Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Princess Leia


Welcome to the seventeenth Star Wars ComLINKS! Star Wars ComLINKS is the very first monthly link up centered around a galaxy far, far away. The purpose of this link up is to inspire fans to write/talk about various topics (which are assigned each month) pertaining to our favorite fandom. Each link up will take place on the second Wednesday of every month. You will be able to share a link to your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. on a special widget here on AAHA and also view other posts from fans!

The Topic for February is "Princess Leia" and begins today through February 22nd!

She was and always will be everyone's favorite Princess. February is the month of love and what better way to celebrate than showcasing our love for Princess Leia? However you choose to remember her by is up to you, whether that be sharing your favorite Princess Leia scene, talking about the time you met Carrie Fisher, showcasing a cosplay or even your special collection of her worshipfulness.

GUIDELINES

1) Your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. does NOT have to be SW related.
2) Your entry must be family-friendly.
3) Please include a link to (or mention) "Star Wars ComLINKS" in your entry and don't forget to use the hashtag #starwarscomlinks when applicable!





In 2015, I did a series talking about my favorite outfits that Padme Amidala wore in each of the Prequel films (TPM, AOTC, and ROTS). Since this month's Star Wars Comlinks is all about Princess Leia, I thought it would be fun to feature my favorite outfits she wore.

Obviously, choosing outfits from Leia's wardrobe wasn't as much of a challenge compared to Padme's. In fact, I already had my two top picks as soon as I started writing this post. Can you guess which ones they are?


DIPLOMATIC GOWN

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"...In the end, we went with Ralph McQuarrie's design. The costume was made from crepe de chine, a thin, lightweight silk that was comfortable for Carrie Fisher. The loosely shaped gown featured the oversized hood of a nun and large open-cut sleeves. Even Leia's neck is hidden under a turtleneck collar, a detail added after John Mollo's propsed lower-cut neckline was rejected. The all white silk ensemble was a symbol of the character's purity."
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy





No one could ever wear this gown quite like Princess Leia did. To me, it's part of who she is. Though perfectly plain, it has a certain angelicness about it which made it stand out among every other individual wearing dark space-like garments. It's special to me because it was the first live-action film I ever saw where the Princess was also a hero. She was confident, poised, and got in on the action when necessary and she did it all in this gown.

For more photos of this gown, click here.


BESPIN GOWN

"This new, more feminine outfit was a departure from Leia's Military-inspired Hoth costumer. The signature embroidery on the cloak was done by hand. Countless hours went into the work, despite being relatively obscured by the way the cloak draped on screen. Such details were peripheral on screen, but they gave Star Wars costumes a feeling of authenticity. Leia's dinner dress was the closest we ever got to 'spacey' costumes."
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy





I have always dreamed of wearing this outfit, especially the cloak, which I think is nothing but timeless. It has such an ethereal appearance making it perfect for someone of royalty. I also love this gown because it's such a sweet reminder of when Leia finally came to a point of acceptance of her attraction to Han and was, for the first time, comfortable amidst his presence. I know I'm not the only one who melted during their tender moment on Cloud City, right? Fun fact: When I was a kid, I gathered what pieces I had that resembled this outfit and even wore my hair up in a bun and braids for one of my brother's Star Wars parties!


For more photos of this gown, click here.


Now it's your turn! Which outfits of Leia's are your favorites?

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