My Top 10 Costumes That Aren’t Padmé’s

Costume designer Tricia Biggar’s work on the prequels was genius. Of course, a lot of the attention and praise go to her work on Padmé Amidala’s magnificent costumes. She is still the best-dressed character in the film series.

But what about the costumes other characters got to wear? Narrowing it down to just 10 was HARD. Some handmaiden costumes are “disqualified” since Padme wore the same costume in some scenes, especially in TPM. Some, like Bail Organa’s groovy turtleneck senatorial outfit, just missed the cut because the bad guys put in a pretty good show. Here goes:

10. Darth Sidious’s wine colored robe (ROTS)

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The velvet, embroidered robe is a little bit of a departure for Palpatine the politician as well as for Darth Sidious the Sith Lord. Sidious usually prefers basic black while Palpatine the politician hadn’t used such a rich fabric until this scene. I really like it. You’re the Emperor of style as well as the galaxy!

9. Count Dooku AOTC and ROTS

Dooku rates as the most dapper villain in Star Wars to date. His outfit is simple yet impeccably tailored, projecting an image of barely contained evil power and elegance at the same time. The cape is the icing on the Sithly cake.

8. Motée ROTS

They weren’t as noticeable in this movie as in the others but if you pay attention to the handmaidens, they get to wear some beautiful dresses, one of the perks of working for Padmé. I wonder if they raided her closet when she died in ROTS. “Well, she won’t be needing that gown anymore. Say, it just happens to be my size!”

7. Dormé AOTC

Dormé was the most prominent handmaiden in AOTC and as such she got to wear this demure but pretty outfit.

6. Sand People AOTC

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Who would ever pick the Sand People who tortured and killed poor Shmi and got it at the end of Anakin’s lightsaber? The male Sand People are holdovers from ANH, but for the first time we got to see the women and children, and those outfits were amazing, not just for their primitive beauty but also for creating that sense of otherness, of a rough culture apart from the “civilized” galaxy.

5. Anakin AOTC

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Anakin’s padawan Jedi outfit in AOTC demonstrated a young man already rebelling against the norms of the order. Instead of the more subdued tan and beige robes of his compatriots, Anakin went for darker colors and leather tabards. They are hinting at Anakin’s future as Darth Vader without making him look evil or scary. Plus, he looks really good in it.

4. Queen Apailana ROTS

Seen briefly during Padmé’s funeral, Queen Apailana’s elaborate Asian-inspired gown and headdress rivaled anything her predecessor wore in life.

3. Obi-Wan TPM-AOTC-ROTS

Obi-Wan’s hairstyles and facial hair changed from film to film but his Jedi outfit is more or less the same. Demonstrating a loyalty to tradition and norms, his lighter togs somehow are still very manly on him. Plus, those boots!

2. Queen Amidala’s black dress TPM

Now wait a minute, we’re not counting Padmé’s costumes! Ah but you forget, Padmé never actually wears that black dress with the elaborate feather headdress. Sure, Natalie did some publicity shots in the costume–like in the picture–but in the film, Sabé (Keira Knightley) is the only one who wears it. I’ve always loved this dress. I’m drawn to black anyway and the web-like embroidery is beautiful. It’s rare that you can find any kind of costume that’s as forgiving to all body types as this one. Interestingly enough I once saw on the internet a goth who did her own riff on the outfit.

1. Anakin ROTS

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This one is slightly different from the AOTC version and it gives a young adult Anakin a combination of dashing and dangerous. That glove, those boots…so chic.

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20 Responses to “My Top 10 Costumes That Aren’t Padmé’s”

  1. Jacobesico Says:

    I liked Palpatines robe on the Invisible Hand. I loved the symbolism of it. It looked like that was made of dead Elephant skins and I thought it looked pretty ominous.

    Another shoutout goes to hs burgandy rode that he wears while duelling Mace Windu..

  2. lovelucas Says:

    I’ve always loved the costumes of the handmaidens, esp Motée’s but also some of the ones barley shown in the films. Also liked the one worn by Rebecca Jackson Mendoza as Bail Organa’s wife, Breha. It’s nearly criminal that Trisha Biggar was totally dissed and ignored by those who nominate for Oscars – IMO it’s further evidence of how much George is hated in Hollywood.

  3. Spino Says:

    I’ve always loved the Naboo pilot outfit, Especially the helmet! It has the classy look that matches the N-1 so well!

  4. susanbowes Says:

    My favorite costume from the prequels is the one Padme wore when Anakin told her how he felt about her – in front of the fireplace. Her dress was very risqué and reminded me of Leia’s costume in ESB – both showed “a lot” of skin. Wow! Talk about being sexy!

  5. Kim Says:

    Love all the costumes in the prequels. The “Dressing a Galaxy” book is fantastic, especially the deluxe edition. Such a shame Trisha Biggar was never properly recognized for her fantastic work.

  6. Hoggle Says:

    Very nice choices, my top 3 in no order is Anakins RoTS, Dooku & Motée RoTS who wouldn’t of been out of place having one scene revolve around her centre in one kind of senatee or intrigue scene just to add the character’s dress/gown look to stuff more.

  7. timontatooine Says:

    Dooku made me love wearing brown. The prequels are full to bursting with amazing costumes, but his outfit (complete with rancor-hide boots!), Qui-Gon’s Tatooine garb, Nute Gunray’s various robes and mitres, Sly Moore’s shadowcloak, and anything Palpatine wears would be my personal favourites. And everything Padme of course, particularly the classic Queen Amidala get-up and the fireside scene’s “choking dress”.

    • susanbowes Says:

      I’m with you timontatooine. I LOVE that black dress Padme wore when Anakin told her how he feels about her. There’s a nickname her dress got from people in my hometown which I can’t really say here. Let’s just say that her dress made all the guys want Padme passionately. LOL

      • timontatooine Says:

        Haha I don’t doubt it, Susan! I also know several guys who sit up a bit straighter when that scene comes on. (What’s that? No, of course not me! Don’t be so silly…)

      • lazypadawan Says:

        True story…the first time I saw AOTC, the guys were hooting and wolf-whistling once they got a look of Padmé in her strapless leather top.

  8. ladylavinia1932 Says:

    I do wonder what happened to Padme’s wardrobe, following her death.

  9. Hunk a Junk Says:

    Look, you can’t fool me. According to JJ, Kathleen Kennedy and everyone currently running not-Lucasfilm all those “costumes” are CGI. So they can’t be anyone’s favorites because, duh, they don’t actually exist. Who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?

    • susanbowess Says:

      I don’t know about TFA, but the costumes for other SW movies were real. (when Lucas still owned Lucasfilms)

    • lazypadawan Says:

      I guess the ones I’ve seen in person were all optical illusions!

      • susanbowes Says:

        Good answer lazypadawan. 🙂

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        Well, obviously, LP! You may have “seen them” but clearly you were mistaken. Just like everything about the PT, reality is entirely subjective.

      • susanbowes Says:

        Careful Hunk a Junk. LP started this site ya know. Be nice. 🙂

      • Hunk a Junk Says:

        I’m being sarcastic, Susan. (Obviously they costumes are real. Just like there were tons of real, practical effects throughout the PT. But according to haters and, apparently, the people who now run the company George founded, there was nothing physical made for the PT because they made such a BIIIIIIGGG deal about how they were “going back to practical effects” for TFA.)

      • susanbowess Says:

        I get ya. I don’t pay any attention to what the haters say though. They’re a bunch of jerks.

  10. Jacobesico Says:

    I know that this is Padmé but the Queen Amidala Throne Room gown has to be for me, the most iconic costume of the Prequel Trilogy and I just love that red.

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