I dressed up as Princess Leia in her famous slave costume for The Force Awakens premiere in Perth. Get some Star Wars Cosplay inspiration into you!
Stormtroopers, Jedi Masters, Princess Leia’s and more characters in the Star Wars universe were dressed out in full “force” across Perth cinemas in the late/early hours of Thursday morning, December 15th 2015, passing up on sleep so they could be the first to watch the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the long-awaited reboot of the franchise.
And I was one of them! Yes, that’s right – I’m a full on Star Wars nerd, and I’ve been one since I was a wee lassie. So naturally, I got fully dressed up for the occasion – dressing as Princess Leia in her iconic slave costume for the midnight premiere screening.
GET HYPED UP AGAIN!
Before I begin, get yourself hyped up all over again, click on the trailer below to feel that nostalgic, galactic awesomeness.
Felt that? Good. The force is now strong with you. Continue reading on.
STAR WARS COSPLAY INSPIRATION
I realise that I’m a bit late in writing this blog (since The Force Awakens premiere was in December 2015) but alot has happened in my life since then.. I got a new job, for one! (still in digital marketing & social media, yay!).
Despite the delay, it was important for me to post this blog, as I’ve been a diehard Star Wars fan ever since I was a little girl. My older brother would make me watch the old Star Wars movies with him, over, and over, and over again until I could memorise many of the lines. It made me the coolest kid in primary school, and in highschool – maybe not so much. Star Wars captivated me – and of course, so did the love story between Princess Leia and the cheeky Han Solo.
There was no question about it – I was going to the first, midnight screening in Perth for The Force Awakens dressed as Slave Leia. Naughty, naughty.
I put in lots of effort for my Slave Leia costume for the The Force Awakens midnight premiere and had such a GREAT time interacting with other Star Wars fans dressed up in costume! Not going to lie, for a few minutes, I kind of pretended I really was a young Carrie Fisher dressed in her gorgeous, iconic costume. Sigh.
ABOUT THE SLAVE LEIA COSTUME
The Slave Leia costume is an iconic Star Wars costume, and a very popular go-to choice for Cosplay events, making ‘nerds’ salivate everywhere! It refers to the bikini-style outfit worn by Princess Leia Organa when she was captured by the greasy Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi.
The costume was worn by actress Carrie Fisher (and stunt woman Tracy Eddon) and was created by costume designers Aggie Guerard Rodgers and Nilo Rodis-Jamero, inspired by the works of fantasy artist Frank Frazaetta’s Egyptian Queen.
Star Wars Creator George Lucas requested the costume in part becased on Carrie Fisher’s complaints about the lack of interesting costumes she wore in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back films respectively.
“It was like steel, not steel, but hard plastic, and if you stood behind me you could see straight to Florida. You’ll have to ask Boba Fett about that.” – Carrie Fisher
Since Return of the Jedi hit screens in 1983, the Slave Leia costume gained a huge fan following. Hundreds of female fans wear home-made or online-bought version of the costume at science fiction and cosplay events.
THE FORCE AWAKENS MIDNIGHT SCREENING IN PERTH
I’d love to revisit pictures from The Force Awakens midnight screening to show you all how it worked out for me, and how you can dress up like Princess Leia too!
(Unless you’re a heterosexual man, in which case you may or may not want to dress like her – but you can still get cosplay inspiration for the favourite woman in your life, right?)
Wearing my #CoverGirl #StarWars #colourliciouslipstick, number 70, to the #TheForceAwakens midnight screening in #Perth, #WesternAustralia. I chose the 'light' side, because I'm not only a princess, I have the power of the force as well 😉 – nice lipstick with a glossy shimmer, perfect. #COVERGIRLStarWarsAU #makeup #PrincessLeia #SlaveLeia #slaveleiacosplay #princessleiacosplay #starwarscosplay
All in all, such a great night hanging out with other dressed up Star Wars fans! I’m looking forward to the next Star Wars film!