Updated: Sep 26, 2019
Let's be honest. Every costumer geek knows something about the costumes of Star Wars. They're iconic. I personally fell in love with every costume she wore. As a little girl on Halloween, I wanted to dress up like her, and my first cosplay that I worked on was the black dress she wore in Attack of the Clones.
So what am I doing here? This post is purely a love letter to the costumes of Padme Amidala. It was her beautiful dresses that sparked much of my interest in costume design, and to this day, I remain in awe of the artistry that went into designing her wardrobe.
Star Wars I Phantom Menace
Left : Padme's throne room dress is the first gown we see her in, and in my opinion, is the most iconic costume she wears. It draws on influences from Asia and Russia.
Middle: Chiffon was used to cover her hair to make the ghost like appearance.
Right: It consisted of three layers, mixing taffeta and silk fabrics harmoniously. The headdress was made from copper, with gold plating and dainty jewels. Imagine how heavy this robe and headdress would be! Her outfit is taken straight from Mongolian royalty.
Padme's battle uniform is a well-thought out piece of work. It is pretty practical and is cut on uniform lines without becoming unregal or unfeminine.
The handmaid dress is a simple mix of medieval and middle eastern styles with deceptively plain cut and draping made rich and deep by the warm color variations.
This outfit is strongly influenced by the Japanese Kimono
There are 250 individual petals on the cape of this dress. All the sewing and fabric dyeing was done by hand.
Concept artist Iain McCaig said “I designed a parasol-like collar that almost makes her look like an angel.”
Star Wars II Attack Of The Clones
May I introduce you to another one of my favorite costumes? Padme wears this in her second appearance in Attack of the Clones when she meets Anakin and Obi-Wan for the first time in ten years. It is regal, but alluring, with simple lines and intensely detailed fabric. It draws on Elizabethan styles, but incorporates African styles with the reed choker and headpiece.
This dress is one of my favorite Padme dresses, and I am forever in love with it. The soft gray sleeves, caught up in delicate silver bands, the structured bodice of deep blue velvet fastened with an elaborate brocade panel, shimmery rough blue silk of the deeply gathered skirt...it's just beautiful. This is a outfit I wish to create in the near future.
The refuge dress has a very strong Spanish/Moorish influence. The delicate lace veil, the deep vivid colors, and prints of Mediterranean culture are designs we rarely see on Padme.
This outfit Padme wore when visiting her parents on Naboo. It is in a cut scene.
This is another one of my favorites of hers. The graduated color tones that have been dyed, the flowing fabric. I want to make this as well.
Padme's gorgeous meadow dress, from Attack of the Clones. It's a beautiful gown with elaborate embroidery and embellishment, and was so fragile that Natalie Portman had to be carried up the meadow so it wouldn't be harmed!
Padme's Fireside dress. It's very sexy and risque for Padme, but It's beautiful. This was the costume I completed for my first cosplay piece.
It's long, and flowing, and quite simple but with nice details in the belt and sleeve embroidery.
The outfit when visiting the Lars Residence.
This outfit is the outfit she wore when Anakin returned from killing the Tuskens.
In Attack of the Clones Padme goes incognito. This is really a pretty practical uniform, and very futuristic with it's incorporated wire bust support (no need for a bra).
Padme's wedding dress is gorgeous and has an almost 1920's look in it's beading and cut. Her veil is gorgeous and yet unique, making it memorable but in an enchanting way. I love how the embellishment on the sleeve is set against a chiffon so sheer that it is nearly invisible.
I read somewhere with this dress, they found a very old fashioned bedding, and created this masterpiece .
Star Wars III Revenge Of The Sith
Padme's nightgown, which is a sort of Greecean draped garment in blue satin.
When Padme became pregnant in The Revenge of the Sith, she was clothed in heavy draping garments to disguise her condition, and the camera usually lingered around her face. So we see less detail in the bodices and waists of her clothing, but some very lovely touches around her neck. Take for example this high, severe collar, softened by the gathered velvet and embroidered cloak.
Padme' wears this outfit when she ventures off to Mustafar to confront Anakin about what Obi-Wan had told her.
Padme's funeral gown, in a very short scene during which she is in her coffin. It is a gorgeous dress, and the ripples of the water effect are hauntingly beautiful.
Concept Art for Padme's Dresses
Star Wars Costume Exhibit
I've never attended the exhibit, but I would love to!