What costume is this?
True to myself I've once again managed to pic a costume that probably very few people have noticed, outside of the members of the Royal Handmaiden Society and dedicated Star Wars royalty costumers. It's one of few costumes with no representation in the Rebel Legion. I've seen one reproduction of it, back at Celebration IV in 2007, but I remember that it had taken a few shortcuts. I've still never seen a fan version that's tried to recreate it down to all the details.
The costume can actually be seen three times in the Star Wars Prequels.
First is in the very first scene with Queen Amidala in Episode I
It's seen a third time, in a blink and you miss it moment. In Episode III, when Anakin runs to meet Palpatine at the opera you can see two women dressed in this gown in the background.
In general it can be said that the costume consists of three parts
- A velvet robe
- A pleated gown
- A wide sash or obi
Here is an original Delphos gown
Unfortunately it's unknown how Mariano Fortuny mainpulated the fabric to creat those special pleats.
Now we have identified the costume, in the next post I'm going to start going through the different parts of it.