in costume but with face visible.
- Pictures will be considered unacceptable if the applicant is wearing or holding anything not appropriate for the costume, including but not limited to sunglasses, convention badges, drinks, etc. Medical and assistance devices are exempt.
- All photos submitted for membership must not be altered (except for "red-eye" removal) in subject, background, or light saber/blaster effects. If the picture/costume is accepted, the Legion membership team will alter it for member gallery.
8) The costume judges for the Rebel Legion (an impartial review board not affiliated with Base Command) will review the costume and notify the applicant of acceptance to The Rebel Legion (typically a 2 week turn around time). There is a chance that they may request additional photos of a costume. This does not mean an applicant has been denied membership, they may simply need to review some details not visible in the initial photo set. They may also ask for revisions to the costume to comply with "Formal" level standards. In which case, an applicant would resubmit new costume photos for re-review after the necessary changes have been made to the costume.