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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions / Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810965674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810965676
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.1 x 13.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–Through lavish visuals and concise text, Biggar describes the painstaking process her team, under George Lucass direction, used to create the costumes worn in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Six chapters feature outfits categorized by role: Jedi vs. Sith, Royalty, Military, Galactic Senate, Slaves, and Rogues & Bounty Hunters. An entire chapter is devoted to the gorgeous clothes for Queen Padme Amidala. Because the costumes were custom fitted, the actors model those created for their roles. The author begins each chapter with an account of the design challenges, fabric selection, and fabrication of the costumes and special props for each role. The oversized format and archival, quality photographs enable readers to study the workmanship, design, and textiles of each highlighted costume. Descriptive sidebars and captions often include quotes by the actor who wore it, Lucas, or other key players. These quotes enrich the book exponentially, as do the double-page collages of film stills and design sketches. The descriptions, albeit brief, of digital costumes and cloth simulation are fascinating. A complete visual index of attire worn in each episode is offered in lieu of a traditional index. Aficionados wont be the only audience drawn to this compelling tribute–readers interested in fashion, design, film, and photography are bound to find it rewarding.–Claudia C. Holland, Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA
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About the Author

Trisha Biggar is the costume designer of the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. After training at the Wimbledon School of Art, she worked with several British theater companies, and then moved into designing costumes for films such as Silent Scream and Wild West. Her television drama credits include Moll Flanders and The Missing Postman. She designed the costumes for the BBC films Saigon Baby and Truth or Dare as well as the television series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Love Hurts.

George Lucas is the creator of the phenomenally successful Star Wars saga and Indiana Jones series. He has been writing and directing for more than 25 years.

Rick McCallum produced the widely popular Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition (DVD), in addition to producing the newest Star Wars movie trilogy.

Customer Reviews

The costumes are beautiful and detailed.
Helen Beemon
I actually found myself reading the book (usually I just dissect the pictures and draw inspiration that way), and found it to be well written as well.
fatal_degree
Anyone who is a fan of Star Wars and even a casual fan of costumes will truly enjoy this book.
Brandy Goodwin

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Misty K. Turner on December 5, 2005
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The book itself is a work of art, well worth the price without the special features, and is located in an inset on the other side of the larger package book. I am blessed with a generous husband - my copy is signed, # 274, by Trisha Biggar herself, the woman who is responsible for the Prequel Trilogy costumes. But this doesn't just cover those. This anthology covers all costumes, from all movies (including a visual index of every single costume that ever appeared on a character in the movies), close ups, detailed booklets outlining Darth Vader's costumes, Amidala's costumes and the various headdresses and more. Close-ups and pictures, and more close-ups - this book is a must have for any star wars costumers. It really, truly is the bible as it relates to star wars costuming. I have never seen anything that is its equal.

I could not recommend this book more. If nothing else, the stand alone book. But if you can possibly swing it - the special edition is amazing. Breathtaking.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on October 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Trish Biggar was the costume designer of the 'Star Wars' Prequel Trilogy. In this beautiful book she details the work that went into the design of the many costumes used by all of the actors shown in the three movies. In addition there are several short articles or commentaries by George Lucas (writer, director), Rick McCallum (producer), Natalie Portman (Princess Amidala), Samuel L. Jackson (Mace Windu).

This is a large format, coffee table type book. The printing, the photographs are excellent. In many cases for the more important costumes the original concept drawings are given along with a description of how they changed over time to become what we saw on the screen.

Most of the book is on the prequel, i.e. Episodes I, II, and III. There are pictures of the costumes used in the original three movies as well which show how fashion design might have changed over the time between the movies.

This is a fascinating book for Star Wars fans, and for anyone interested in seeing how movie costumes are developed (i.e. in at least one case, having custom fabrics woven).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Baker on November 16, 2005
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If you enjoy the world of Star Wars you will thoroughly love this book. It is one of a kind book that brings the reader up close to the characters, so close you can almost touch the costumes. The textiles and fabrics of these costumes are amazing. The detail in the photos is so crystal clear, that you can almost feel the weight of the fabric. The book gives the actors take on the different costumes that he or she was wearing. High detail, high quality and a wonderful read.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Misty K. Turner on December 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
The whole packaging of the book is exquisite. The cover is fabric, and an elegant fabric strap allows you access to the contents. Inside the contents are split into two sections - the special inserts - a replica of one of the wookie belt buckles, a certificate of authenticity, a dvd on the costumes - and a piece of Darth Vader's cape material. The real deal. There's something that awes you, as a life-long fan, to touch that. It's touching something from a galaxy far, far away.

The actual book inside is also a work of art, well worth the price without the special features, and is located in an inset on the other side of the larger package book. I am blessed with a generous husband - my copy is signed, # 274, by Trisha Biggar herself, the woman who is responsible for the Prequel Trilogy costumes. But this doesn't just cover those. This anthology covers all costumes, from all movies (including a visual index of every single costume that ever appeared on a character in the movies), close ups, detailed booklets outlining Darth Vader's costumes, Amidala's costumes and the various headdresses and more. Close-ups and pictures, and more close-ups - this book is a must have for any star wars costumers. It really, truly is the bible as it relates to star wars costuming. I have never seen anything that is its equal.

When I looked under the book - there it was. Fabric swatches. Honest to goodness PIECES of fabric from the costumes from the movies. Not only could I see up close the fabric on many of the more popular costumes, but for most of them I could feel them - texture, weight, drape. All of it - right at my fingertips. I honestly could not have asked for more out of a special edition of this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Adi on November 18, 2005
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First off, everything about this book is just beautiful! The box it comes in is beautiful, the silk obi its wrapped in is beautiful, and more importantly, the pictures in the book are gorgeous. There are just tons and tons of beautiful shots of hundreds of costumes and costume details. And the pictures are so large you feel so close to the costumes; it's amazing!

But then, you can touch the costumes too, thanks to the fabric swatches! While the swatches are mainly from Revenge of the Sith, they represent a wide range of characters and it's really neat to have pieces of the actual fabric! And all the other booklets and fold-outs are great, too. Overall, there is just a wealth of beautiful pictures and interesting information!

The one downside is the DVD, unfortunately. All it is are five short documentaries that have been available online for years and are on the prequel DVD's. There is nothing new which is disappointing.

Despite that one downside (and the hefty price), Dressing a Galaxy is a wonderfully impressive, beautiful book which gives the reader a much greater appreciation for the amazing work of Trisha Biggar.
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