Costume Design Contest Launches for Luc Besson's 'Valerian' Sci-Fi

October 7, 2015

Luc Besson's Valerian

If you're a budding costume designer/fashion designer just waiting for a chance to get your foot in the door in filmmaking, here's your big shot. A global (sci-fi) costume design contest has just launched online for Luc Besson's upcoming sci-fi project Valerian, which is titled in full: Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets. This is his very big, very epic return to space opera science fiction, and he needs help designing futuristic costumes for a cocktail party scene in the movie. The contest will end up choosing 20 winners, each receiving $1,000 with the potential to have their work created and worn in the film. Read on for info.

Here's a short video intro from director Luc Besson himself talking about the contest and his new movie:

Aspiring artists, fashion and costume designers from around the world are invited to design a costume for the upcoming film Valerian and The City of A Thousand Planets from visionary writer/director Luc Besson.

Designers are asked to create a piece that could be worn by a human, alien, humanoid or any other intergalactic creature you can think of. The scene for which you are designing will take place at a political cocktail party inside a space station called Alpha and the year is 2580. Designers are encouraged to get inspired by the video to the right and read more about the costume specifications and film below.

Up to 20 costume designers will be selected by Filmmaker Luc Besson, Editor in Chief of Yahoo Style Joe Zee and Valerian Costume Designer Olivier BĂ©riot to receive $1,000 each and potentially have their work created and worn by actors in the film. Submissions are due November 27, 2015.

To enter the contest and read more rules, visit Talenthouse here. They seem to be encouraging designers to go all out, creating completely original and even alien designs. The only specifications are that you must submit a "front, profile and back view of the costume design", it must be designed to be "approximately 2-3 meters (6-10 feet)" tall and "must be a wearable costume (space for the head, two arms and two legs)". I hope we can see all the submissions online before they get sucked up into the production, but I'm sure they'll announce the winners and show off their work eventually. Valerian is gearing up for production now, with a release set for July 2017, and a cast including Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and Dane DeHaan.

Stay tuned for more updates and more info on Valerian, an upcoming sci-fi project we're following closely.

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  • TheOct8pus
    That's so cool. I'm not a fashion designer, but I would totally design some crap for this movie
    • Why? said some "crap".
      • TheOct8pus
        I sure did, Why? - I sure did
    They should have worked with the folks at Dragon Con. What a missed opportunity.
  • Here's what I'd wear, super impractical, but I'm no Gaultier.
  • Vice Chair Zub with the super big hair balls.
  • Space Champion Nisum, with Mickey Mouse hat hood.
  • Super stretchy guard with flower details
  • Chamuel
    Well, that's how you see it. Yes 1000 is maybe not much, but they're not searching for costume designers, who already have theri name and place It actualle IS a wonderful opportunity for ever newcomer and I give a f**k on the 1000 dollars. I will totally send in at least one only for the chance to get my stuff in a movie just once in my life. Only star are able to work on this big production untill now. Yes, they're saving money...damn, who cares? This is definately nothing for someone, who whants nothing more then money. This is for fans, artists and free people who love sience fiction, fantasy und movies. I'm in! Whoever thinks this will be a loss for everyone trying has already his part or misses the fun this can bring. So they will maybe use the design somewhere else? I hope so. They will not be paying me? Well, I know. Everyone, who takes place in a contest should know that. In EVERY contest. Sorry man. Not a flamer, but I really think a grown person should know that and not let his oder her dreams get lost because of this.
    • RAW_D
      Each to their own, friend. Each to their own.




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