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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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:

Other Costuming Help Websites

The Padawan’s Guide (This link is resource to brake downs of the Star Wars costumes.)

Star Wars Fit For A Queen (This link is a resource for the costumes of Queen Amidala and her Handmaidens plus more.)

Rebel Legion (this link is a resource for all Rebel Alliance costuming and more.)

501st Legion: Vader’s First (This link is a resource for all Imperial costuming and more.)

The Dented Helmet  (This is a resource for specifically costuming Boba Fett and other Star Wars costumes.)

Maggie’s Costume Site (This link is a resource for written walks through of making several Star Wars costumes.)

Kay-Dee ImageEvent (Kay-Dee has a lot of grate photos of many of the costumes during exhibits.)

Cap-That.Com (This is a resource for good high-quality images of Stat Wars media.)