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Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars

Since New York Fashion Week is upon us, I thought it would be fun to write a flashback post of one of my fondest memories in fashion.  But more specifically, in Star Wars fashion.  Not many people can say that attending a fashion show resulted in meeting and shaking hands with George Lucas, and Hayden Christensen, but strangely enough, I can!  I attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on 28th street and 7th Avenue (or Fashion Avenue), in New York City and it just so happened that the year I began my continued education was the same year that the Ziegfeld Theater hosted a little event called “Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars.”

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I’ll never forget walking into the student life office during orientation and asking if there were any available volunteer positions for the upcoming Fashion Week.  It had been close to the week’s commencement and I wasn’t positive there would be anything left, but I figured it was worth a shot.  When she looked through the list and then back at me, her response was “Hmm, it seems like all we have left is this Star Wars thing.”  STAR WARS THING?! Little did that employee know that she had said the magic words.  My heart was racing, my brain was working overdrive, and my imagination began to run wild as my two loves of geekdom and fashion were colliding right before my very eyes.  At the time I accepted I had no idea what the show was about nor that I would be meeting and conversing with anyone related to the film franchise.

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My job was very simple and I would gladly do it again in a heartbeat.  Before the show began, me and several other girls acted as ushers and pointed people in the direction of their assigned seat.  It was really a quite simple task requiring almost zero effort, which is not always the case with many fashion shows.  Once the doors were shut, and the audience was comfortably seated, we were able to stay and watch the entirety of show (might I add, in prime seating!) as a thank you for our hard work.

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The show was held to celebrate the stellar costumes that Trisha Biggar designed for all six of the Star Wars films.  As soon as the lights in the theater were dimmed, and the stage was lit, John Williams’ brilliant Star Wars score (which I am listening to as I write this very blog post), began emanating  from the speakers and immediately, I was a little kid again, seeing Star Wars for the first time in the theater my father took my brother and I to.  There were large screens positioned behind the models onstage which played clips from the movies

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Held by Lucasfilm and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) the show celebrated all things Star Wars, and kicked off the “Dressing a Galaxy” exhibit that FIDM later housed in their school’s museum in LA.  The show featured 35 Star Wars costumes in total and each design was more breathtaking than the last.  I never would have imagined that I would be so close to all of the inspiring and intricate costumes from my favorite franchise.  My favorite was Padme’s red voluminous red dress which the model wore with her signature white face makeup and thin red lipstick line.

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Thursday September 15, 2005, is a day that will go down in history as the day I met George Lucas.  I hung around a little while after the show ended in the hopes of speaking with him, and I was lucky enough to do just that!  I was so nervous because he was one of the first really famous people I had ever met that I truly respected.  Fortunately, George Lucas was wonderfully charming in person.  I may have fangirled out a bit about my love of Star Wars, but Lucas took it like a champ and was very gracious and friendly throughout our entire interaction. I  also snagged a photo with a very dreamy Hayden Christensen whom I was totally in love with at the time (what college girl wasn’t?!).  I’m pretty sure I only asked him for a photo but didn’t make too much small talk because I was still rather speechless from meeting George Lucas. Keep in mind that this was before I owned a digital camera so I apologize for the awful picture-of-a-picture quality!

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Anyway, between “Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars,” and modeling for Her Universe at Star Wars Celebration IV, I feel extremely lucky to have been so involved in the fashion aspect of one of my all time favorite movie franchises.   What are some of your favorite experiences?  I’d love to hear about them!

 

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10 Responses to “Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars”

  1. Wow, what an amazing experience! To see those costumes up close and actually moving on models, with the John Williams music and clips from the films??! You lucky girl. Hayden looks so young in that photo!
    Living in New York may be expensive, but you trade that in for some really amazing experiences. We have the same issue in LA. Yes, it’s expensive, but this year John Williams is conducting the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra with special guest: Julie Andrews!! A mash-up of quite possibly 2 of my most favorite celebrities in the whole world. Can’t wait to blog about that one in August ;)

    • Kristin says:

      I can’t wait to read about! And we definitely have to meet up again at the next SW Celebration or Weekends if you’re heading to Florida for those!

  2. […]  I have fond memories of the Ziegfeld seeing as my first experience there was to help with the Star Wars fashion show.  As soon as Leo and I arrived at the theater we walked right past Christian Bale and Jeremy […]

  3. […]  I have fond memories of the Ziegfeld seeing as my first experience there was to help with the Star Wars fashion show.  As soon as Leo and I arrived at the theater we walked right past Christian Bale and Jeremy […]

  4. Rachael Lux says:

    Hi!!! I helped produce this event!! I’m so happy you were there and able to enjoy it and meet everyone!

  5. Rachael Lux says:

    Hi!! I actually helped produce this event! I’m so happy you were able to be there and enjoy and meet everyone!!

  6. I modeled in this as a desert dwelling woman and walked the runway with a child in the same outfit :-) It was a super exciting job and experience!

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