Some Star Wars fans despise the prequels BUT these movies gave us...
Naboo royalty is known for their striking makeup.
You can spot a Naboo royal from miles away. Court makeup and style traditions are passed down from queen to queen.
The throne room outfit is the most famous costume from the prequels. It's also the first time we meet Queen Amidala.
This dress cost the costume department $60,000 and took 8 weeks to complete. The lanterns on her dress actually light up!
Costume designer Trisha Biggar said this costume had "a sort of Chinese Imperial feel." (Dressing a Galaxy/Rebel Haven)
This gown was actually never worn by Amidala. It was worn by her decoy and handmaiden, Sabé.
Fun fact: Sabé is played by Keira Knightley.
While her decoy is playing queen, Amidala hides her identity in this handmaiden gown.
The Tatooine peasant outfit is a practical, no-nonsense costume that allows Padmé to blend in.
To contrast the luxurious material they used for her gowns, a fabric blend of hemp and linen was used.
The pre-Senate gown Amidala wears is strongly influenced by the Japanese kimono.
Notice the presence of the obi belt and neckline. The sleeves are greatly exaggerated and not typical of kimonos.
Queen Apailana's funeral gown pays homage to this design.
Queen Amidala wore an extravagant gown during her Senate appearance.
It consisted of three layers, mixing taffeta and silk fabrics harmoniously. The headdress was made from copper, with gold plating and dainty jewels. Imagine how heavy this robe and headdress would be!
Her outfit is taken straight from Mongolian royalty.
Her post-Senate gown is somber in tone but the intricate beading is stunning.
Queen Amidala chooses this purple gown for her return to Naboo.
Battle costumes for the handmaidens are functional yet regal looking.
Here Sabé is playing her role as the decoy queen again, for the meeting with the Gungans.
Though deceptively simple in design, this outfit took over a month to create. The detailing on the shoulder is handsewn.
Queen Amidala's parade gown is her final outfit in The Phantom Menance.
There are 250 individual petals on the cape of this dress. All the sewing and fabric dyeing was done by hand.
Concept artist Iain McCaig said "I designed a parasol-like collar that almost makes her look like an angel." (Dressing a Galaxy/Rebel Haven)
Even after her reign ends, her fashion game is strong. Check out these looks from her Senate days.
The use of costumes in the prequels adds another layer of depth to the Star Wars story.
The richness of the fabric texture and colors creates a sense of history. Most people miss the tiny details of the costumes but upon closer inspection, you can see how much thought was put into every accessory and individual stitch.
May the 4th be with you!
*(Answers: Queen Jamillia and Queen Apailana)