Prequel Trilogy,  The Phantom Menace

Vanity Fair: “The fashion world paid attention” to Queen Amidala’s costumes

From Vanity Fair:

“In 1997, Alexander McQueen debuted his “Eclect Dissect” show, featuring elaborate headdresses and geometric hairstyles that couldn’t help but evoke a certain princess in a galaxy far, far away. But it wasn’t just Princess Leia serving as inspiration; McQueen’s collection seemed to somehow predict Queen Amidala’s style in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, which would open two years later. Costume designer Trisha Biggar incorporated Chinese, Korean, and Mongolian influences into the designs for Natalie Portman’s character, and the fashion world paid attention; Yves Saint Laurent featured an Amidala-inspired makeup campaign around the time of The Phantom Menace’s release, and Vogue ran a “Star Wars Couture” feature in April 1999, highlighting Queen Amidala’s gorgeous costumes. Asian themes and dip-dyed fabrics were big on the runway and in street style in the early 2000s, and headdresses continued to appear on runways even as Amidala’s costumes became more toned-down in the sequels. Amidala–esque styles walked down the 1999 fall couture show for Dior, as well as the 1999 spring Comme des Garcons ready-to-wear show.”

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“From left, Natalie Portman stars in 1999’s “Phantom Menace”; A dress designed by Alexander McQueen featured in the Met Gala’s “China: Through the Looking Glass” theme in 2015; A model walks down the runway during Dior’s Fall/Winter 2004 show.”

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