How the ‘Moon Knight’ Costume Designer Built Hero Costumes Using 3D Printing
Meghan Kasperlik, costume designer for Marvel’s new limited series “Moon Knight,” was tasked with creating the looks for these new additions to the vast Marvel Universe. A key costume brought Moon Knight’s outfit to life.
Kasperlik’s labor-intensive process included working with a blacksmith, 3D printing, and assembling layers of fabric with different patterns and textures (the Moon Knight costume includes 45 different pattern pieces in one single arm) and the incorporation of hieroglyphic messages into the various costume pieces. .
Moon Knight Mummy Costume Design
“I met Oscar early on and we had a deeper conversation about what he really wanted in the suit. I wanted to make sure the suit was fully functional and he could move around in the suit.
“The most exciting thing is that Oscar said, ‘I just want to feel like Superman.’ He wanted to feel really strong, so it was all about taking the age-old mummy wrapper and making it into this really strong royal costume, and that’s when the armor came into play. I also mixed up the patterns and textures so that the legs aren’t tight and have a bit of movement and show off his leg in that masculine way.
“As for the color, that was a really big conversation because in the comics, it says Moon Knight wears white so they can see it coming. Working with the Marvel team, that gray was always there. I asked if we should put more white in there? That’s where the texture overlay came in. We used 3D printing so you can have the light inside and give some the depth to the fabric. I didn’t want it to be a flat color because gray can get flat very quickly.
“The fabric is actually a European four-way stretch jersey. Most of the time when we make superhero costumes, we use this jersey because they can stretch and move just the way you need them to function. The fabric is the Euro jersey which we then 3D printed Different textures and different colors on it, so there are, and there are different depths in the 3D print, which means that part of the texture was a bit lower and flatter to the fabric, and part of it was a bit higher, so it mixed up the fabrics that were printed.
“With the design, the design that was printed on it, that’s what gave this incredible depth and texture to the costume.”