starwars.com posted a piece on Queen Amidala’s iconic throne room costume from TPM:
The dress may have been a huge part of our first look at one of the major players behind the story of Star Wars, but it also introduced the first inklings of an aesthetic that fans could expect, hinting at the intricacies of new planets and wild new character designs that we had never seen before. For this writer, the iconic throne room costume was a first look at the wonders of Naboo, a complex new world in unexamined territory that only the pages of Legends stories had begun to imagine at the time. The bold red and gold of the costume are celebrated in real-life Chinese culture as a hue that represents good luck, joy, vitality, and recognition; that translated to a new kind of hope in the galaxy for the 10-year-old who first laid her eyes on Queen Amidala at a Scholastic book fair in 1999. Watching her gaze at the rooftops of Theed in one of the early TV spots, the bulbs of her dress gleaming in the sunlight, made her look exactly as Leia had once described her — kind, but sad.