Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fashion Model: Padme Amidala

This is totally going to reveal the dork in me, but Padme Amidala from Star Wars is a one of my (many) fashion inspirations. Her regal outfits were pure couture, architecture, and eye candy; they were even featured in a Vogue spread in 2002. Costume designer Trisha Biggar worked on all three films, the Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Return of the Sith, and was inspired by many cultures and time periods, inluding the Elizabethan era, Mongolia, and Japan, Russia. Biggar won the Saturn Award for best costume for both the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.

One thing I particularly like about Amidala's costumes is how they evolved with each movie to reflect the character. In the Phantom Menace, she was royalty, majestic and slightly aloof; her clothes were highly structured and detailed. As Senator Padme in Attack of the Clones, her soft, romantic look revealed her emerging feelings for Anakin Skywalker (her wedding dress was stunning). Lastly, in Revenge of the Sith, her flowly dresses were necessary to hide her pregnancy.

The Phantom Menace:

Attack of the Clones:

Revenge of the Sith:

Yves Saint Laurent even launched a range of cosmetics in 1999 inspired by Amidala:

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