Fri. Feb 23rd, 2024

With the tip of Ahsoka’s first season on Disney+ comes unhappy information from behind the scenes of the Star Wars sequence: costume designer Shawna Trpcic, a lifelong fan of sci-fi and comedian books who additionally introduced her skills to The Mandalorian and The E book of Boba Fett, has died on the age of 56.

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The Costume Designers Guild (through Selection) shared the information on social media:

The Guild additionally linked to a GoFundMe for Trpcic’s kids, which incorporates extra details about her life and profession:

“Born in Artesia, CA, Shawna wished to be a truck driver in highschool however had an artwork trainer who wished her to be an artist. He impressed her to attend Otis Faculty of Artwork and Design for vogue. In her senior yr, she labored on Bob Mackie’s crew. Shawna was somebody who was all the time into science fiction and comedian books. Costume design for her ‘was like creating nice artwork for the physique since you’re creating this dimensional character, and I used to be hooked instantly.’

Shawna acquired her begin illustrating for Albert Wolsky on the Oscar-winning movie Bugsy after which grew to become his assistant on Barry Levinson’s movie Toys. She was quickly designing her personal movies. Notable function credit embody The Cabin within the Woods, working with Joss Whedon, and The SpongeBob Film: Sponge on the Run, together with many tv reveals. She labored for Jill Ohanneson because the assistant costume designer on the pilot of Firefly and finally took over the present. A Firefly fan who labored at Skywalker Ranch requested her if she would really like a tour, and there she met George Lucas. Fifteen years later, she acquired the decision to design The Mandalorian, fulfilling a lifelong dream to design for Star Wars.

In fact, Shawna was most identified for her huge contributions to Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s reveals within the Star Wars Universe. She designed a number of seasons of The Mandalorian, in addition to The E book of Boba Fett and most just lately Ahsoka, which earned her the most effective notices of her profession. She liked collaborating with Jon and Dave, who have been the dream crew for her, together with working with the actors and along with her big costume design crew. To accommodate all of her creations, Lucasfilm established a warehouse that held hundreds of her costumes from all of the reveals. For her work, Shawna acquired a number of Emmy nominations and is nominated for Oustanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes for The Mandalorian Season 3 on the upcoming Emmys, her third nomination. She received the Costume Designers Guild Award for Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Tv for The E book of Boba Fett. A staple at each Star Wars Celebration, Shawna liked interacting with the followers and would usually decide the cosplay competitions.”

Starwars.com additionally shared a tribute in Trpcic’s reminiscence, which reads partly:

“She was thought-about one thing of a Star Wars historian by her friends, studying each making-of e book she might discover to higher perceive the methods used within the movies throughout varied eras. In her research, she particularly sought out materials that included discussions between George Lucas and his designers and idea artists, which grew to become the foundational concepts of her endless analysis into Star Wars costume design.

Trpcic labored carefully with present runners/producers Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau in addition to all the solid and crew on The Mandalorian, The E book of Boba Fett, and Ahsoka, approaching her work with surgical precision.

‘Shawna had a deep love and appreciation for Star Wars,’ says Filoni. ‘You possibly can see that in every bit of labor she did with us. She liked all the pieces about being part of these tales, together with connecting with followers and being part of that neighborhood. I really feel like she has all the time been part of Star Wars. Her costumes inform a narrative, offering the suggestion of a life expertise that occurred earlier than the cameras rolled. I liked collaborating with Shawna, and I’ll miss her presence.’

‘Her creativity introduced this world to life,’ provides Favreau. “She can be deeply missed each as a good friend and as a colleague.’”

io9’s ideas exit to Trpcic’s household, pals, and colleagues at this tough time.


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