‘Star Wars’ characters’ costumes reflect shift from power to romance

Changes in costume in the female leads—Padmé and Leia—in Star Wars Episodes I through VI parallel shifts in the characters’ positions of power, a study published in the open access journal Fashion and Textiles suggests. These changes in costume and status seem to be linked to the progression of the characters’ romantic relationships, and take focus away from their roles as political leaders, and towards more passive roles as romantic partners, according to researchers Mary C. King and Jessica L. Ridgway from the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University.