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Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars Hardcover – October 1, 2005


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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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
Close-ups and pictures, and more close-ups - this book is a must have for any star wars costumers.
Misty K. Turner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By accolademaiden on November 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I can't fully describe how incredible the costume designing is in this book. I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of the limited edition as well but, just having the regular copy is simply breathtaking. The costumes are so detailed and elaborately decorated.....they are clothes you'd want to wear if you could! Each piece is specifically designed to fit the characters, whether it be Jedi or alien. It's like the costumes are speaking for the wearers mood and place in the film. The designers really went all out and wonderfully used their imaginations to create timeless pieces. Kudos to Trisha Biggar and her design crew!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on November 27, 2008
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This is a hardcover book with a dust jacket. The book is well bind and sturdy. The paper stock is low gloss and of high quality. This is a well constructed book.

The focus of this book is on the costumes for Star Wars Episode I, II and III. The amazing variety of costumes were designed by Trisha Biggar, the costume designer for Star Wars prequel trilogy.

There are more than 300 photos included. The texture of the materials and exquisite details of the designs are shown clearly with many close up photos. All the costumes are captioned by the costume department and some by the actors -- Samuel L. Jackson, Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman and others.

There are little stories on the creating the costumes, from the inspiration, designing, sourcing to execution. It's like a making-of book that focuses on costume development.

The costumes are split into different categories, and respective chapters:

1. Jedi vs Sith
2. Royalty
3. Military Wear
4. The Galactic Senate
5. Slaves, Rogues & Bounty Hunters
6. Padme's Journey

This book has the depth, and provides an intriguing read.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Woolley on December 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
...the other day and I love it. A friend couldn't stop looking over my shoulder as I thumbed through it. The photos are great and show alot of detail. Another bonus is the chance to see the make-up on the actors. They are in full costume for the photos, so you get to see the full effect with hair and make-up. I think it's a great book for anyone who loved the rich costume details in the Star Wars film series. I also particularly enjoyed the renderings that were included. Each designer is different in how they render and it was fun to see how it looked on paper before it became the finished product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Caramagno on March 28, 2006
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As a costume designer and Science Fiction fan, I was delighted to get this book. It includes hundreds of stunning photographs of costumes from Episodes 1-3 with detail photographs showcasing the art and artistry of the costume department. Any costume maker will find the detailing valuable as a visual lesson in beautiful handwork. The variety and creativity of the costumes will be sure to inspire as well. And no Star Wars fan should be without this lovely book celebrating the best the series has to offer, something fresh, new and interesting.
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