The Last Command: Leia’s Flame Vest

The Heir To The Empire or Thrawn Trilogy was turned into a comic adaptation in the 1990’s. In the The Last Command, the 3rd part of that comic adaptation, Leia appears in a vest outfit very similar to her Bespin outfit from The Empire Strikes Back. I’m naming this outfit from the comics Leia’s Flame Vest outfit, because it has similarities to both Leia’s Bespin vest outfit and that coloration of Padme’s Flame handmaiden outfit from The Phantom Menace.

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(The Last Command: Leia’s Flame Vest)

Translating Cartoon To Reality:

When translating an outfit from drawn image to reality it is important to look at it as not a direct translation. A direct copy will end up looking cartnoonish, and if that is not the intention for the outfit then it will not have the desired effect. Keeping an eye towards proportion will help avoid a cartoonish look, however, this also requires interpretation about proportions comic characters are not proportional to real humans. That said the comic still provides good guide lines for how the end product should turn out.

It is also important to note that when a outfit is being rendered in the drawn medium that both highlights and low lights are used to give definition to the character. (Especially in clothing that is black in color, since it would be very hard to show any kind of definition in black colored cloths without them.) However, these high and low lights are not meant to represent the kind of fabric the outfit is made out of.

When translating an outfit decisions about where seems go, and specific details have to be made without much help from the source images as often they are not a detail that is shown. However, with this particular outfit, since it is so close in design to Leia’s Bespin Vest outfit using the details from that outfit for Leia’s Flame Vest would work well.

Fabric:

The Bespin outfit the Leia wears in TESB is made out of Crepe de Chine silk, it seems likely that this outfit too would be made out of a similar fabric. Avoiding shiny fabrics is a good idea, shiny fabrics are rarely used in Star Wars.

It is also important to note that when a outfit is being rendered in the drawn medium that both highlights and low lights are used to give definition to the character. (Especially in clothing that is black in color, since it would be very hard to show any kind of definition in black colored cloths without them.) However, these high and low lights are not meant to represent the kind of fabric the outfit is made out of.

Vest:

Vest Collar & Yoke:

TLC3 Vest Collar 2

(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest: Collar Is Red)

Similarity to Leia’s Bespin vest, the collar on Leia’s Flame Vest is a semi Mandarin collar, it seems to be fairly blunt in some of the pictures, however, the more detailed pictures suggest that the collar has a slight curing at the very ends. Leia’s vest collar dose not come up past her jaw, instead stopped half way up her neck, similar in proportion to Leia’s Bespin vest collar. The collar on Leia’s Flame Vest is a deep red color.

TLC6 Manderin Collar 2

(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest: Collar)

Leia Vest Inspired

(TESB: Bespin Leia Vest Collar & Yoke)

The Yoke of Leia’s Flame Vest is burnt sunset yellow, the the yoke is similar is proportion and construction to Leia’s Bespin Vest. The soft diamond shape appears in the front and back of  the yoke on Leia’s vest is the same in both Leia’s Flame and Bespin Vests.

TLC1 Vest Level With Belt

Vest Body:

The body of the Flame Vest is deep red, and the construction appears like the Bespin vest. The red fabric is pleated or gathered which allows for a fuller skirt to the vest, see the pink arrows for the gathering. It’s likely pleated like the Bespin vest.

TLC1 Vest Pleets

The arm howl for the vest ends roughly around the top of the elbow, the arm opening appears to be oval or circular. Like with Leia’s Bespin Vest, the vest likely falls to around Leia’s ankles.

TLC1 Vest Arm Level With BeltTLC3 Sleeve Arm Vest

Dress:

The Color of the dress Leia wears under the Flame Vest seems to be char coal grey

Neck:

TLC2 Boat Neck Black DressThe neckline for the dress that Leia wears with the Flame Vest has a boat neckline,  

Sleeves:

TLC3 Sleeve LengthThe sleeves of the dress are strait sleeves, with a cropped length, they are longer then 3/4, however, they are not full length sleeves.

Dress Body:

TLC3 Pleeted SkirtThe skirt of Leia’s dress is sleeted or gathered, the dress falls most likely to her ankles, the dress also appears to have an A line or slightly wide skirt. It appears that Leia is wearing a fabric covered leather diamond shaped belt similar to her Bespin belt. However, it also appears that the waistline for this dress is a V shape where the gathered skirt it attacked, the bodice appearing to be fitted similarly to the Bespin tunic.

TLC5 Belt or Bodice

Hair:

Leia’s hairstyle that she wears with her flame vest is simple, and almost a combination between Hoth Leia hair and Bespin Leia hair. her hair has no part and instead is pulled back, a crown braid runs over the top of her head and the rest of her hair is left to hand down in a soft looping bubble that just touches her shoulders.

TLC2 No Part HairTLC3 Hair Shoulder LengthTLC2 Side Coyals Hair

Inspirations & Similarities:

Clearly Leia’s Flame Vest is inspired by Leia’s Bespin outfit, however, there are also some similarities to some of Padmé’s costumes that are featured in the prequels. These comics came out before the Prequel Trilogy so the similarities to this outfit from the Prequel’s outfits is more coincidental. However, it also attests to the fact that the artist had an eye for what would be appropriate for Star Wars fashion.

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(ROTS: Padmé’s Purple Senate Hairstyle) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

 The Hairstyles that Leia wears with her Flame Vest Outfit, has a similar back to the lower half of Padmé’s Purple Senate Outfit from ROTS. The looped over bottom part of the hairstyle has a similar shape and volume.

Flame Vets Inpiration
(TPM: Padmé Flame Handmaiden)

The similarity in color patterns between the flame handmaiden outfit from TPM and Leia’s Vest is why I’ve named it Leia’s Flame Vest. The deep red color of the body of the vest is similar to that of the under-sleeves sleeves and hip sash on the flame handmaiden outfit. the yellow skirt of the flame handmaiden outfit also is similare in color to Leia’s flame vest, through in this picture the yellow is a darker shade on Leia’s vest then the skirt of the TPM dress.

Insparations Vest
(TLC: Leia’s Flame Vest Collar & Yoke Similar to Leia’s Bespin Vest)

Leia’s Flame Vest, is very similar to the Bespin Vest she wears in The Empire Strikes Back. The collar and yoke are similar in construction, as well as shape and proportion.

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Legends EU: Heir To The Empire & Dark Force Rising: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest

The Heir To The Empire, or Thrawn Trilogy was turned into a comic adaptation in the 1990’s. In both the 1st part Heir to the Empire and the 2nd part Dark Force Rising, Leia wears a yellow vest and black shirt and pants combination. She notibly wears this outfit when visiting the Bimm’s on Bimmisaari (who notably wear yellow as part of their culture). Thus it has been named the Yellow Bimm Vest, because of this reference to Bimm’s in Heir to the Empire book.

DFR Cover
(HTTE & DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest)

Inspirations:

Looking at Luke’s Black Vest outfits that he wears in the beginning of Return of the Jedi while at Jabba’s palace is would seem that his outfit is the inspiration for Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest in the comic. The comics where drawn by three different artists, and the artists for part 1 had a very different style of art then the 2nd parts. Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest is the most strongly similar to Luke’s black Vest outfit from ROTJ, in the first Volume Heir To The Empire. (Note: that they fist volume does not have consistent representation of the costume). For the purposes of this break down most of the images will be from volume 2 Dark Force Rising as they are more consistent in their depiction and simpler to breakdown.

Luke and leia Vest Insparation
(HTTE & DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Inspiration From Luke’s Black Vest Outfit At Jobba’s Palace ROTJ)
Padme Vest Sleeves Inperation Leia
(TPM & DFR: Similar Arm Howls)

Though The Phantome Menace did not come out until after the comics where released, however, there is some similarities in the width and shape of the arms howls of Padmé’s Pilot Disguise Vest, as well as the depth of the fabric that sits on the should.

Comic & Breakdown Design:

Because the comics had three different artists, Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest goes through several variations in look. For the purposes of consistency this post is choosing to base the breakdown (for the most part) on the Dark Force Rising comics, which are the most consistently represented and detailed of the three comics for this outfit. This is why the look of the outfit changes from comic to comic and also why the outfit in the Heir To The Empire comics look more similar to Luke’s Black Taber Vest from Return Of The Jedi. Also why Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest in Dark Force Rising looks more similar to Padmé’s Pilot Disguise Vest from The Phantom Menace.

Yellow Bimm Vest:

Fit:

(Note: that Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest is fitted but not skin tight, there is enough slack in the fabric to show that it’s comfortably loose while still smooth.)

Vest Sleeves:

DFR3 Double Sleeve Fold 2
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Double Folded Sleeve)

Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest has folded double sleeve, the sleeve appears to be one large piece that then has part of it folded or tucked under  to create the double sleeve. Similar to (but not exactly like) how Obi-Wan’s Jedi tunic sleeves are tucked up.  

HTTE1 Double Sleeve 3
(HTTE: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Double Sleeve)
DFR3 Double Sleeve Seem 2
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Shoulder Seem)

There is a strait seem that runs along Leia’s shoulder, for construction of this vest side seems are likely.

DFR14 Sleeve Opening Shape
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Arm ‘V’ Shaped Howl)

The arm howl for Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest is a inverted teardrop in the picture which translates to ‘V’ shaped arm howl opening. The arm howl is a deep one that goes all the way down to fall roughly in line with under Leia’s bust. And though it can not be seen in this picture falls roughly in line with the point of the deep V neck of the vest.

DFR14 Sleeve Opening Length
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Arm Howl)

Vest Neck:

DFR1.5 Vest Neck
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Neckline, Deep V Neck)

Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest has a deep ‘V’ neckline, the ‘V’ neck width is not much wider the Leia’s neck.

DFR Vest Neck Bust
(Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Deep V Neck, Depth Goes Down To Under Leia’s Bust)

The deep ‘V’ neckline of Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest goes down to just under her bust line where the point ends.

Vest Body:

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(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Vest Is Tunic Length)

The length of the Yellow Bimm Vest comes down to tunic length, the vests lower hem ends roughly around the point where Leia’s leg meets her hip.

DFR Side Seem Vest
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Side Seem)

There is a side seem on Leia’s Vest, likely a slightly curved seem to allow for her pregnancy. Though it’s hard to tell, for the construction of the yellow vest a back seem with an invisible zipper seems likely.

DFR3 Center Back Seem
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Back Seem)

Shirt:

DFR1 Turtel Neck
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Turtle Neck)

The shirt that Leia wears under her Yellow Vest is a black turtle neck, (it, however, does not have a folded over collar so it’s similar to a mock turtle neck , however, it comes up higher more to the height of an actual turtle neck.) The shirt seems to be a fitted shirt as there is no bulk viable under the Yellow vest, and likely make out of the same fabric as the pants.

Sleeve Shirt Leia
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest :Undershirt Sleeves)

The sleeves of the undershirt that Leia wears are tight fitting and break at the wrist, sometimes Leia wears gloves of the same color with this shirt that over lap the sleeves, leaving no skin visible.

Pants:

DFR Pants
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Pants)

The pants Leia wears with her Yellow Vest, are close fitting pants of the same black color as the shirt. Likely made out of the same fabric as the shirt, because of the close fitting of the pants a fabric with some stretch would be a good idea. 

Boots:

DFR15 Leia Boots
(DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Boots)

The boots that Leia wears with her Yellow Bimm Vest outfit, the boots are standard simple black riding boots. They appear to be unadorned and go up to the knee. 

Hairstyle & Hair Piece:

 

Leia’s hairstyle is a simple three strand or English braid, the braids ends roughly mid back or at the bottom of the shoulder blades. The hairpiece that Leia wears is inconstantly represented, however, the most common way in which it appears in two separate combs similar in idea to the way that Slave Leia’s hair pieces appear.

 

 

(Dark Force Rising: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Hair Piece)

The Hair piece is two separate pieces that attach on ether side of the head with two distinctive curling decorative parts both above and by the ears. The first curl comes down near where the sideburns are, there is a second scowling piece at the very stop of the hair piece. There also appears to be three lobs to the hair piece, ranging from large to small descending in size as they go back away from her ear.

Twi’lek’s: Part 4: Brows & Teeth

Brows:

Twi’ek’s have a widely varied representation in Star Wars; eyebrows are one of the facial features that seem to vary a little. Pretty much all female Twi’lek’s have human-like hair eyebrows, Oola, Aayla, the purple Twi’lek singer Lyn Me, Hera, Numa and more all have this feature.

aayla eyebrows
(SWTCW: S1.Ep14: Aayla: Human-like Eyebrows)
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(SWR: S2.Ep15: Numa: Human-like Eyebrows)
Oola eyebrows
(ROTJ: Oola: Human-like Eyebrows)

Males on the other hand seem to have large and heavy brow that protrude out from the forehead. Bib Fortuna has one of the largest brows seen in Twi’leks. Cham Syndulla and other male Twi’lek’s seen throughout Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars also seem to share this heavy bulbous brow. And also do not appear to have hair on their brows.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Heavy Brow)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Heavy Brow)

Teeth:

The shapes of Twi’lek teeth tend to follow to veins, female Twi’leks tend to have flat human-like teeth. Aayla Securra, Hera, Oola and others all have these kings of teeth.

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(STR: S2.Ep15: Hera Syndulla: Flat Teeth)
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(ROTJ: Oola: Flat Teeth)

Male Twi’lek’s tend to have pointed teeth, like Bib Fortuna and Cham Syndulla, however, a little Twi’lek boy from the Clone Wars has flat teeth. It seems that male Twi’lek’s may vary between pointed and flat teeth.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Pointed Teeth)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Pointed Teeth)
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(SWTCW: S2.Ep10: Twi’lek Boy with Flat Teeth)

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Twi’lek’s: Part 2: Ears & Ear-Cones

Twi’lek’s are some of the oldest and best loved aliens in Star Wars, this post is part of a series braking down Twi’lek’s from the movies and TV shows.

Ears and ear-cones, these are variously listening appendages that Twi’leks have and can sometimes be a little inconsistently represented in Star Wars. In Return of the Jedi, Bib Fortuna has human like ears, these ears where actually part of the prosthetic that was built for the actor.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Rounded Human Ears)

Oola has a headdress that covers her ears and is where the idea of the ear-cones most likely arose. In the concept art for when Oola’s design was human shows that the white cones are a part of her headdress. However, since than Oola’s headdress seems to have morphed into ear-cons for female Twi’leks.

Oola ear
(ROTJ: Oola: Headdress Covers Ears)
Oola concept art 1
(ROTJ: Oola: Concept Art: Human Headdress) (Images By: DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars) (Images From: The Art Of ROTJ: SW:)
Oola concept art 2
(ROTJ: Oola: Concept Art: Human Headdress) (Images By: DIY The Galaxy Of Star Wars) (Images From: The Art Of ROTJ: SW:)

The purple Twi’lek singer Lyn Me does not appear to have ear-cone, instead her headdress covers her ears and as there are no lumps under the headdress it appear that her ears are likely to be like Bib Fortuna’s and are humanoid ears. Which is why it seems likely that Oola’s headdress is the point origin for ear-cones.

No ear nub
(ROTJ: Lyn Me: No Ear-Cones, Likely Human Ears)

Getting into the prequels, Aayla Securra and all other Twi’leks have what appear to be ear-cones. These ear-cones are the same color as their Lekku and skin so it looks like they are what female Twi’lek’s have for ears. No male Twi’lek to date has been represented with ear-cones. (see further down article for male Twi’lek’s ears.)

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(SWTCW: S1.Ep14: Aayla Securra: Ear-Cones)
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(AOTC: Senate Twi’lek’s: Ear-Cones) (Image not from cap-that.com)

Males:

Star Wars The Clone Wars has several different episode that future Twi’lek’s heavily, in these episodes the male Twi’lek’s have humanoid ears and humanoid ears with points.

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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Pointed Ears)
male ears
(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Male Twi’lek: Human Ears)

My Unfounded Theory:

It’s possible that the first Twi’lek’s from [Retune of the Jedi] had normal humanoid ears, but Oola’s headdress has been interpreted into ear-cones. (Note: that in concept art as seen earlier in this post, the ear-cons are a part of Oola’s headdress, particularly in her human design.) The idea of Twi’lek’s morphed from what they had stared as in [Retune of the Jedi] and developed into something new. So in this theory the female Twi’lek’s ears have been retconned and now they have ear-cones instead of humanoid ears.

It also appears that some of the hats that Twi-lek woman wear have decorative covers that go over the ear-cones.

decorative ears
(SWTCW: S2.Ep10: Child Twi’lek: Decorative Ear-Cone Covers)

 

Images from Cap-That.Com

Twi’leks: Part 1: Lekku

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

Lekku:

Lekku are the head-tails, also known as, head-appendages, brain-tails and head-tentacles, that are the Twi’lek’s defining futures. Many of the ready-made for perches Lekku are not movie accurate, (that said, they are still good for costumes.)

Lekku Height & Position:

Often the main problem with these ready-made Lekku is that the tentacle is both too high and to close together and often leaving out the defining bulb shape at the base where the Lekku are attached to the skull. Aayla Securra and the background Twi’lek’s may be the reason for the height of the Lekku becoming exaggerated. Aayla’s Lekku are higher up on her head than all the other Twi’lek’s featured before her, However, all Twi’lek’s that are featured in the movies and TV shows of Star Wars have their Lekku lower then the top of their skull.

Female:

(Note: The Lekku also come out from the side of the head, not the top, the center of the female Lekku roughly fall in line with the temple generally.)

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(ROTJ: Oola: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)
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(ROTJ: Lyn Me: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)
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(AOTC: Aayla: Lekku Lower Then Top Of Head, Center In Line With Temple From An Angle: See Yellow Line)

Male:

Male Twi’lek’s Lekku are also lower then the top of the skull and also come out from the side of the head. However, they typical seem to come down from an angle more in the back of the skull, and lower down then female Twi’lek’s.

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(ROTJ: Bib Fortuna: Lekku Lower Then Skull And Lower Down)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Cham Syndulla: Lekku Lower Then Skull And Angled Down More From Back Of The Head)

Lekku Spacing:

The widths of the Lekku spacing is often too close in ready made items, in the movies the Lekku appear to be roughly about a hand width apart. Lekku come out of the back and side of the skull running towards the back, which is why they stay behind the shoulders. The width between the Lekku can be more then a hand width like on Oola,and Hera, both of which seem to have wider set Lekku.

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(ROTS: Aayla: Spacing Of Lekku)
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(SWTCW: S1.Ep21: Male Twi’lek: Lekku Spaced Apart)
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(ROTJ: Lyn Me: Lekku Spaced Apart)
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(ROTJ: Oola: Lekku Spaced Almost Width Of Head Apart)
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(AOTC: Aayla: Lekku Spaced Apart)

Female vs. Male Lekku

Female Twi’lek’s have their Lekku placed differently than males, for the most part female Lekku are higher up and out to the sides of the head more so then the males.

Male Lekku come out of the skull lower down at the base and back of the skull from behind the ears, they don’t have the base of the Lekku bulb shape as visible from the front the way females do.

Hera’s Lekku like many of the other female Twi’lek’s come out from higher up on her skull and out to the side more. Cham’s Lekku come out lower down on his skull and more from the back of his skull, they also angle downwards which is typical for the males. A general shape that female Lekku follow it a upside down U, where as male Lekku follow an upside down V shape.

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(SWR: S2.Ep15: Hera And Cham Syndulla: Lekku Placement)
Lekku u shape
(SWTCW: S1.Ep19-21: U Shape of Female Twi’lek Lekku)
Lekku v shape
(SWTCW: S1.Ep20: V Shape Of Male Lekku)

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Myths About Star Wars Hairstyles

One of the common myths about hairstyles in the Star Wars universe is that these intricate styles are achieved with a person’s own natural (often times long and thick) hair. In reality a combination of wigs, hair pieces and hair extensions, among other techniques, where used to give the length and volume needed for these styles. Princess Leia’s and Queen Amidala/Padmé’s hairstyles are commonly attributed to this myth. However, both Leia’s and Padmé’s hair is achieved through the for mentioned hair help. Within universe the characters achieve these hairstyles with wigs, hair filler and forms among means other than their own natural hair. In [Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season: 3 Episode: 11, Pursuit of Peace,] a short scene near the end of the episode shows Padmé talking with her handmaiden Teckla Minnau. In the scene Teckla is holding Padmé’s senatorial wig/headdress which Padmé wears with her (blue and gold) senate dress from the Clone Wars TV show.

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(Cap-that.com) (Teckla Minnau, SWTCW: S:3 E:11)

A behind the scene photo of Padmé’s [Star Wars: The Phantom Menace] (black Coruscant) wig/headdress from [Padawan’s Guide] shows that the wearers real hair is tucked beneath the wig/headdress.

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

Padmé’s (senate address) headdress from the same movie can also be seen here in makeup-chair, (Also from Padawan’s Guide).

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(Padawan’s Guide Image)

All in all, the notion that Star Wars hairstyles can and only should be achieved by your own natural hair is a myth in our galaxy and one far, far away.

 

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