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Use the Force (of Fashion) with Star Wars Cufflinks

Posted on January 12 2016

 

 3D Antique Silver Darth Vader Star Wars Cufflinks

It’s been almost 40 years since we were first introduced to the ‘Galaxy Far, Far Away’ and the anticipation surrounding the release of the new movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is reaching its peak. This just begs the question, “Do you have your Star Wars Cufflinks yet?”

 Advance ticket sales, whilst they didn’t quite break the internet, are reported to be huge. There is much speculation about just how much money the new Star Wars will make but we all know we are talking potentially the biggest movie of all time. Some predict as much as $2 billion in box office ticket sales.  That’s two B-I-L-L-I-O-N dollars.  Yikes.

 Have you ever stopped to think about how the Star Wars movies have influenced the fashion industry? George Lucas created a whole new universe with his sci-fi fantasy. A galaxy where no one really seems to care about the latest fashion, yet the costumes are as much a part of the storytelling as any other element. Arguably Star Wars has influenced the cat walk more than any other movie in history. Give this legacy a nod with your Star Wars cufflinks around the office, or even events.

John Mollo was the British designer picked by George Lucas to design the costumes for the first part of the Star Wars Trilogy. He based much of his costume design on the original concept art of Ralph McQuarrie and picked up an Academy Award for his work on “A New Hope”.

 John Mollo was the British designer picked by George Lucas to design the costumes for the first part of the Star Wars Trilogy. He based much of his costume design on the original concept art of Ralph McQuarrie and picked up an Academy Award for his work on “A New Hope”.

 George Lucas knew exactly the look he wanted and worked very closely with John Mollo in approving the design process at each step. The technology world was literally black and white and the organic earth world was brown. Good was largely depicted in light colors and white, the bad was the dark colors. Think about this for a moment and you will reveal this was the color palette for nearly all the early movies.

 Lucas was very clear that the characters should not be overwhelmed by their costumes. It should be that the costumes tell a story through the characters. This is the same with your own fashion. Star Wars Cufflinks are the perfect addition to your formal wear that help tell your story.

 The design of the Star Wars costumes has always taken its inspiration from the past. In a very subtle but complex way - so that nod to the past is a huge reason why the designs for the movies are inspiring fashion designers today.

 The costumes for Luke and the Jedi’s take their inspiration from Japanese Samurai Warriors. The designs are incredibly simple, but each show status amongst the Jedi. From the elaborate, darker Count Dooku costume to the very simple outfit that Yoda wears the clothes are a reflection of character. 

  The ultimate in evil is Darth Vader. John Mollo described the Darth Vader costume as a black motorcycle suit, a gas mask, a Nazi helmet and a monk’s cloak. Throughout the Star Wars movies cloaks are used as a symbol of strength and power. 

 The Princess Leia hairstyle is of course the most mocked of all for her “futuristic but let’s face it look like doughnuts at the side of her head”, buns. Carrie Fisher seems to have spent an ice age answering questions about the much talked about hairstyle but has confirmed that they are definitely not back for the new movie. We confess to be just a little disappointed....

The Princess Leia hairstyle is of course the most mocked of all for her “futuristic but let’s face it look like doughnuts at the side of her head”, buns. Carrie Fisher seems to have spent an ice age answering questions about the much talked about hairstyle but has confirmed that they are definitely not back for the new movie. We confess to be just a little disappointed....

 

 

 Han Solo is the epitome of cool. It is no accident that his costume design is reminiscent of the gun slinging cowboys of the Wild West. If you think about it he really does commit a terrible fashion faux pas with blue pants and a black vest, but the outfit works so well we can overlook this. He really is just a cowboy and his look doesn’t change much over the years. We can see from the new movie that Harrison Ford is still very much the gun slinging hero.

 Such classic fashion roots and such iconic characters were always bound to translate to inspiration for the modern fashion industry. With ‘The Force Awakens’ about to hit our screens, the cat walks have seen more than their fair share of Star Wars inspired design recently. The most obvious link to the Star Wars movies has to be Rodarte’s Fall line 2014. George Lucas clearly approved as their Star Wars movie stills printed onto silk dresses were featured in a PAPER magazine photo shoot which took place at Skywalker Ranch. Lucas has never allowed a fashion publication access to his property prior to the Rodarte fashion shoot.

  The most obvious link to the Star Wars movies has to be Rodarte’s Fall line 2014. George Lucas clearly approved as their Star Wars movie stills printed onto silk dresses were featured in a PAPER magazine photo shoot which took place at Skywalker Ranch. Lucas has never allowed a fashion publication access to his property prior to the Rodarte fashion shoot.

 The most extreme Star Wars influenced fashion award would probably go to Bobby Abley the London based designer who show cased his Spring/Sumer 2016 collection which included a Chewbacca outfit, Storm Trooper tee shirts and even a Princess Leia cheerleader dress.

 It would seem that even Kanye West has been looking to Tatooine for inspiration for his latest collection. Kanye debuted his latest fashion collaboration with Adidas in September and much of it would not be out of place in a Mos Eisley Cantina. Utilitarian simple designs in earth colors were the focus of the collection, but the Tuscan Rader like outfits were the subject of much talk by the fashion media.

 But as we all know fashion does not have to be quite so radical to be enjoyed. Cufflinks are a great expression of who you are. If you are a Star Wars fan these are the cufflinks that you have been looking for. Take a look at our Star Wars Collection and we are sure that you will be more than happy. The only difficult decision is will you chose the dark side?

 

 

 

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