Aesthetic Influences Part-3: Attack of the Clones: Padme Lake Dress

The Lake dress that Padme wears in Attack of the Clones is one of light flowing material, notably the beauty of the multi color ombre dyeing makes the gown even more stunning. Though like most of the posts in this series there is no proof that this gown was influential in the designing of Padme’s lake Dress, however, the pink and yellow light fabric seems to share a similar aesthetic.

The Valantino Gown is a vintage gown which we have not been able to find much on, however, it dose share similarities in fabric and color, light fabric has a flouting quality in both dresses. the gradient pink and yellow also are shared, however, the order is in reversed, Padme’s dress has yellow on top and pink on the bottom fading into other colors.

Attack of the Clones: Padmé Meadow Picnic Dress Underskirt Fabric Colors

Padmé’s Meadow Picnic Dress from [Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones,] has a complicated underskirt to figure out. Photo’s from The Padawan’s Guide suggests that the underskirt is a multi colored pastel skirt of sheer fabric.

 

(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Image from Padawan’s Guide, Exhibit Photos, Breakdown Photos) (Left Image adjusted to show the colors brighter, Right Image original)

The three distinct colors that can for sure be seen in the above photo are pale pink, pale yellow, and pale green. These are similar to the colors that appear in the ribbons on the sleeves of the dress, so it’s possible that the same colors that appear in the ribbons also appear in the underskirt.

A close examination of photos from the movie and promo stills from The Padawan’s Guide, shows that there are visible colors underneath the gold/yellow over-skirt. The photo below shows a distinctive pink color to the underskirt.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Pink Is Clearly Visible In This Photo)
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(AOTC: Padmè: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Pink Is Clearly Visible In This Photo)

The photo below shows the underskirt as having both pink and yellow in it distinctively.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Pink And Yellow Are Clearly Visible In This Photo)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Underskirt Colors) (Pink And Yellow Are Clearly Visible In This Photo)

The ribbons appear to be light green, pale green, pale pink, pale yellow and pale cream-yellow all in pastel colors.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Dress: Sleeve Ribbon Colors)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Meadow Picnic Dress: Sleeve Ribbon Colors) (Note: That There Are Two Colors of Yellow and Two Colors of Green)

One fan made costume took what appears to be the approach of making the underskirt with pastel colors fading into one another stripped diagonally across the skirt. (Note: that in the second photo below, with the over-skirt down, the fan made costume looks very slimier to the photos of the actual meadow picnic dress. With fain colors showing through the gold/yellow over-skirt.)

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(AOTC: Padmé: Fan Made Costume: Meadow Picnic Dress: Underskirt Colors)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Fan Made Costume And Real Costume: Meadow Picnic Dress: Underskirt Colors)
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(AOTC: Padmè: Fan Made Costume And Real Costume: Meadow Picnic Dress: Underskirt Colors)

It appears that the direction of the pastel colors of the underskirts run more or less vertically.

(Note: The Padawan’s Guide says that “the skirt is only two layers of fabric. However, there is so much fabric that it may look like there are more layers then there actually are.)

The Dressing the Galaxy book, says that something like 50 yards of fabric where used in the making of the over-skirt. There is some debate on whether 50 yards could actually have been used. However, as it is a very tightly pleated skirt made out of very thin sheer fabric, 50 yards is not unrealistic, for this skirt. whether using 50 or 10 yards of fabric the underskirt should have the same volume as the over-skirt, a lot of fabric will be needed, in either case.

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Attack Of The Clones: Review: Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, Gold/Gold

Summery:

This products is simple to use, the color is a dark mat gold with a metallic gold thread accent. The product is good quality and is what you would expect from a crochet thread, the only con is with a lot of unraveling the gold metallic thread comes away from the base thread.

Products Pros:

  • Easily accessible
  • Affordably ($3.50, roughly)
  • Easy to use
  • Color seems accurate to movie

Products Cons:

  • Metallic Thread comes unwound with a lot of unraveling so if you need to restart your project several times this can be an issue.

Review:

Using Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread in Gold/Gold, is simple and very much like using any other crochet thread. The only complaints that can be maid about using the thread is that if you have to unravel your crochet several time, (3 or more) then the metallic gold thread will start unwinding from the old gold colored crochet thread base. This makes it more difficult to have a nice finished look and the metallic thread can get tangled on the hook and makes it difficult to crochet. However, if you don’t have to unravel your crochet thread, multiple times, it seems to be fine. The crochet thread is affordable and for the purposes of making Padmé’s bun covers only one skein is required. Be advised, while crocheting the thread can get twisted so much that it starts twisting in on itself, however, this seems to be more of a problem with the technique of crocheting instead of a product defect.

Star Wars Application:

Padmé’s meadow picnic bun covers in Attack of the Clones, the thread appears to be roughly the right gauge and color to the movie.

Materials: AOTC: Padme Meadow Picnic Bun Cover Yarn.

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(Images By; DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars)

Aunt Lydias Crochet Thread is a grate option for making Padme’s meadow picnic bun covers. The color is a dark gold/yellow with metallic gold thread running through it much like the thread used in the movies.

Note: working with this thread is fairly simple, however, it is important to know that unraveling the project a lot will cause the metallic thread to come away from the gold/yellow base. Also note that this thread will wind up on itself. 

Level of Difficulty: = Padawan

  • Youngling
  • Padawan
  • Senior Padawan
  • Jedi Knight
  • Jedi Master
  • Jedi Council Member
  • Grand Master Jedi Council
  • Force Ghost

Amidala for DIY Galaxy found the thread featured in the pictures at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics, however, it can also be found online at other stores.

Attack of the Clones: Pamde Geonosis Battle Arena Bun

Part:

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(Padme has a center part)

Padme’s hairstyle has a center part on the top of her head, but no back part, the rest of her hair is pulled back into a low small bun on her base of her neck.

Hair Piece Over Bun:

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(Small Bun Under Hair Piece)

Padme’s real hair, which it actually about shoulder length, is wrapped into a small bun that is tightly pinned at the base of her neck and has a hairnet of a matching dark color placed over it. Over top of that small bun the hair piece is place, this is made out of coils of hair that have been wrapped around a flexible base. This hair piece is attacked to the small bun and the coils are bent around the small bun.

Bun Coil Shape:

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(Flatter Shape of Bun After Action)

Sometimes the bun is flattened a little, this appeaser to be from action as most of the time the bun appears rounded.

Padme Bun 2.2
(Rounded Shape of Bun)

Height of Bun:

Padme Bun 3.2
(The height of the bun)

The height of the bun rests below or roughly inline with the middle of the back of her head, a rough measurement is the top of the bun should be in line with or blow the bottom outer corner of the eyebrow. The bottom of the bun falls roughly in line with the her bottom lip.

Bun Width:

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(Bun Width)

Padme’s bun is slightly narrower then the back of her head,

Number of Coils to Bun:

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(Bun coils)

It appears that Padme’s bun coils in this image are about 7 separate coils, these coils are intertwined through each other and form into soft ovals, slightly rounder shapes and a few narrow ovals. Some are more ex-stream then others with number 2 in the image, highlighted by the orange, bent almost in half with a curved edge where it is bend around the small bun.

Things You’ll Need:

 

Star Wars Franchise: Working With Synthetic Braiding Hair

Hair is one of the most stunning pieces of costuming in the Star Wars franchise, however, sometimes working with synthetic hair can be difficult. Here are some suggestions that might make working with synthetic hair easier.

Why Synthetic Hair?:

Synesthetic hair is a better option for making hair pieces for achieve Star Wars hair styles then human hair in most cases. Often times human hair is unethically sourced so avoiding it is a good idea, unless you know it’s origins. That said, if your human hair can he ethically sourced then it can also work well, however, it is always going to be a less affordable option.

Some articles that break down the ethical issues of  human hair extensions

Synthetic hair is also more affordable, for many of the hairstyles in Star Wars a lot of hair is required, and that can become very expensive. Synthetic hair like Kenekalon Braiding Hair and other brands like it are typically a more affordable option when buying a lot of hair. Synesthetic hair can also hold up longer then human hair when taken care of

Another alternative to human hair is horse hair, buying horse hair extensions, they are less affordable and depending on the sealer may also be unethically sourced. However, as an option, the hair is natural and looks so.

Weight, real human hair can be heavy, synthetic hair is often times lighter weight then real hair and can be worn longer because of this.

Styling products, when styling with synthetic hair, styling products such as hair spray or moose, are not needed, because the hairs are all the same length unless altered there are few if any fly-always that need to be smoothed.

Hair Color:

When using synesthetic hair for a costuming it can be hard to find a matching color, this is partly due to the fact that natural hair is not one color, humans have several different colors making up teach individuals hair including high-light and low-lights. Synesthetic hair is typically one color, and it’s hard to match and make it look natural right out of the package. For a more natural look blending 2 too 3 colors of hair together will help, see video for tutorial on blending. (Note: for making hair look more natural, using more of the base color and chose a smaller amount of your high-lights and low-lights.)

Hair Texture:

2 of the main textures for synesthetic hair are natural or yaki and silky, both will work great, however, most Star Wars hairstyles in the movies use a silky finish, this is not as important when doing a hairstyle such as Classic Leia (a.k.a Political Gown Leia), however, most of the headdresses that Queen Amidala wears require silky hair finish to be used, such as her Red Invasion Gown headdress.

Tangling:

Synesthetic hair can tangle easily, so to untangle it start by brushing or combing depending on the need, at the ends and slowly working up the tail of the hair. Starting at the top and going to the ends will only make the tangling worse and more difficult to get out. Sometimes using fingers to come the hair can be easier then a brush, and if using a brush a wig brush would probably work better then a normal hair brush. For general untangling and styling a wide toothed come works grate.

Washing:

For some people synthetic hair can be itchy right out of the package, to remove the coating the hair comes with make a bath or water and vinegar and let the hair sock a while, then rinse and let dry. This processes might be easiest if the hair is still in its loosely braided form that it comes in right out of the package.

 

Storing:

Storing the synthetic hair for reuse, put a fabric covered elastic at the center of the hair bundle and loosely braid the hair. Coil the braid into a circle and place inside a hairnet. See Alexa Poletti’s video on storing wigs.

Resources:

Attack Of The Clones: Padmé’s Fireside/Black Corset/Dinner Gown Hairstyle

In Attack of the clones, Padmé wears a black corseted dress for dinner with Anakin and then after by the fireside. With this dress Padmé’s hair is done in a elegant but fairly simple style. Like with all Star Wars hairstyles this one will require some hairpieces, to make the twisted coils that wrap around the braid. (See Myths about Star Wars Hairstyles)

Breakdown:

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Center Part)

Padmé wears a center part with this hair style, however, it ends on the top of her head, there is no back part to this hairstyle.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: No Back Part)

The front of Padmé’s hairstyle is sodtly swept back from the center part into the twist that starts just above the ear. The front is soft and allowed to swoop downto just cover the tops of her ears.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Hairstyle:)

Side Twists:

Padm’s hair is twisted back away from her face on both sides, the twist stars roughly an inch or so above eyebrow  high. The twits is roughly an 1 1/2″ or so in width, and rolled tightly until gathered at the base of her neck into one tail.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Side Twist)
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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Side Twist)

The twist that Padmé wears on both sides of her head follow the base line of her hairline in the back, they also start roughly right around the top of the ears.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Twist Starts Before Ear)

The Tail:

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Three Strand Braid)

The tail of Padmé hairstyle is a simple 3 strand braid, the braiding ends roughly mid shoulder-blade on Padmé which is also roughly about where the crease of her arm occurs.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Twisted Coil Wraps Around Hair)

Wrapped around the outside of Padmé’s braid is a twisted coil of hair, (this is a secondary hair piece that is added and no part of her natural hair, note the difference in color.) The twisted coil that wraps around the outside of Padmé’s braid stars at the base of her skull where the beginning of 3 strand braid starts and stops at the end of the braid as well. The twisted coil appears to be braided in a three strands braid manner, using the braid as the middle strand.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Three Hidden Elastic Under Twisted Coil)

Padmé’s three strand braid is likely secured by a small elastic, and this is covered by the end of the twisted coil.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Tail Of The Hairstyle Is Loose And Curled)

The end on Padmé hairstyle hangs loose from roughly mid shoulder blade, the very end of the tail also has a but of a curl.

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(AOTC: Padmé Fireside Gown Hairstyle: Braid Length)

The tail of Padmé’s hairstyle ends roughly elbow length.

Things You Will Need:

  • Brush & Comb
  • Synthetic Braiding Hair
  • Felxi Rode Curlers
  • Hair Elastics
  • Hair Pins

 

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Prequel Trilogy: Padmé Curls

Padmé has many hair styles thrghout the Prequel Trilogy, often when Padmé’s hair isn’t in an official style she wears it hair in curls. Padmé’s curls are usually medium to small size curls that fall in soft romantic rings, it is also important to note that Padmé also has different kinds of curl patterns depending on the outfit. Studying reference images helps to get an idea of what kind of curl patterns are needed. Like with all costuming, study the reference images for proportion, and adjust to fit your own unique features from there is one of the best places to start.

See larger size images on the DIY Galaxy Tumblr:

(Attack of the Clones)

 

 

 

 

(Revenge of the Sith)

 

 

 

 

How To Curl Hair:

There are a lot of different method to curling hair, the main two being heat and heartless curls. If you have naturally curly hair you may want to change your curl pattern, (the natural way your hair curls,) to one more similar to Padmé.

Helpful Tips:

Before curling your hair some tips that can help, use a product in your hair such as, moose, curling serum, or hair spray. Also consider using hairspray on the curls after the curls are finished forming.

When curling hair, wrap the curl on the wand or the roller in the opposite direction every other curl, (curl 1 away from the face, curl 2 towards the face ext.) This helps prevent the curls from tangling together and helps keep them more defined as separate curls.

When using a heat tool using a heat protective product can help keep the heat tool from damaging your hair.

Curling Wand/Heat Curls:

Heatless Curls:

Wig Caps:

Images From: The Padawans Guide & Cap-That.com

Attack Of The Clones: Beru Whitesun/(Lars): Hairstyle

The hairstyle that Beru wears in [Attack of the Clones] is a fairly simple hairstyle, of three buns. (Note: Whitesun is Beru’s maiden name 🙂 )

(Note: that all of these estimations on positioning this hairstyle may have to be adjusted for each individual Beru, this is a guide to help with the positioning)

Hair Part:

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(AOTC: Beru: Center Part)

Beru has a center part that runs to the back of the top of her head, the part does not go down the back of her head.

Small Side Buns:

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(AOTC: Beru: Side Part For Small Bun)

Beru’s hair is parted from in front of the ears up to the center front part on top of her head, this triangle of hair becomes the small side buns.

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(AOTC: Beru: Front Rope Braid)

The front forelock section of Beru’s hair, (the part in front of the ears,) appears to be rope braided away from the face  until just in front of the ears, the tail of the braid is done in a three strand, (or English,) braid.

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(AOTC: Beru: Small Coiled Side Bun)

The three strand braid is then coiled into a small flat bun, the braids is coiled over itself and there are layers to the coiling. The little coiled bun is roughly set centered above the ear,  the bottom edge of the coiled bun is roughly just above the eyebrows. The top edge of the side bun as shown with the pink link in the picture, is above the front hairline, it also goes up onto the top of Beru’s head a little.

(Note: that the height of eyebrows is not going to be the same on each Beru and there for close examination of the proportion in the photos will be helpful when trying to place Beru’s side buns)

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(AOTC: Beru: Small Side Coiled Bun Height)
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(AOTC: Beru: Small Side Coiled Bun Height)

Back Bun:

Beru has a three strand, or (English,) braid that is coiled into a bun on the back of her head. The bun is centered on the back of her head, the top edge of her bun is roughly in line with her hairline or a little bit above it. The bottom edge of the back bun lines up roughly underneath Beru’s nose.

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(AOTC: Beru: Back Bun Height)
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(AOTC: Beru: Small Side Coiled Bun Height)

In the back bun a bit of the braids tail can be seen in some of the pictures, but not all of them.

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(AOTC: Beru: Small Side Coiled Bun Height)

Things You’ll Need:

Images From: Cap-That.com

Twi’lek’s: Part 6: Orn Free Taa

Twi’lek’s are some of the oldest and best loved aliens in Star Wars; they are also some of the most varied in representation within the movies and TV shows. This post is part of a series braking down Twi’lek’s from the movies and TV shows.

What Is Orn Free Taa?:

Compared to all other Twi’lek’s, whether for the Original Trilogy, Prequel Trilogy, or in any of the other Star Wars media, Orn Free Taa is drastically different then all the others. 

Fingers:

Where all other Twi’leks from both the original and prequel trilogies, as well as all other Star Wars media, have five fingers. Orn Free Taa has three, this is never explained as to way. Below is a picture of Orn Free Taa next to Cham Syndulla, it is very clear that Cham, a typical male Twi’lek, had four fingers and a thumb and Orn Free Taa has three and a thumb.

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(SWTCW:S1:Ep 21: Orn Free Taa Three Fingers)

Lekku:

Where all other Twi’lek’s represented in Star Wars media have two Lekku, Orn Fee Taa has four; two that hang on either side of his face and over his shoulders, and two that hang down his back like regular Lekku.

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(SWTCW: S1:Ep22: Orn Free Taa Four Lekku)

Ears:

Orn free Taa has humanoid ears like other male Twi;leks, however, his are much smaller then any of the other male Twi’lek’s, strangely small in fact. This goes for his live action movie as well as the cartoon.

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(SWTCW:S1:Ep22: Orn Free Taa Ears Are Smaller The Normal)
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(Orn Free Taa: Small Ears) (Image From: Unknown)

Similarities To Other Twi’lek’s:

Orn Fee Taa has pointed teeth, yellow eyes, regular body color and skin patterning, he also has pointed humanoid ears, however, as mentioned above, they are much smaller then other Twi’lek’s ears.

So why these differences? A theory could be just about anything, elective surgery, a terrible accident, born with a birth defect? We may never know, whatever the story is, it has got to be interesting.

The Most likely reason for Orn Free Taa looking this way and the differences from other Twi’lek’s is what they say about the character. All costumes and character desinges tell us something about them, Orn Free Traa is no exception. The idea behind his character is excess, he has excess in everything about him, even down to having twice as many Lekku.

(Send a link to any fan fictions about why Orn Free Taa does not look like other Twi’lek’s by leaving a comment on this post with a link or a message on the DIY Galaxy Tumblr. Love to see them 🙂 )