When it comes to speculating what characters might wear from the runways of our world, it’s well established that I like to play favorites which means it’s time to take another look at Tenel Ka, Queen Mother of Hapes and Warrior of Dathomir. This time though, we’ll be looking at both sides of the
Dathomir’s aesthetic is very much informed by their culture of warrior clans. While no one would try and claim that any of the below looks by Burberry and Michael Kors are fitting for riding rancors, they definitely capture the feel of Dathomir.
Hapes, on the other hand, doesn’t embrace their hardcore warrior or snake skin side quite that much. Both this Versace and Zuhair Murad definitely give off a Hapan vibe with the fabric of the Zuhair Murad being something that would likely appeal to Tenel Ka.
While I recognize that this Versace isn’t something that Tenel Ka would jump at to wear, there are elements to it that I think would definitely fit with the Hapan look combined with Tenel Ka’s own preferences. In particular, I’m referring to the arm pieces and the hood and the skirt itself definitely reads Hapan.
For a bonus round, have this Valentino dress which I could see Tenel Ka wearing in a more casual Hapan setting that would still restrict her from dressing more Dathomiri.
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This is a costume that’s been in the plans since late 2012, got postponed when one of the Legacy creators cancelled from attending the convention I planned this for, was mostly sewn over the summer because I was bored, and then finally got its big day at Katsucon 2014! When I first read the original volume of Star Wars: Legacy, I immediately fell in love with Princess Marasiah Fel. I loved everything about her but most especially her attitude. This comic is definitely on my list of ones to reread this year!
Seriously: getting to be super distant space cousins with Nic as Ania Solo was tons of fun! Both Legacy series don’t get nearly enough love and it was awesome every time someone recognized who either I or both of us were.
One of the things that made Katsucon 2014 so special was the impromptu Star Wars gathering that happened on Saturday afternoon. On Friday, the Zhobot duo and I met the fabulous Jaina and Jag cosplayers below and needless to say, we got really excited. Us being us, we told them about our Expanded Universe plans for the following afternoon and they agreed to meet up for a mini shoot. When the lightsabers turned on though, it was like a batsignal for every other Star Wars costumer in the building and our minishoot doubled in size within minutes. Honestly, I couldn’t have been more thrilled.
Thank you to Zhobot for the photography!
We did, however, get a big kick out of taking “family portraits” with family members both near and distant.
I love Tenel Ka and spent a good deal of my childhood wanting to be her best friend. Truth be told, I still want to be so it really was inevitable that I’d do an outfit for her. So maybe the heels make this outfit a little less than rancor riding ready but it was still fun to do. I always loved the descriptions of her lizard hide armour so I wanted to try and invoke that. Also, completely by accident, I seem to have created this ‘asymmetrical top=one arm’ connection in my mind but her determination and her independence are things that I’ve always really admired about her character so I’m certainly not trying to make light of her disability. Honestly, I just think she’s the best. Or was that not apparent yet?
This is also the first of my outfits to feature a nail polish. I’m not really a nail polish aficionado but when I saw this colour in the store, my mind immediately jumped to Tenel Ka. She’s also not really the type to wear nail polish but the way that the colour shifts from a metallic copper to a copper with a greenish tinge. It definitely invoked the mental image of her lizard hide armour. It’s also stayed on rather nicely as of a week later without a top coat.
Asymmetrical Snakeskin Top: BCBG
Snakeskin Jeans: DKNY Jeans
Bamboo Tassel Heels: Gucci
Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Lustre Shine – Plume
Ever wonder what your favourite Star Wars characters might wear if they dressed in our planet’s high fashion looks? Yeah, us too. For this little miniseries, we’ve taken a prominent group in the Star Wars universe and looked through the Pre-Fall 2013 styles to see what those characters might wear. Next up is Tenel Ka Djo, Queen Mother of Hapes and Dathomiri Warrior Badass!
The other half of Tenel Ka’s heritage is decidedly quite different from Dathomir. Hapes is a planet where everything is beautiful and court intrigue is the way of life. Therefore, the Hapes Consortium has a much more couture fashion sense than most of the other planets and that’s even before we consider how they might dress here on Earth. They are a culture that values beauty and in turn also place a fair bit of stock in clothing. Let’s be honest: half the royal court probably sings My Strongest Suit in the morning.
We’ll start with this look from BCBG. While I don’t think Hapans are terribly drawn to colours like black, I do think this pants/top combo would definitely fit right in at the Hapan court. It’s sheer and sexy but doesn’t verge into trashy but instead looks expensive.
Flowing is certainly the name of the game here although in a different way than on Alderaan. These looks by Reem Acra and Badgley Mischka have some seriously yardage in their flowing sleeves.
Colour can be just as important as the cut of a look and I could definitely see purple being rather popular in the court especially amongst those related to the royal family. The looks below by Vera Wang, Just Cavalli, and Emilio Pucci certainly offer a wide range of Hapan styles that would also likely reflect different ages and events.
Of course, because this is a Tenel Ka post, we’re going to take a more specific look at what she might wear in the Hapan fashion vein. I already used Matthew Williamson’s Pre Fall collection in the Dathomir post but I just had to use it again here because I felt like that collection (or at least parts of it) really just was Tenel Ka. The prints of the shirt and the turquoise skirt and the purple jacket read as something that she might lean towards especially when she is still reluctant to embrace that side of her heritage. They are much more casual than most of the other looks featured here but are also a shift away from a more Dathomiri style.
Although Tenel Ka clearly acclimates to being Queen Mother as the years go on, she would be somewhat reluctant to fully embrace the extravagant clothing aspect of the role. Both of these dresses by J. Mendel would certainly fit the bill. The copper colour and texture of the left is reminiscent of lizard hide armour while the dark blue is a bit more subdued while still featuring a more Hapan cut.
Of course, even the Hapans have to go more casual sometimes but Hapan Casual is never anything upscale so try these looks by Elie Saab, Cedric Charlier, and Versace on for size.
Of course, I have to play you out with some evening dresses. On the left, we have a form-fitting dress by Prabul Gurung as a contrast to the more flowing dresses from above and on the right we have a two-toned gown by Jonathan Saunders. Bear with me for this next corny line: The colour change represents the two-faced nature of Hapan court lies and manipulations.
All images taken from Style.com