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Blade Runner Sketchbook (1982)

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BLADE RUNNER:

Sexy Little Cyborg 

Rachael the Replicant, played by Sean Young entices us with the doubts of her humanity. Her naturalization aside, she is the classic style icon of the year 2019, reminiscent of a 1950’s pinup. Elegant red-liped Rachael escorts us into the office of her humanoid creator at the beginning of the film. Her intelligent demeanor is adorned with an up-do, a tight high shouldered black skirt suit and the constant linger of cigarette smoke. This look inspired the cover of the August 2010 issue of Italian Vogue. Throughout the film we see Rachael in many other emotional states, disheveled and sexy, a fur coated fearless female. She believes she was born of Eve but in truth she will only last a few more years. Don’t tell Deckard because neither will he… 

Directed by Ridley Scott

Costume design by Michael Kaplan & Charles Knode