Monday, 15 May 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Style Crush #9 Padmé Amidala

To celebrate May the 4th, I thought I'd confess my love for the Queen who didn't let a lil thing called fighting for democracy stand in her way of serving some serious looks. This one's for my intergalactic girl crush, Padmé Amidala. What a babe.

The extravagant costumes, the hair and makeup, and the extensive research that resulted in a rainbow of culture shining on the Queens wardrobe is remarkable.

For those of you just as enamoured with Padmé's costumes as I, here is a fascinating read about just how impressive the concept artist Ian McCaig and costume designer Trisha Biggar were. These Episode III webisodes (1 & 2) and this ace costume site are super informative too.

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The phenomenal Trisha actually released a book which explores in great detail the intricate designs behind each outfit. Apparently the special edition version of the book comes with fabric swatches from the same bolt of fabric they used on Darth Vader's cape!!!

To celebrate Padmé's lavish wardrobe, I've cherry picked my favourite iconic costumes of hers. Now there may be a ridiculous amount, but do remember - a Queen can't be seen in the same outfit twice ;-) 

Regal Gown:

Trisha Biggar said this costume had "a sort of Chinese Imperial feel."

Did you know that the lanterns on her cumbersome dress actually lit up?

The Black Invasion Gown:

Senator Dress:

Galactic Senate Dress:

This outfit is is taken straight from Mongolian royalty:

...With Cloak:

Loyalist Committee Gown:

The Tatooine Disguise:

Handmaiden Dress:

The Final Parade Gown:

Concept artist Iain McCaig said "I designed a parasol-like collar that almost
makes her look like an angel."

Foreign Residence Dress:

"The paint that divided her lower lip was called the "scar of remembrance", which marked Naboo's time of suffering before the Great Time of Peace."

Senatorial Dress:

Travelling Dress:

Coruscant Apartment Robe:

Refugee Dress (with hood down):

...With Hood Up:

Packing Dress:

Geonosis attire:

Delegation Dress:

Meadow Picnic Dress:

Wedding Gown:

Mustafar attire:

Veranda Nightdress:

Nightdress & Robe:

Velvet Cloak:

Funeral Dress:

I'm actually off out on the raz tonight and first stop is my local, thirsty beak ~ a bar frequently compared to the The Mos Eisley cantina... how fitting! 

I guess there's only one last thing to say: May the 4th be with you!

Yes, you!