Star Wars Is 40! Why the Sci-Fi Classic Is Still Inspiring Style Rebels
Fashion has always loved science fiction, but it has a special relationship with Star Wars. The iconic space opera, which turns 40 this week, is beloved for its action sequences and familial drama, but it also serves as a constant source of style inspiration. A favorite reference of designers including Rodarte, Vetements, and Balenciaga, Star Wars has captivated the fashion community in a way few other franchises have.
Its dominance on the runway may have something to do with the series’s continued cultural omnipresence in the form of sequels, prequels, cartoons, and video games. Still, the film’s lasting fashion impact has a lot to do with the female protagonists’ distinctive personal style. Stopping the forces of evil was always first on the agenda, but Princess Leia Organa, Padme Amidala, and The Force Awakens’s spunky newcomer Rey all wear incredible costumes that speak to both their status within their respective worlds and their position as rebels. Every look has its story: Leia’s cinnamon-roll hairstyle and draped gown are pretty, but they’re also utilitarian (all those layers of white are perfect for hiding a blaster); Padme’s royal costumes underscore her position as a game-changing ruler; and Rey’s padawan-esque scavenger gear foreshadows her becoming a Jedi-in-training.
Even for those without a galaxy to save, Star Wars provides plenty of unconventional fashion cues. Here, a look at how to add a bit of its rebellious spirit into your spring and summer wardrobe.