Saruman the White
Bad guys can wear white. Christopher Lee looks stunning in it. He has a single multi layered costumes.
(Very rough, but we have quite a few nice pictures. Just needs organizing and a bit of detail filled in.)
Note: on robe color, in person it appears varying shades of cream and off-white. On film the robes show up as dazzling white but with great dept of detail.
The outer robe is sleeveless, in a heavy cream It is split down the front with an almost kimono-style front band. This band is about 2" wide. It is a heavy multi-layed cream embroidery. The pattern repeats about every 5-6 inches. It is shorter at the front.
There is flat cream brocade piping running in a V down the shoulders to about waist level that continues down the back in a boxed X. Looks like this- lXl, with another V continuing from the bottom of the X. (The 6" doll is correct) It ends below the waist.
The inner robe has rolled collar of the same brocade as the piping on the outer robe. It closes with frogs.
The long, flared sleeves are of a different jacard in cream, and are turned back slightly to show lining of the original woven pattered fabric. The sleeves are "wrong side" of the fabric. The turned back part shows the right side. This is more ornate and shinny, as well as more of a yellow-cream.
He also wears a long belt/girdle like Eowyn's, but made out of something that looks like heavy upholstery trim in very pale grays, browns, and cream. There is an additional appliqué at front and a false tie down the front make from beautifully woven cords. therefore it is assumed to close in the back with a loop tie like in Galadriel's prolog dress
Saruman's mandarin-collared layer has a zipper in the back, You can only see it from the back, and only on the collar, as the rest is covered by another layer.
Thank you to Torn for these pictures. Full gallery here: http://www.theonering.net/scrapbook/group/987
This page was last updated 04/22/08