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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That's so cool. I'm not a fashion designer, but I would totally design some crap for this movie

TheOct8pus on Oct 7, 2015

2 said some "crap".

Why? on Oct 7, 2015


I sure did, Why? - I sure did

TheOct8pus on Oct 7, 2015


They should have worked with the folks at Dragon Con. What a missed opportunity.

DAVIDPD on Oct 7, 2015


Here's what I'd wear, super impractical, but I'm no Gaultier.

Carpola on Oct 7, 2015


Vice Chair Zub with the super big hair balls.

Carpola on Oct 7, 2015


Space Champion Nisum, with Mickey Mouse hat hood.

Carpola on Oct 7, 2015


Super stretchy guard with flower details

Carpola on Oct 7, 2015


I know to a lot of people this seems like an awesome opportunity, but really, the only people winning here are Luc Besson, the movie studio, Yahoo and the very "lucky" 20 people who gets their design chosen over thousands of others. The rest of the thousands that submit their designs FOR FREE and will not get anything. But most likely, your submitted work will then become THEIR property and they could potentially use it somewhere else and NOT have to compensate you for it. Read the contest rules carefully. Even a $1,000.00 is a measly reward for the scope of this thing. You think a true fashion designer on a A-List movie gets paid $1,000.00 bucks for their designs? I hardly doubt it. If you're a true designer, don't waste your time on crap like this. Go here to see what I'm talking about : If you market yourself properly, you'll get paid better, obtain more frequent work and have consistent income. Don't sell yourself short. Seek out the people who will compensate you for your work. Not make it a lottery where you have 1 chance in 50,000 to get paid. Lost a lot of a respect for Luc Besson. Shame on you sir. Rant end.

THE_RAW_ on Oct 9, 2015


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.

Chamuel on Oct 17, 2015


Each to their own, friend. Each to their own.

RAW_D on Oct 26, 2015

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