Long ago, in a galaxy far far away….
Or rather last year in Baltimore, MD…. I first talked with Steve Freeman regarding a Star Wars themed event he was planning with George Skepton. Everyone loves Star Wars…..episodes 4-6 at least.
I kind of fell into being Leia for the event after Steve Freeman rendered a digital image of me into Leia. People said I looked so much like her that I should really cosplay her, so I gave in. I refused to be slave bikini Leia though. No offense to those who have worn the costume—I appreciate it for what it is and it is an iconic look, but I honestly just didn’t feel comfortable showing that much skin. It’s a look that’s also a bit over done, so I decided to do the white dress from A New Hope.
I was feeling lazy, and decided not to make my costume that particular time. I bought my costume online, through a seller on Amazon. I have to admit I was impressed with it, from the quality of the outfit to the fast shipping. There was only one issue….
That wig was HIDEOUS.
I have brown hair, so I thought to myself, I could just do the hairstyle with my own hair…..but Leia clearly has a crapton more hair than I do. When I tried the buns with my own hair, they looked far too small.
So here’s what I did: I trimmed the buns off of the crappy wig, added a base and some clips, creating my own bun extenisons that I wove my own hair into and pinned into place. My hair is slightly darker than the wig, but I made it work.
In addition to that, I also brought along an R2D2 tank for some fun shots. It was a really fun day, the first Imperial Forces event had a fantastic turn out and was so fun. ^_^ Steve’s amazing backdrops that he painted were the main attraction!
For the 2nd installment, I initially decided I was going to reprise Leia, but also planned to dress as Padme, in particular, this look:
I really wanted to go all out and make a showstopper. For days I toiled over the numerous aspects of the dress, and before I knew it, I was unfortunately running out of time. 😦
At the last minute, I had to make a change. One of my friends had suggested Mara Jade Skywalker earlier and I was hesitant to accept that idea because I don’t know much about the expanded universe. But with time becoming a factor, I reconsidered the decision after I realized I could throw together something similar with elements I already had in my closet. I feel like it worked out pretty well…..
Aside from serious model business, we did have some time to actually clown around—with lightsabers!
Before you ask, yes I’ve seen the new trailer. I’m erring on the side of skeptical, but I would love for this to be amazing. If it’s not, I have at least discovered a new obsession in the expanded universe book series.
May the force be with you……