Predictably, last weekend’s opening of the latest Star Wars flick, The Last Jedi, took the box office by storm and led to some pretty mixed reviews from fans. Unpredictably though, the inspiration for the late, great Carrie Fisher‘s wardrobe choices came from a pretty unexpected source: the Queen herself, Queen Elizabeth.
And here we thought Kate Middleton was the fashionista of the family.
For those who haven’t seen the eighth film in the franchise yet, Fisher’s character,
Princess General Leia continued to go without her signature hot-cross buns hairstyle, but she also invoked a more overall regal look in terms of her outfits, complete with resistance-leading capes that are a step up from her last film’s overalls, if you ask us. According to costume designer Michael Kaplan, that definitely wasn’t an accident.
“Director Rian Johnson wanted her to look more regal, more like a princess. So I thought capes were good, especially when she’s in the cave and on the battlefield,” Kaplan told Fashionista. “There are pictures of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a military cape that inspired me… I wanted her to look as beautiful and regal as possible and I think the shape and the cloak she’s wearing is very Star Wars, but very elegant, as well.”
The designer, who has also decked out stars for flicks like Blade Runner and Mr. & Mrs. Smith went on to reveal that he had assembled two similar cape costumes for Fisher in the film, one that was a metallic woven fabric and another, much simpler one that quickly became one of the director’s faves.
“[It’s] a gray-green cape that she wears until the end of the film,” he said in the interview. “I love how it frames her face. Rian loved how it looked when [the camera] hit her face and you just saw her eyes. Toward the end of the film, there’s a beautiful shot of her looking above the cape, with just her eyes, with the the collar spiralling around her head and face. It’s a beautiful moment.”
Given that it’s Fisher last film in the franchise following her unexpected and untimely death last year, we’d say that sounds like a pretty fitting ending indeed. In fact, you could say that it’s so perfect, it’s actually fit for a queen.