Star Wars: Blood Stripes

Blood Stripes appear in several Star Wars costumes (blood strips are the different colored stripes that go down the sides of paints.) The stripes appear in all of Han Solo’s costumes, which is likely why in the Legends EU, they are called Corellian Blood Stripes.

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(ROTJ: Han Solo: Blood Stripes On Pants) (Images From: Cap-That.Com)

However, blood stripes also appear on Leia’s Commando outfit in (ROTJ), Luke’s end metal ceremony pants in (ANH) and also in the battle handmaiden outfit that Padmé as well as her handmaidens wears in (TPM).

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(ROTJ: Leia’s Commando Pants: Blood Stripe) (Images From: Cap-That.com)
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(ANH: Luke End Ceremony: Pants Blood Stripe) (Image From: Link Here, this is the only image I could find of Luke’s end ceremony pants)
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(TPM: Handmaiden: Blood Stripes) (Images From: Cap-That.com)

Typically blood stripes are made out of one continuous piece of fabric; this is how the stripes on Leia’s commando pants are done. However, Han’s stripes are done differently, instead of being a single stripe of fabric; Han’s stripes are actually embroidered in a dashed line.

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(ROTJ?: Han Solo: Blood Stripes) (Images From: The Padawan’s Guide)

Blood Stripes Tutorial:

Though sewing would be more secure, this method would also be a good one for Leia’s Endor Commando Pants. Leia’s Endor Commando Pants have a traditional blood stripe that is one continuous contrasting color. Whereas Han’s are an embroidered dashes line and this method would not work for them.

Star Wars Costumes That Feature Blood Stripes:

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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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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: 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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Attack of the Clones: Padmé Battle Arena Makeup

Lucas era Star Wars makeup tends to follow the trends of the time the movie was made as well as take the approach of a more neutral and subdued color palette. This look, like many that Padmé wears in [Attack of the Clones,] has a very natural look, with little to no color outside of the lipsticks.

(Note: This is the approximation from analogizing the photos of Padmé makeup, all of these suggestions should be plaid around with to fit each Padmé perfectly.)

Foundation:

Natural looking foundation, any foundation with a setting powder should work well, plus some concealer to give a finished look. It is very natural looking which is the key to most Star Wars makeup, (Padmé does not have any contouring in this look.) For the purposes of movie magic there are likely high-lights and low-lights that are not important to cover here.

Eye-Shadow:

As far as eye-shadow goes Padmé wears a warm light taupe brown only on the back of her upper eyelid.

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmé: Warm Light Taupe Brown)
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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmé: Light Taupe Eye-Shadow)

There is a very light ashy taupe color, this color is only applied to the back of the lid; there is no color on the crease and brow bone, [no smoky eye]. (Note: occasionally the taupe color appears to be blended and winged out a very little past the outer corner of the eye. It is possible that there is a second lighter sandy-brown color that is almost undetectable on the eyelids outer corner and into the crease.)

Eyeliner/Lashes:

It does not appear that Padmé wears any eyeliner on her lower lid or water line, she may be wearing either a black or brown eyeliner on her upper lid just above her lash line, but it is almost undetectable and covered mostly by the mascara. You may consider skipping eyeliner and just go heavy on the mascara near the base of the lashes. She also appears to be wearing mascara, [but noticeably false lashes do not appear to have been used].

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmé: No Eyeliner)

Blush:

Padmé’s wears a pinky nude blush, and the application is very light and almost hard to see. The blush is applied to the apples of the cheeks and along in a narrow oval up to the cheek bone.

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmé: Blush In Pinky Nude)
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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmé: Pinky Nude Blush)

Lipstick:

Padmé wears a pinkish light raspberry color in a semi gloss lipstick is applied to Padmé’s natural lip shape.

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(Attack of the Clones: Battle Arena Padmé: Lipstick)

Images from Cap-that.com

Devorè Velvet In Star Wars

Devorè velvet, also known as burnout velvet, is used a lot in Padmé’s clothing, and also in many other costumes throughout the prequel trilogy. Devorè velvet us usually made by using a blended fabric such as, silk/rayon. A blended fabric of portion based fibers like silk, and cellulose based fibers like rayon have a mild acid is used to eat away the cellulose threads leaving a shire cut out panel.

DIY: Video Tutorial

Some Costumes That Feature Devorè Velvet

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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