Disney Princesses Reimagined as Star Wars Characters

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‘Star Wars’ icon Carrie Fisher on Leia: ‘She’s mine!’.

In interviews throughout her post-Leia career, and again lately as we ramp up to the new Star Wars movie, the unsinkable Carrie Fisher has a penchant for going gloriously off-script.

Carrie Fisher, known by many in the galaxy as Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise, will be coming to Hamilton in March to speak at a mental health fundraiser.NEW YORK — Being in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is like a high school reunion in outer space for Carrie Fisher: Everyone’s a little older and the hairstyles are still iffy, but it’s a blast seeing old friends. “It was fun to do it again.

She has, for example, fondly referred to Princess Leia’s signature double-bagel coif as “hairy earphones” and the rest of the hairdos as elaborate Dutch milkmaid braids. Fisher is set to speak in person (sorry, hologram hopefuls) at Liuna Station on March 31 at an event benefiting the Liuna Seniors Mental Health Outpatient Clinic at St.

It was like being back on campus,” says Fisher, 59, about reprising her role as Leia Organa, formerly a princess and now a general for the heroic Resistance, in director J.J. Don’t be a slave like I was.” Fisher is of course referring to the infamously skimpy Return of the Jedi costume that has since become known as “Slave Leia” – a bikini and harem loincloth combo initially described in the costume request as “dancing girl clothes.” Except the resulting ensemble ended up being barely-there garb sculpted to Fisher’s contours. In George Lucas’ first Star Wars film in 1977, Leia was young royalty from Alderaan and a face of the fledgling Rebel Alliance when she was captured by the Galactic Empire — by Darth Vader, no less. Sure, Leia also got a practical snowsuit and even a bounty hunter disguise, but when Fisher isn’t pictured in the aforementioned bikini, she’s most remembered as running down corridors in a modest, hooded white nun’s dress, a flurry of practical but feminine silk crepe de chine. Luckily, she was broken out of the Death Star by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), a farm boy who turns out to be her long-lost brother, and Han Solo (Harrison Ford), a smuggler she falls for hard over the course of three movies.

Star Wars Costumes, published last year, has been my co-pilot: the book details the rationale, design and creation process behind every principal and major Star Wars original-trilogy costume, including the early George Lucas edict to costume designer John Mollo in 1975 that no clothing fastenings, buttons or zips be visible. Those attending the event can expect a Star Wars fantasy — auctions on autographed, movie-worn clothing, signed Stormtrooper helmets, and VIP photo opportunities with Fisher, said Macaluso. His initial costume reference brief included 1930s adventure stories, Japanese samurai and a copy of Tintin, all to fill out Mollo’s own existing expertise as a military costume historian, which is how the visual identity became this uniquely recognizable mash-up that costume designer Michael Kaplan continues here, down to the useless tools and doodads worked into costumes that the New Hope art department coined “greeblies.” Concept designer Ralph McQuarrie’s initial 1975 sketches for Luke Skywalker were more Flash Gordon-like until he was instead modelled wearing something like the traditional clothing of a Saxon peasant, with the same Japanese shirt as Obi-Wan, and off-white pants (they were Levi’s) wound with suede puttees, those tribal leggings worn in the Himalayas that were later adopted by the British Indian army instead of boots.

While always interested in parts that are well-written, Fisher says she doesn’t like looking at herself on screen. “Meryl Streep says it’s because she’s done three movies a year and just watched it go downhill. That detail suggests everyone’s favourite smuggler Han Solo’s hip-slung belt (with his multi-pocket vest and riding boots, he was dressed like an Old West outlaw).

I went from seeing it whenever the hell that was and now, and it wasn’t a happy surprise.” What she enjoys now about acting in Star Wars movies is working with a new group of youngsters including Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey) and John Boyega (Finn). Solitary, self-taught and entirely self-sufficient on Jakku, Rey has his same swagger, but instead of a weapon holster, her belt secures a canvas pouch for spare parts. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever.

And when she finally does put on fresh clothes it is not, as per her predecessors, to slip into an elaborate headpiece, pretty dress or form-fitting ceremonial gown, but into a similarly practical and nondescript ensemble (flax-coloured, naturally), albeit quilted at the neckline like Leia’s Cloud City dress-vest from Empire. Star Wars salad, that would be good,” Fisher says, laughing. “People bring me their kids like I’m going to bless them, but they’re like 2 months old and they’re already in a Princess Leia outfit,” she says. “I always think they swallowed the outfit and gave birth to the kid wearing the hairy earphones.

It harkens back to early Leia – whose loose, conservative costume (under which Fisher had to bind her breasts to prevent jiggle) was broken down before filming even began, to suggest she was a woman of action rather than politics. Certainly for an action hero, it’s an improvement over Padmé’s cumbersome ceremonial velvets and headgear or even that ivory Attack of the Clones croptop and leggings that was the stuff of heavenly yoga sessions. In this knight’s tale as Space Western, the distressed ain’t the damsel, who’s capable and impatient with anyone who suggests otherwise, and that in itself is a refreshing take on the hero journey (insert obligatory Joseph Campbell reference here).

And where C-3PO was inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis robot Maria but recast as a male android, we get an Imperial female baddie who gets to wear kickass metal-plated armour. The fan-fetish Slave Leia costume and now-defunct action figure have been the subject of feminist chatter but it’s worth remembering that Leia wore this specifically while captured, subjugated and tethered to repellent gangster Jabba the Hut.

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