As movie costumes go, it was both small and fleeting, occupying only two minutes of screen time in Return of the Jediwhich many call the weakest of the original Star Wars films. But nearly a quarter-century later, Princess Leia's slave-girl costume occupies a unique position in pop culture and shows no signs of slipping. Click here for more photos from Leia fansKnockoffs of the golden bikini are a staple of science fiction and comic book conventions.
The sequence with the giant bloated Jabba the Hut is a not-even-concealed Orientalist harem fantasy, complete with desert, chuckling dissipated bloated pasha and hapless princess decked out in fetishwear and chains. The dissonance is startling and stomach-churning. Obviously, a good part of the motivation for the slave Leia costume had to have been fan-service.
Please refresh the page and retry. H owever there was a narrative behind that bikini which meant it was imbued with a more empowering message than some of those sultry film stills might suggest. And then I took it off.
She originally "wanted 25 yards of fabric to be flowing through the scene", but couldn't make it work. The outfit was first developed in sketches by Rodis-Jamero, assistant art director of visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back and the Return of the Jedi costume designer. The fact that [Leia's costume is] such a female sensual costume, I think is terrific. Bergey drawings of women in metal bikinis that served as putative armors.
She originally "wanted 25 yards of fabric to be flowing through the scene", but couldn't make it work. The outfit was first developed in sketches by Rodis-Jamero, assistant art director of visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back and the Return of the Jedi costume designer. The fact that [Leia's costume is] such a female sensual costume, I think is terrific.
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Besides the fact she had to wear it, her face and body are almost always associated with it. But for a costume that appears briefly in one movie, it does open a mixed bag of feelings for Fisher, the people who worked on Return of the Jedi set, and the fans who covet it. The bikini was inspired in part by the work of Frank Frazetta, an artist who designed covers for comics such as the Buck Rogers series, along with movie posters.
Like me, she was delighted to see Rey Daisy Ridley at the center of the promotional clip. And the costume has become culturally iconic in a way that has slipped loose from the context of the scenes in which Leia wore it and the things she does after she is forced into the outfit. Fisher herself was frank about how she felt the scene functioned in the movie. The only way they knew to make the character strong was to make her angry.
Leia's infamous metal bikini costume is something I honestly said I'd never wear. I felt I couldn't wear it because it just wasn't a costume that suited my looks, and I generally do not feel comfortable in revealing clothing. So why did I finally give it a try?
Overat the moment. And a verified account with a fancy blue checkmark. This was before I attended conventions, so every year I tried to make an amazing Halloween costume and then win as many contests as possible. I would go from bar to bar, sometimes three in one night, planning out my evening according to when they had their contests.