Not long ago,
In a city not far away,
Star Wars costumes were a hit on Halloween day…
Each year, Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you!) is quickly followed by The Revenge of The Fifth. We’re a huge fan of Star Wars Halloween costumes, which seem to get better and better with each passing Halloween.
From the original Trilogy to the latest films by J.J. Abrams, the Star Wars universe continues to spawn new and exciting costumes. From Han Solo to Darth Vader, blasters to lightsabers, everything from Star Wars never cease to impress.
But did you know that a lot of Star Wars costumes are inspired by real fashion trends and cultural inspirations? Keep reading to find find out more about Star Wars costumes over the years!
The Original Trilogy
The original trilogy featured the classic cast of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO.
Families have enjoyed Star Wars costumes as group Halloween themes for years – with awesome results. Here’s one of our favourite examples of group Star Wars costumes:
Did you know that Han Solo was inspired by cowboys from the Wild West? Probably not surprising if you take a closer look:
Star Wars drew inspiration from countless cultures and themes to create the characters that we know and love today. It comes to no surprise that Jedis wielding lightsabers are a nod to the Japanese Samurai and their katanas. It also makes sense that Darth Vader was inspired by certain military forces from WWII. But did you know that Chewbacca was inspired by…George Lucas’ dog, Indy?
A Malamute is a very large dog—like a hundred and thirty pounds and bigger than a human being and very long-haired. Having [Indy] with me all the time inspired me to give Han Solo a sidekick who was like a big, furry dog. – George Lucas
Chewbacca is a lovable part of the original cast, and even shows up in The Force Awakens. Chewbacca costumes range from full-body suits, to furry jackets and the infamous Chewbacca Mask:
Here’s a picture of the costume design for Princess Amidala, in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace:
Costume designer Trisha Biggar said that she drew inspiration for the costume from Chinese Imperial dresses:
Love ’em or hate ’em, we can all agree that the Prequel movies have great costumes going for them!
Last but certainly not least, the latest designs from The Force Awakens really pay homage to the original cast, adding new flair without betraying the original designs. Check out how Kylo Ren looks:
Really gives you that menacing, Imperial feel, doesn’t it? Kind of like his original inspiration – Darth Vader.
Even the Storm Troopers have evolved over time, from Clone Troopers and onwards:
There’s a wealth of history and a huge amount of variation for each and every Star Wars costume. Each year is different from the last, and and 2017 is sure to follow this trend!
We’re looking forward to the Star Wars costumes that’ll be hitting our shelves this Halloween 2017!
Which characters do you want to see? Are you going to host a Star-Wars themed Halloween party? Do you want to draw inspiration from George Lucas, and bring along Fido for trick-or-treating? Be our guest!