Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars (Deluxe Edition)
October 2005

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Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Author: Trisha Biggar
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Cover Price: $295.00
Media: Hardcover
ISBN: 0-8109-5964-X - 1st

Limited Edition Highlights
  • 2,500 numbered copies
  • 500 full-color illustrations
  • hardcover book in cloth clamshell box
  • clamshell box wrapped in Japanese silk
  • Wookiee belt-buckle replica
  • fabric swatches from the Lucasfilm archives
  • special insert: Behind the Seams; depicting costume evolution inside Trisha Biggar's workshop
  • special edition Lucasfilm DVD with backstage actor commentaries
Bound-in booklets including Darth Vader: Creating the Perfect Villain, Footwear (in silhouette), Padmé costume breakdown with transparent overlays, Classic character costumes, Headdresses, Padmé Amidala Paper Doll by Joyce Patti, Costumes of the Mos Eisley Cantina, Behind the Seems: An inside look at the art of costume making.

Additional gatefolds including The Jedi, Royalty: fabric details (embroidery, edgings, beading, sewn-in embroidery sheet), Military (featuring the Wookiees), Senators incl. Padmé outfit, Farmers: Padmé outfit.

Also included are 4 bound-in postcards of fabric swatches. The box itself contains a 16-page swatch sample gatefold, with actual samples of fabric over the images, "Cut From A Different Cloth" the Digital Costumes of the Prequel Trilogy, the Lucasfilm DVD, a replica of a Wookiee belt buckle, a fabric swatch of the original cloth used to make the Darth Vader cape, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing Limited and Raoul Goff, publisher, Insight Edition.

The box itself is a cloth clamshell box (16? x 13 inches) with a Japanese silk wrap.

Images from the Star Wars films have become part of our culture. Layered over time-honored myths and stories, these images reside in our collective consciousness and derive much of their mythic power from their detailed and artful costumes. Here, in Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars, we are offered the first in-depth presentation of these amazing artifacts as well as a penetrating behind-the-scenes look at their creation.

From the subtle robes of the Jedi to the opulence of royalty, the dark cloaks of the Sith to the luminous elegance of the Galactic Senate, and the harsh clothing of moisture farmers to the rigorous gear of the military, Trisha Biggar, costume designer of the Star Wars prequel trilogy—The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005)—takes us on a journey through the intricate process of crafting the costumes from sketch to screen and displays the dazzling results.

Featuring over 500 full-color photographs and illustrations from the Lucasfilm archives representing characters and costumes from all six films in the Star Wars saga, this stunning tour de force spotlights the costumes of Episodes I, II, and III—hundreds of which were handcrafted for each film. In addition to the astonishing costume presentations, animated computer graphics characters are displayed in their virtual costumes. Commentaries by Samuel L. Jackson, Jimmy Smits, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman and other actors offer memorable insights on what it was like to don these brilliant creations. Accompanied by an exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum and Galleries at FIDM in Los Angeles, this unique visual treat is a must-have for any Star Wars fan.

Every costume is displayed in exquisite detail, showcasing Trisha Biggar's visual virtuosity and mastery of craft. A must for any Star Wars fan, for the veteran or novice costume or fashion designer and for all lovers of beauty and fabulous fabrics Dressing a Galaxy provides a bountiful feast.

Original Printing
Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars (hardcover)
October, 2005; ISBN: 0-8109-6567-4 - 1st

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