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.

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(HTTE & DFR: Leia’s Yellow Bimm Vest: Inspiration From Luke’s Black Vest Outfit At Jobba’s Palace ROTJ)
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(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:

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(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.  

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(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:

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(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:

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(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.

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(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.

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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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Attack of the Clones: Padmé Varykino – Lake Retreat Robe: Lattice/Canadian Smocking

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(AOTC: Padmé Varykino Robe) (Images From: The Padawans Guide)

Lattice or Canadian smoking is the type of smocking used on the robe Padmé wears with her nightgown in Attack of the Clones at the Lake Retreat (follow link to see picture). Like with a lot of smocking the pattern is laid off of a square grid and sown by hand. The material used is likely velvet, because smoking fabric eats up length and width you will need more fabric then will take to make the robe without smocking.

Note: for making this project it will be easier to smock the fabric before cutting out your pattern.

 

 

 

 

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Attack of the Clones: Purple Senate/Loyalist Committee Padmé Makeup

Like with all Lucas era media, the makeup in Star Wars follows two trends, the makeup styles of the time period the film was made in and a more neutral palette. Most of Padmé makeup from the Attack of the Clones is very neutral and mostly consists of light brown tones, and dusky pinks.

This look is the approximation from photos of Padmé’s Loyalist Committee/Purple Senate dress makeup.

Foundation:

Padmé’s foundation is natural looking, Padmé’s makeup should not be over done or leave her looking artificial. Any liquid foundation with a powder over top matched to your skin should work well. (Note: that other forms of foundation will also work, as long as they leave the skin looking natural.)

Eye-Shadow:

For this look Padmé wears a dark ashy taupe color on the back of her eye lid that is winged out and up a little past the edge of the eye-socked. Above the lid on the brown bone, as well as in the tear bucket/inner corner of the eye Padmé has a light, possibly white, highly.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Eye-shadow)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Eye-shadow: Light And Dark Colors)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Eye-Shadow Highlight)

Eyeliner/Mascara:

Padmé does not wear eyeliner with this look; instead some of the dark ashy taupe color that is winged on her upper lid is applied to the lower lid under her lash line. Padmé also appears to be wearing mascara, (Note: that noticeably false lashes are not used in this look.)

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(AOTC: Padmé: No Eyeliner)

Blush:

Padmé’s blush is a pinky brown or pinky nude color, it is applied to the cheek bones, starting from the bottom of the temple and extending down to the apple of her cheek. The blush is also applied a little below her cheek bones in a downward angle, onto the flat of her cheek.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Pinky Brown Blush)
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(AOTC: Padmé: Pinky Brown Blush)

Lipstick:

Padmé’s lipstick is a light pinky raspberry color in a semi gloss that is lightly applied to her natural lip shape.

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(AOTC: Padmé: Light Pinky Raspberry Lipstick)

Images From Cap-That.com

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Moire Fabric: Padmé ‘s Deleted Scene Senate Gown (Attack of the Clones)

Moire Fabric

[Padmé Deleted Scene Senator Gown AOTC Fabric]

Moire fabric is likely the kind of fabric used in the body of the gown of Padmé’s deleted scene senatorial gown from (Attack of the Clones). Moire fabric is sometimes called watered silk and historically Moire was made into silk taffeta and now is made into other, sometimes synthetic, fabrics. For Padmé’s senatorial gown it’s likely to assume that it is made out of Moire silk taffeta, in gold.

  • Jo-anna’s Fabric’s has a cotton/polyester blend available online; the fabric can be purchased at other sites online as well. (Note: that cotton/polly will be hard to dye gold, an all natural fiber, or a synthetic in gold, would work best.)

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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