This post must really be credited to The Padawan’s Guide, as they are the one who really brought it to our attention. As with most of these posts for Aesthetic Influences there is nothing we have found so far that says for sure these are the influences. Padawan’s Guide says that Trisha Bigger said that this costume was based on a Russian ball gown, clearly from the way the gowns look this is likely the case. So far we have not been able to find the interview with Trisha Bigger so we can add quoted texted.
The general shape of the dress, the yoke that covers the top of the shoulders, the cowl and crown/headdress combo. The sleeves being tight around the wrists and the sleeves been puffed slightly, in general the dress that Padme wears is very similar to Russian ball gown. Please go check out The Padawan’s Guide look at these similarities.
The pearls that Queen Elizabeth I wears in her hair are similar to the placement to the white shell or flower like hair decor that Satine wears. The collar is also similar, the large collar that extends over and around her face and head as well as extending over the top head and onto the for head. Satine’s entire aesthetic is recalls Queen Elizabeth I in many ways.
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.
Mock-Fortuny pleating is featured in several Star Wars Costumes, all of them from Naboo. It seems to be a Naboo easthetic in the Galaxy Far Far Away. Unfortunately Fortuny Pleating is a lost wonder of the fashion world, in a nutshell the means to create the pleating died with Mariano Fortuny the man who invented it and as of yet has not fully been recovered. The Padawan’s Guide has already touched on the similarities between many of the Naboo clothing and Fortuny Pleating.
The Fortuny Dresses are sometimes refereed to as The Delphos Gown, and where very created to be a house dress and later a tea gown worn by wealthy woman at the turn of the 19th’s century. The wonderful thing about these original gowns is that they must be twisted into a small ball for storage, which means they take up very little room.
In Star Wars, Padme and her Handmaidens wear gowns with a similar pleating. Though it is not stated anywhere we have found yet that this was that the Delphos Gowns where an influence on the Naboo aesthetic, the light silks and unique pleating of the gowns makes a good case that they where.
Fortuny Pleating Replica loop
Star Wars has many known and unknown inspirations and influences, this series will be focusing on similarities, possible influences and possible inspiration that helped shape the look of the Galaxy. Silhouettes, fabrics, and color palette among many, many other factors will all be looked at and explored.
Though there is no evidence we have come across to support this as fact, nevertheless, it is undeniable that Padme’s Green Velvet Gown that she wears in Revenge of the Sith shares many similarities to the The Arnolfini Portrait. Because of of these similarities we are looking at the possibility of this painting being the partial inspiration for the esthetic of Padme Green Velvet Robe.
The similarities between the gowns can be seen in
- the color, dark greens,
- the weight of the fabric, the paintings is a heavy wool and Padme’s is a heavy velvet.
- long sleeves,
- special linings, the Portraits is fur, Padme’s is patterned and purple
- purple belts, though it is a little harder to tell if the paintings belt is purple for sure, never the less the belt placement is the same
- a hood (Padme) and hood silhouette to the veil (Mrs. Arnolfini).
- Special decorations on the sleeves,
- long flowing gown that comes out from under the bust.
According to A Stitch In Time Episode 2, for a very long time people believed that the woman in the Arnolfini Portrait was pregnant. Though this is not the case, it is very easy to see why that would be assumed, she dose look pregnant, without a particular knowledge of the fashion and time period it is essay to assume. The woman in the painting has a silhouette that is similar to Padme’s, who is pregnant.
This is one of the few garments that we think is a spastic influence on a particular dress instead of simply sharing a more common aesthetic.