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Imperial Officer, Grand Moff Tarkin
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Description: Imperial Officer, Grand Moff Tarkin
Prefix: ID
Detachment: Imperial Officer Corps
Context: Star Wars Episodes IV


The 501st approval requirements are listed in black.

The Imperial Officer Corp Detachment defines additional, optional levels of costuming excellence. In the page below, items listed in blue are optional features that will improve the quality of the costume. These items are not required, but are recommended.

For 501st membership only the requirements in black need to be met.


  • This CRL is a work in progress.
  • While this costume must be approved by the Legion Membership Officer, submissions should still go to the local GML, who will post the application in the appropriate section of the Legion forum.
  • If you have this costume and would like to assist with this CRL, please contact your detachment leader!
  • Please note that the use of the word "should" below does not indicate that a requirement is optional. All instances of should will be replaced with must as this guide is completed.

Required Costume Components

The following costume components must be present and appear as described below for approval .

Blankwhite.gif Hair and Facial Features
For 501st approval:
  • Costumer must have grey hair with receding hairline.
  • Eyes and cheekbones should appear gaunt and darkened, either naturally or through makeup effects.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):


ID tunic.jpg Tunic, Olive
For 501st approval:
  • Fabric should be a medium weight suiting material exactly matching the pants and hat. Gabardine style weave is most accurate.
  • Tunic is double-breasted with a left over right closure on the tapered yoke.
  • Yoke comes up across the shoulder to the top shoulder seam.
  • The standing collar has square corners and is about 1.25" (31.8 mm) tall and closes snugly and includes a modesty panel behind closure. Collar edges are closed with two eye hooks.
  • There are code cylinder pockets on both outside panels of the jacket from about half way between the top and bottom on the arm hole.
  • Sleeves are long, and without decoration, cuffs or buttons, containing 2 seams, one along the bottom and one along the back.
  • Tunic should be constructed with no top-stitching (stitches visible on the exterior surface of fabric)
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • There is a dart of about 2" (50.8 mm) in the top center of the yoke.
  • Additionally there is a seam running the entire circumference of the tunic, dividing it along a line hidden by the uniform belt.
  • The back of the tunic has princess seams that run vertically and turn outward to intersect the arm-hole seam at the vertical center.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Tunic must be secured on the right side by snaps or buttons, not Velcro. There is no topstitching visible anywhere and it must have a lining sewn in.
Blankwhite.gif Dress Shirt
For 501st approval:
  • A white standing collar dress shirt may be worn with the gray officer uniform if it is matched with a Grand Moff rank bar (consisting of 6 blue over 3 yellow and 3 red tiles) and 2 code cylinders in each of the 2 pockets (4 code cylinders total.)
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
ID grand moff tarkin rankbar.jpg Tarkin's Rank Bar
For 501st approval:
  • See the Imperial Rank Bar page for more information.
  • Worn on the left side of the tunic over the heart.
  • Rank consists of colored plastic tiles mounted on metal bar.
  • Each bar is 1" (25.4 mm) height, length is determined by chosen rank
  • Rank tile dimensions are 1/2" (12.7 mm)width x 3/4" (19 mm) height and about 1/8" (3.2 mm).
  • Tiles should be mounted with 1/4" (6.4 mm) spaces between them.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):
ID grand moff tarkin cylinders.jpg Tarkin's Code Cylinders
For 501st approval:
  • 4 Code cylinders required.
  • Cylinders must have brass finished clips.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):


ID belt.jpg Belt
For 501st approval:
  • The belt shall be constructed from a non-textured leather or a leather-like material.
    • Approximately 2" (50.8 mm) in width, up to 3" (76.2 mm) is acceptable.
    • There are no loops on the belt.
  • A single large snap or rivet should be visible approximately 1" (25.4 mm) from the buckle.
    • The belt may be worn with the snap to the right or left of the wearer.
  • The buckle shall be constructed from a horizontally brushed metal, or metal looking material.
  • The buckle size should be approximately 2 5/8" (66.7 mm) high and 4 1/8" (104.5 mm) wide with 0.5" (12.7 mm) radius rounded corners.
    • Please refer to the Imperial Buckle reference page for information on accurate and inaccurate style buckles.
  • Buckles are adorned with an Imperial Code Disk at the center.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Belt must be made of leather.
  • Snap is to be worn to the left of the wearer.
  • Buckle shall have a slight horizontal curve.
For level three certification (if applicable):


ID pants.jpg Jodphur Trousers, Olive
For 501st approval:
  • Fabric should be a medium weight suiting material exactly matching the tunic. Gabardine style weave is most accurate.
  • Flared riding breeches are canon, with semi-stiff flares to the hip/thigh area for olive officer types. Breeches must be worn with boots (see below).
  • Pockets are acceptable, though they should not be visible with the tunic on.
For level two certification (if applicable):
For level three certification (if applicable):


ID Officer Boots.jpg Officer Boots
For 501st approval:
  • Knee-high, black, lace-less, smooth non-textured, leather or leather-like material.
    • Rubber is not acceptable.
    • PVC or synthetic material is allowed as long as it gives the appearance of leather.
  • There are no stretch panels, buckles, snap tabs, or decoration.
  • Boots have conservative heels.
  • Zippers are only allowed if they are hidden, or on the inner part of the boot shaft, not visible from the front, side or back.
  • The top of the boots may be flat or Spanish Style, but not Cowboy or Super Hero (pointed at the front) Style.
For level two certification (if applicable):
  • Boots must not have a zipper.
For level three certification (if applicable):
  • Boots must be leather, not vinyl or PVC.
  • Exact replicas of English riding (dress) boots or Equestrian boots.
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