“Apple seems to have had a hand in dressing the Galactic Empire — at least from a design perspective,” Robert Hackett reports for Fortune.

“We’re not talking Levi 501s and black mock turtlenecks, as was the signature style of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs,” Hackett reports. “Rather, Star Wars costume designer, Michael Kaplan, tells Vanity Fair in a Q&A that he channeled the tech giant’s minimalist taste in creating the uniforms worn by characters in the next installment of the blockbuster series.”

Bruce Handy for Vanity Fair: Did you invent some kind of fashion back-story in your head to explain how the look of this galaxy might have evolved?

Michael Kaplan: Maybe subconsciously, but with the stormtroopers it was more of a simplification, almost like, “What would Apple do?” J.J. wanted them to look like stormtroopers at a glance but also be different enough to kind of wow people and get them excited about the new design.

The new stormtroopers featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

The new stormtroopers featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

 
Read more in Vanity Fair’s full Q&A here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, you can see the influence of Jony Ive. It’s everywhere – just look at Samsung, Xiaomi, etc.