Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Part 1: May the Force Be With You

This is the first in a series of posts showcasing my interest in movie fashion, particularly in period pieces, conceptual epics, and big budget fairy tales.  They will be in chronological order, which seems the most logical organizational method, although there might be a few differing opinions as to what order the tales might go in, seeing as some do not have specific time periods or did not actually happen at all.

The first, for example, that happened a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (but somehow in the future, as Peter Griffin so bluntly pointed out), had to create totally original pieces, for a totally original world.  The designers obviously took some inspiration from the Japanese (especially in Episodes I-III for Padme Amidala's wardrobe), Greek and Roman togas (for the Jedi cloaks, Padme's more relaxed outfits, and Leia's white wrappings), different sets of armor across all Earthly countries from the dawn of time (Darth Vader, the clones/stormtroopers, and any random bounty hunter that makes an appearance), Cowboys (Han Solo's vest and holster), and Indians (the residents of Camino and Leia's famous slave-wear).  Even though they borrowed from modern culture (or, perhaps we borrowed from them by their description that it happened long ago), I think the clothing was successful in establishing a very different world, with very different traditions and customs, and even establishing different styles across the different cultures and characters in the films.

(photos collected from googleimages)

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