Aesthetic Influences Part-2: Star Wars: Fortuny Pleating

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

Aesthetic Influences Part-1: Revenge of the Sith: Padme Green Velvet Gown

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 spastic dress instead of simply sharing a more common aesthetic.

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