Clothing referred to garments made from various types of materials and taking several forms used by sentient beings to cover their body. From very early times, many sentient species used to wear clothes, including the Humans or the Kaminoans. Conversely, other species usually did not, like the Tchuukthai or the Oswaft. In addition to their protective functions, clothes were also worn for the socialization.
Pragmatically, clothes would protect from various kind of damage—including heat, cold, wind or dirt. On sun-scorched and arid planets such as Tatooine, the inhabitants wore rough-spun tunics that could withstand the hostile weather, and often added leg and wrist bindings that kept out sand and dust. The amphibian Gungans from Naboo chose stretchy trousers with tight ends that allowed them to swim easily and kept out swamp crawling creatures. Those who needed to protect themselves against the cold would simply put on heavy clothes and animal skins, or rely on technological garments such as insulated jumpsuits, self-warming headgears and heated vests. During the Civil that opposed the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance, both belligerents used garments adapted to intense cold, and those specialized clothes came in handy during the events surrounding the Battle of Hoth.
Certain types of clothes were specifically designed to protect the wearer from traumatic injuries. Heavy cloth woven with energy-absorbing fibers could serve as a shield against blaster fire, and various parts of a suit—notably the collar—could contain blast-absorbing paddings.
While some species generally covered all or most of their body parts, others only wore what was required. Crystalline or gas-based sentients had no need for clothes, and most furry species like the Trianii never wore anything more than armor or utility belts. On their native world, Togorians seldom wore clothing, as the weather was mostly clement. The Wookiees from Kashyyyk, who were known for their thick uniform coat of water-shedding hair, only wore clothes on special occasions, including the Life Day celebration, which required the use of a ritual red robe.
- "There's more to the galaxy than elaborate dresses and fancy parties."
- ―Princess Leia Organa
Clothing was also used as an indicator of social status, gender or individual preferences. This was particularly true in societies based on individual competition; amongst the Neimoidians, elaborate clothes would strongly assert their wearer's wealth and social position over others. Even more precisely, the shapes of their cloaks, hats, drapes and collars each had a specific symbolic meaning, together with the fabric types and the color choices. High-ranking Neimoidians placed huge value on their headgears, and it was thought they would never be seen without one unless they were dead. In fact, the Neimoidian clothing etiquette was so elaborated that the Republic Xenosociological Database contained a whole subdirectory dedicated to it.
On Coruscant, a world that remained the galactic capital throughout many successive regimes, numerous extravagant fashion styles were displayed. Among the ambassadors and senators, luxurious versions of the traditional costumes of hundreds of planets could be seen, as well as many styles particular to Coruscant. Patrons of the Galaxies Opera House often wore excessive dresses that had nothing to envy to the actors' stage costumes. Expensive outfit displayed a wide array of high-priced materials such as Tomuon wool, shimmersilk, and crosh-hide.
Despite the numerous cultural differences, many species throughout the galaxy shared a basic design of simple, loose-fitting robes, which inspired the humble Jedi apparel. However, although the Jedi rejected materialist preoccupations, their clothes were not considered uniforms, and the wearers were left some freedom to personalize them. By adopting the traditional trappings of the Order, Jedi Master Tyvokka was one of the few Wookiees who would wear clothes on a regular basis. The Sith Order used similar robes, but in shades of black rather than brown.
On highly cultured planets such as Naboo, clothing was often used a form of social communication. For example, during the Trade Federation invasion, the citizens of Theed made subtle use of Naboo color and fashion symbolism to express their support or opposition to the Queen Padmé Amidala's policies. The Education Regent of Naboo Lufta Shif wore gentle and flowing teaching robes, reflecting the belief that learning was best encouraged by inspiration rather brute force or threat. The Queen herself wore clothes that made her look taller and larger through the use of wide shoulders and massive headpieces. In fact, the use of Naboo royal costume was highly codified and one of the most intricate in the galaxy. On Alderaan, one of the oldest colonies of Humans, the design and style of the clothes were much simpler, with a predominance of white in the ambassadorial milieu.
Clothing and modesty issuesEdit
In many species, clothes were also a question of modesty, and appearing in the nude was considered indecent. In the majority of the galactic community, it was customary to cover at least certain intimate body parts. Once, when Princess Leia Organa was forced to wear a dress that left the right side of her body exposed, the people attending the ceremony in which she took part stared at her in embarrassment. Among the Miraluka, a people of Near-Humans who lacked physical eyes, it was customary to hide their vestigial, empty sockets by wearing some kind of concealing headwear. Those headgears often took the form of a decorative veil, a mask or a simple leather band. An extreme case of modesty, the Sand People of Tatooine were wrapped in strips of cloth and robe from head to foot, and the removal of clothing was strictly forbidden outside of intimacy with one's mate or certain rituals. Because they had developed a strong exoskeleton, the Givin of Yag'Dhul had a phobia of exposed skin, and would avoid seeing it in others whenever possible.
By contrast, some indigenous cultures were more relaxed on issues of modesty and clothing. The Icarii Queen Selestrine was virtually nude, which would have been unthinkable on worlds like Naboo or Alderaan. Similarly, Aron Peacebringer and his wife Alisande, the planetary leaders of Shiva IV, wore clothes that covered little more than their private parts. Among the Fallanassi, adepts of the White Current, it was uncontroversial for a woman to wear only a sarong, leaving her chest exposed. Revealing clothes were common among Twi'lek females, even individuals of respectable stations in life such as Jedi Masters or senatorial aides.
For many furry species, nudity was no issue. The Yuzzems of Ragna III, the Dralls of Drall, the Sneevels from Sneeve and the Yuzzums of Endor, to name only a few, usually remained naked. Among the Chadra-Fan, it was equally common to move about fully clothed or completely naked, even in the presence of other races. As similar observation could be made about the Defels and the Eloms. Although reptilian, the Anx would go about their business unclothed on their homeworld of Gravlex Med, while their representatives on Coruscant wore flowing robes.
Sometimes, clothes were even specifically conceived to accentuate certain body parts, in order to seduce and to appeal to carnal desire. Slave girls, masseuses, dancers and prostitutes were often dressed in such provocative clothes, which included sensua bindings, form-fitting szona body gloves and Tromin unigarments.
For fashion's sakeEdit
- "Keep your chin up, Leia. Maybe no one will notice."
- ―Han Solo and Leia Ogana, when the Princess was force to wear a revealing robe
All species and conditions considered, certain individuals attached a great deal of importance to the ever-changing concept of "fashion," a popular way of dressing restricted to a particular time or area. The Zeltrons, who were often stereotyped as frivolous pleasure-seekers, were highly fashion-sensitive. They would not only dress in revealing apparel and bright shades, but they were also willing to share their gusto with strangers. The Princess Leia Organa learned that lesson the hard way when a foursome of enthusiastic male Zeltrons transformed one of her sober Alderaanian white gown into a much more gaudy attire, much to her dismay.
Even among the species who normally wore no clothes at all, some individuals did it for mere fashion purpose. Such was the case, for example, of the Hutts. Individuals such as Malta and Embra were known to don short capes. Many others distinguished themselves by wearing various types of headgear, including bell-shaped hats, berets, cylinder-shaped hats with a hanging tassel or skullcaps. Some also used clothes to hide their infirmities, such as Oruba, who wrapped himself in an expansive shawl to conceal his diseased, cracking skin. Jool, a Hutt with a female personality, used to squeeze her wide torso in a laced corset to make it appear slimmer.
At the other end of the spectrum, some individuals had a complete lack of fashion acumen. The famous Corellian smuggler Han Solo, although a legendary womanizer, never stood out as a stylish dresser. He rarely wore anything else than his trademark white shirt, black waistcoat and brown pants, and he looked at the dressing up as a chore.
Droids and clothingEditAs droids were made to be resistant to higher or lower temperatures, they didn't need to wear clothes. However, some of them adopted clothing, either because of a personality quirk in their programming, or because it was ordered by their masters.
During the Clone Wars, the cyborg General Grievous had his IG-100 MagnaGuards wear cloaks and headcloth made of mumuu hides. These clothes paid tribute to the ones worn by Grievous' former Izvoshra elite warriors, when the general served as a warlord on his homeworld of Kalee.
F8GN, a droid owned by Garris Shrike, would don Corellian street clothes in order to train Shrike's "rescued" children how to pickpocket. Han Solo, who was once one of Shrike's orphans, used to think the spindly robot looked funny in clothes.
Some owners would have their droid servants wear a kerchief emblazoned with their emblem or that of an organization, like the Rebel agent Wyl Tarson did on his protocol unit T-2H4 when he infiltrated the organization of the crime lord Raze.
During his service on Kalarba, C-3PO once served as a clothes horse for his mistress Meg Pitareeze, while R2-D2 was tending to her party dress. Unbeknownst to him, the golden droid was in fact striking a blow for droid rights: his donning Human clothes was interpreted as a volontary fashion statement and became a pivotal moment in droid history. Later on, he was regarded as something of a hero in some droid circles, as he proved that machines too had an identity that could be expressed by clothing.
Though clothing appears in almost every Star Wars work, this list includes only explicit mentions of clothing in text or dialogue:
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menaces novel
- Jedi Quest: The Changing of the Guard
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones novel
- Boba Fett: Crossfire
- Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
- "The Princess Leia Diaries"—Star Wars Tales 11
- Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu
- Han Solo at Stars' End
- Shadows of the Empire novel
- Shadows of the Empire comics
- Star Wars 95: No Zeltrons
- X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble
- Star Wars: Union
- Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand
- Destiny's Way
- "Festival of High Winds"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 12
- Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: Attack of the Clones: The Visual Dictionary
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 90 (GAR1–2, Garments and Couture)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 96 (GAR3–4, Garments and Couture)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 98 (GAR5–6, Garments and Couture)
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 134 (GAR17–18, Garments and Couture)
- Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
- Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars
- The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force (real-life book)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars Episode I: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Jedi Path: A Manual for Students of the Force (real-life book)
- ↑ Han Solo at Stars' End
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Paradise Snare
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Star Wars Holiday Special
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Secrets of Naboo
- ↑ Boba Fett: Hunted
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 The New Essential Guide to Alien Species
- ↑ Vision of the Future
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 98 (GAR5-6, Garments and Couture)
- ↑ Star Wars: Republic 36: The Stark Hyperspace War, Part 1
- ↑ Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 139 (LUF1-2, Lufta Shif)
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 104 (GAR7-8, Garments and Couture)
- ↑ The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
- ↑ The Courtship of Princess Leia
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 The Official Star Wars Fact File 90 (GAR1-2, Garments and Couture)
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Star Wars 95: No Zeltrons
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex Entry: "Miraluka"
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- ↑ Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 16 (PLA11, Planets of the Inner Rim)
- ↑ Star Wars 53: The Last Gift From Alderaan!
- ↑ Tyrant's Test
- ↑ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Alien Species
- ↑ Podracing Tales
- ↑ Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- ↑ Star Wars: Republic 49: Sacrifice
- ↑ Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- ↑ Ultimate Alien Anthology
- ↑ Star Wars: Republic 65: Show of Force, Part 1
- ↑ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- ↑ University of Sanbra Guide to Intelligent Life: The Anx"—Star Wars Gamer 7 "
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File 86 (RYY1–2, Horox Ryyder)
- ↑ 42.0 42.1 42.2 The Official Star Wars Fact File 134 (GAR17–18, Garments and Couture)
- ↑ Underworld: The Yavin Vassilika 1
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
- ↑ Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 3: First Encounter
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 41: Rogue's End
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 0
- ↑ Star Wars: Union
- ↑ Star Wars: Rebellion 6: The Ahakista Gambit, Part 1