Friday, December 11, 2015

Star Wars and the power of Costume [Scary Photos]

The costume of the Jedi had an immediate effect on the actors who wore them, and influenced their portrayals. The success of the lightsaber, the signature weapon of the Jedi and Sith, is achieved through the combination of cutting-edge sound and visual effects, the actor's extensive sword training and careful choreography. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News).

Darth Sidious, the evil Dark Lord of the Sith who becomes Emperor of the Galactic Empire, wears the instantly recognizable black-hooded shape that was established in the first trilogy. For the prequels, actor Ian McDiarmid used the original neck brooch, which had been carefully stored in the archives. Darth Sidious's costume barely changes or develops throughout the saga. It was remade for "The Phantom Menace" in a very similar cloth and pattern. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News).

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The child costume was worn by the young Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader, at the end of Episode I. Beside it is the Jedi Knight ensemble of his son, Luke Skywalker, the hero in black is an unconventional choice — perhaps representing Luke's inner conflict and the temptation to join his father on the dark side. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News).

Darth Maul, the terrifying villain of Episode I, wears black, layered, kimono-style underrobes. The costume has varying lengths of split tabs, allowing for a great deal of movement during his extensive, complex fight sequences. Its many shoulder-to-ankle circular pieces were pleated, creating a narrow silhouette when motionless. In combat, however, they swirl out into a fully circular shape, like a fabric Shuriken (Ninja blade) cutting through the air. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News).

Amidala's Episode I Senate Gown is a bounty of luxurious fabrics. The loose-fitting robe was made in a velvet fabric decorated with bronze metallic, organza, enhanced with seed pearls on the collar and cuff facings. The underdress of silk taffeta was constructed using layers of pleated panels heavily decorated with antique beads. The Mongolian-inspired headdress was made in copper using an electro-forming technique and then gold plated. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

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