Dune’s stars loved (and hated) their iconic stillsuits

Dune has actually offered popular culture many things: huge sandworms, the List Versus Worry, “spice” as a drug metaphor, and the stillsuit. Among the concepts Frank Herbert paid specific attention to detailing in his notes and his 1965 book was the stillsuit, an attire developed to maintain and recycle the user’s body wetness. Stillsuits let Herbert narrate about enduring in the most harmful environment in his books — an unforgiving planet-wide desert that likewise gets individuals high. (Most notably, you can poop in a stillsuit rather of taking it off when nature calls.)

For Denis Villeneuve’s sensational screen adjustment, outfit designers Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan had their work cut out for them. Unlike much of the closet in the film — the dark wool fits of Home Atreides, or the insect-inspired attire of the Harkonnen — stillsuits are an important part of the tradition, explained in excellent information in both the books and in Herbert’s notes. The stillsuit was, according to Morgan, the film’s “centerpiece costume.” It needed to look great on all the cast members, and possibly be practical enough that entertainers wouldn’t dislike using it throughout production in the real-world deserts of Jordan.

West and Morgan managed the previous with aplomb: The stillsuits look excellent onscreen. The latter, they informed Polygon, got some combined outcomes.

“You know, I have heard different actors say different things,” Morgan states, chuckling. “I heard an interview with Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem. [Bardem] was saying ‘Oh my God, I’m so comfortable. I loved it. I loved wearing it.’ And Josh Brolin says to him, ‘I don’t know which one you got!’”

Stilgar entering the Duke Leto’s council in Dune (2021)

Image: Warner Bros./HBO Max

According to West, producing Dune’s stillsuits was an extremely included procedure that started with long discussions with idea artist Keith Christensen and a model by carver Jose Fernandez. Groups of artists worked together on every element of the last fit, which consisted of 125 pattern pieces.

“It’s not like doing a fitting for a contemporary film, where Meryl Streep arrives and talks about the costume and what it might be, and is it uncomfortable?” Morgan states. “It needed to fit everybody from Timothée [Chalamet] to Rebecca [Ferguson] to Jason Momoa. Therefore the size variety is — you can see it like a moving scale, every sizes and shape needs to look great and be comfy and do stunts.

“When Timothée put it on the first time, he was like, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing!’ and he got down on the floor like a spider — because he’s very fluid in his movement, and very agile. And Rebecca as well, she had to do fights, and she was immediately doing roundhouse kicks and spinning around. It helped us. We learned with them.”

Both West and Morgan highlight just how much of their concept of Dune’s future closet was influenced by the past — not simply visually, however in the method future human beings would adjust to desert life in similar method they constantly have. The designers took a look at how individuals dress for the desert in Morocco and Jordan. They took a look at Bedouin culture and closet, and the methods keeping one’s cool referred life and death — one that will likely relate to a growing number of individuals, offered Earth’s altering environment.

“It was such a prophetic piece, Dune.” West states. “With all the temperatures this summer, and forest fires — you could imagine stillsuits going into production.”

Dune: Part One is presently in theaters and on HBO Max.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.