Costume Reference Library
The Dark Empire encourages costuming creativity by allowing membership of custom Sith characters, in addition to characters from the Star Wars movies and expanded universe (books, comics, etc). The Dark Empire therefore includes characters of Star Wars canon and non-canon within its Official Membership base. All Official Members pursuant to Article II of the The Dark Empire Charter, however, must represent the Star Wars universe with as much attention to detail as possible to their costumes.
In ALL of our costuming guides we are looking to create high quality, photo shoot ready, custom costumes that look like they stepped out of the Star Wars universe. With that in mind we are allowing for creativity in your costumes, but remember that is balanced with risks. If you go too far along in a costume without input or guidance from club members, preferably costume judges, you may find yourself wasting money on a costume that will not be allowed to pass. That said we encourage you to start a WIP (work in progress) thread on the forums, or by some other means from an in person relation with a member of the club to e-mail, texts, and social media. None of those are required, but they may save you time, effort, funds, and who knows, you may find you come up with an even more excellent costume as you make new friends within the club.
If a CRL does not exist for an existing canon character that is a Sith, Dark Jedi, or Grey Jedi, that costume may still be accepted for Official Membership nonetheless. A canon reference photograph comparison of the of the character being represented shall be required at the time of submission in the Dark Trials, for comparison with the costume being submitted.
The Costume Reference Library is continually being updated, and there are likely to be characters in the STAR WARS universe that qualify for full membership in TDE that are not yet represented in the CRL’s. Should there be any confusion if a canon character is a Sith, Dark Jedi, Grey Jedi, or Sith-affiliated bounty hunter, pirate, or smuggler, send a private message or email to the Nes’ari membership4tde[at]gmail.com (remove the [at] and replace it with @) and inquire accordingly.
Traditional Style Costumes
There are 3 costume sets that fall under the Traditional Style. They are the Sith apprentice style, the Dark Jedi and the Gray Jedi. These costumes follow a more strict path just as a uniform of the Sith Academy or the Jedi Order would expect.
Custom Sith/Jedi Costumes
Once you step just outside the Traditional Style costume you fall under our Custom Style. Anything from a small deviation (i.e. no pouches) to looking nothing like the Traditional Style is available under this section.
Canon Darkside costumes
Are you Darth Vader, Darth Maul or the Emperor himself? In order to help facilitate a good working relationship with our fellow costume group the 501st, and also to not reinvent the wheel we use the 501st CRLs for Canon Darkside costumes. (Used with permission of the 501st)
Legends Darkside costumes
Are you Asajj Ventress, Mara Jade or Starkiller? In order to help facilitate a good working relationship with our fellow costume group the 501st, and also to not reinvent the wheel we use the 501st CRLs for Legends Darkside costumes. (Used with permission of the 501st)
Smuggler Type Costumes
Are you not Force Sensitive? We have options for you as well. You can help us move items of importance past our enemies and be well compensated. Here is where you learn about this style of costume.
Bounty Hunter Costumes
While the Mandalorians may be the most well known bounty hunters in the galaxy, we prefer to use other, less obvious bounty hunters in our quests. If you are an interested party please click below.
These are the overall armor guidelines for anyone looking to use armor on any of the costumes accepted by the Dark Empire. Any exceptions to these guidelines will be found in the specific costumes CRL (if applicable).
If you are wanting to use makeup for your costume. We ENCOURAGE submissions of different makeup designs as well as a MINIMAL one for those who think Makeup first as it will give you options for when you want to do more or less work for any particular event
EVENT WEAPON POLICY AND LOCAL REGIONAL LAWS SUPERSEDE OUR WEAPONS RULES AT EVERY EVENT.
These are our general guidelines on weapons.