For me, I envy the layering and shapes of Obi Wan Kinobi's hooded cloaks, leading me to search for oversized woolen coats that skim the floor. The costumes of the Star Wars franchise have not only had an impact on my wardrobe but on the fashion industry as a whole.
‘Star Wars: Episode VI - A New Hope’ - WHAT. A. FILM. Released over forty years ago in 1977, the plot, the special effects, the intergalactic characters and the costume are, well, out of this world. (It had to be done.) The original costume designer, John Mollo, won an Oscar for his work on the first two films. Having been given the challenging task from writer George Lucas of not only designing clothes for a fantasised extraterrestrial dimension, Mollo also had to make them highly original. Mollo created a graceful, fantastical collection for the franchise that had an influence reaching outside of just film. Luke Skywalker’s matching cream kimono and trousers were paired with Rick Owens-esque footwear. Han Solo’s tactical vest, knee high black boots, and black trousers with a stripe down the side can be seen on many a female Bristol uni student. Obi Wan Kinobi’s hooded cloak is similar to something Rei Kawakubo would design for Comme Des Garcons and Princess Leia’s cream coloured all in one could have come straight from the OFF WHITE runway.
In an interview back in 2015, Northern Irish designer JW Anderson spoke on how “If we ever go futuristic in a collection, there is always a Star Wars reference, even if it’s not actually on the moodboard.” Rodarte’s AW14 show saw Star Wars characters printed onto silk dresses, whilst Triton’s Fall AW14 included a monochrome armoured garment resembling a storm trooper. Oversized silhouettes were a focus for Vetements SS16, making a direct ode to Mollo’s design. A mass of material and it’s rippling effect gave models a look of extraterrestrial weightlessness, the Princess Leia’s of the catwalk, whilst cloaks were prints made up of the film's characters, making the inspiration clear.
So how do you add some Star Wars into your wardrobe? Or is it already there without you knowing? Inspirations from the Jedi include laced up combat boots or tan coloured desert boots as well as all in one lighter coloured outfits combined with a darker belt. Moving over to the ‘Dark Side’, personally I have an obsession/problem with only wearing black clothes and you can channel your inner Darth Vader by doing the same. Chewbacca fur is never out the question either.
Cover Image: Vetements