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Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars Hardcover – October 1, 2005
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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.
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It's an amazing book, filled with detailed pictures of the costumes from the prequel films. While these films may not have been that great story (or character) wise, the costumes are spectacular! As a costumer, this book has been one of my biggest inspirations. Reading about the process of designing, the challenges, and the unique sources of some of the inspiration and fabrics is fascinating!
This book is a must read for anyone, weather you're a Star Wars fan, costumer, or both!
There isn't much to say about this book that hasn't been already said. In addition to all the features of the regular book, The Limited Edition special features are as follows (many of the extras are bound in with the book):
-Encased in a handmade clamshel box wrapped in fine Japanese silk with a custom made obi wrap closure
-5 additional gatefolds
The P-9 Costume Overlay
Cut From a Different Cloth: Digital Costumes
The Costumes of the Mos Eisley Cantina
Darth Vader: Creating the Perfect Villain
Behind the Seams
Postcard sheet of costume details
Paper doll fold-out
Star Wars A Costume Collection
-Authentic Wookiee buckle replica
-Vellum envelope with a fabric swatch from the material used in Darth Vader’s cape
-Dressing a Galaxy DVD
-JAK folder of sixteen of Trisha Biggar’s favorite costumes, which contains actual swatches cut from the same fabrics as the costumes (this is the highlight of the Deluxe edition - but there are not swatches for every costume in the folder. I've read the that the swatches are randomly selected).
One important thing to note:
This Deluxe Edition originally was published in 2005. There are 2,500 copies made, of which the first 1,000 were signed by the author / costume designer Trisha Biggar. I ordered mine in December of 2013 and I received #80, thus mine was signed! So keep in mind that they are NOT shipping these in numerical order and you still have a chance to get a signed copy. :)
The book itself has some of the best production qualities I have ever seen. The photography is top-notch, incredibly detailed, and produced in vivid colors. The book is stock full of extra inserts unique to the limited edition. I think of these as special side exhibits in a larger exhibit at a museum of Star Wars costumes.
And that doesn't even touch upon (pun intended) the included cloth swatches. You have a large amount of cloth from Vader's cape in Revenge of the Sith and then a booklet underneath the main book with around a dozen swatches from the first 3 movies. If there is one weakness the book concentrates on the first three movies. This is something to truly treasure. With the Blu-Rays coming out there may be more interest in the book. I was surprised to see them still available. If people could preview one in their house they would have been snapped up by now.
As an aside this book made me realize what a farce the Academy Awards are. No one, not a single human being alive could truthfully say that Trisha Biggar did not at least deserve an Academy Award nomination for her work on any of the first 3 films, much less an Academy Award. No possible way. But apparently the Academy has something against Lucas and took it out on Biggar. Just points out how pointless and meaningless the whole academy award process is. Trisha YOU know that you did one of the most amazing costuming jobs in the history of cinema if not THE most amazing one. And that is what counts.
Do yourself a favor: if you've been waffling over this one, just do it. You won't regret it, and it'll be a lovely addition to your collection. Or bookshelf, or coffee table. Wherever you keep your favorite books.
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