The Pre Fall 2013 Collection from Alexander McQueen was quick to make the internet rounds due in part to the number of intriguing pieces it contained. Where many saw religious and Puritan influences (and okay, we’ll admit that we see them too), much of the collection gave off a very different vibe to others: Star Wars. For the sake of the post, we’re going to pretend that the shoes with the giant square buckles aren’t there. This is aaaaaaall about the dresses.
We’ll start off simple with two looks that definitely give off Princess Leia of Alderaan vibes.
As Queen of Naboo, Amidala wore a number of elaborate outfits that helped establish her visually as the rightful ruler of the planet, despite being only 14, and to also help disguise the fact that a handmaiden had potentially taken her place for her safety. Both of the dresses below definitely waver from the Royal Naboo norm as the colouring of the dress on the left isn’t as typical, and the hemline of the dress of the right is much too high for one of the royal outfits. However, the black and red dress has a very strong feel to it and even reminds me ever so slightly of the battle dress that Decoy Queen Sabe wears. The cut and style of the white/grey dress would make it an appropriate fashion choice for Amidala if she were here on Earth.
In Episode II, we see a shift away from the voluminous regal dresses and a move towards a much more relaxed Padme, with the exception of the Senatorial gowns in the beginning. While we never see Padme (or Leia) in any short dresses, I could potentially see both of these dresses being in these women’s closets. The black dress still has that more structured and appropriate feel to it, while the white one reads as more relaxed.
The following two looks give off very strong Padme vibes circa Episode III, when her wardrobe again reverts towards being more focused on both Senatorial propriety and hiding her pregnancy. To be specific, the first dress reminds me of the Navy Linen Gown.
Oh. And then there’s this. Come on, you didn’t think that I’d look at this collection and not hone in on the Snowbunny look, did you?
Finally, we have two looks that don’t necessarily remind me of any particular characters, but that do still give off that same Star Wars vibe that much of the collection does. It’s unlikely that these would look terribly out of place around the Republic Senate.
You can check out the rest of the collection and see some of the looks that definitely read more Puritan than Galaxy Far Far Away over at Style.
Pictures taken from Style.com.
Hey folks! We’re back from another wonderful Katsucon at National Harbor. As usual, we had tons of fun and can’t wait to share the pictures from our various costumed shenanigans with all of you. Seriously though: we had a FANTASTIC photoshoot with our Uncanny X-Force Psylocke costumes and can’t wait to show everyone those pictures in a few weeks.
We also loved getting to meet new people this weekend! Honestly, it’s one of our favourite parts of conventions so to any new people who we met, hello and welcome!
Like we said last week, we’ll resume our normal posting schedule soon but in the mean time, we’ll just leave you with this teaser shot of our Sailor Pluto and Sailor Uranus costumes that we posted to Instagram on Friday morning.
We’re headed out to Katsucon! (Well, we’ll be there tomorrow but close enough.) We’re both super excited to wear all of our new costumes and to see everyone. If you’d like a reminder of what we’ll be wearing when, you can check out our schedule here. If you see us, please come say hello and we promise to be full of friendly hellos right back!
Posts will resume on Tuesday of next week and we should be back with our normal posting schedule the week afterwards. In the mean time, you can follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting and Instagraming live from the convention. (We’ve mastered the myspace angle for costume pictures by now.)
See you at Katsucon!
We’re veering away from the fashion side of things today to look at something a little more costume focused that still requires a lot of work and a very talented design eye. I stumbled across this short documentary about the costume department of the New York City Ballet titled “Recreating a Tutu”. As a former ballet dancer and a costumer who just finished work on a costume for Kraehe from Princess Tutu, I found it to be fascinating to watch and see how much meticulous work is put into each costume. Plus, they give you an up close look into how they construct both the bodices and the actual tutus. Honestly, I’m just in awe of all the work and detail that they put into these costumes especially since they have to remake them every 10 years!
You can watch the six minute documentary below.