Neo (Keanu Reves) Original Martial Arts Costume for The Matrix
In the film The Matrix, Keanu Reeves plays “Neo”, a computer pirate enlisted by underground subversives and introduced to knowledge that changes him and the world as he knows it - forever. “Neo” is programmed with knowledge, including expertise in a wealth of martial arts. This is the costume created for “Neo’s” first practical test, battling “Morpheus” (Lawrence Fishburn) in a virtual fight. This two-piece uniform is based on the traditional Karate “Gi”, consisting of a loosely tailored beige silk robe with black lining, single tie at midriff and sash around the waist. The robe is lined in black, giving the garment the appearance of thin tuxedo lapels at the collar and front closure. Matching long pants feature a gathered, drawstring-tied waist and black- lined hems at the cuffs. The sheer and flowing costume was expertly designed to portray maximum movement in the exciting and unforgettable movie fight scene.