To celebrate its 10th Anniversary Melissa reveals her all-time favorite costumes from Star Wars: The Clone Wars
I am a huge fan of costume dramas, and Star Wars has no shortage of costumes. A character’s costume can tell a lot about a character’s personality, job, social and economic status, and can even be symbolic. These are my top favorite costumes from over the course of the series that help show some aspect of a character.
Latts Razzi was a bounty hunter during the Clone Wars who was part of Bobba Fett’s gang. Her costume is one of my favorite bounty hunter costumes because not only is it practical but functional as well. She wore protective leather pants and sleeveless shirt, but it was her scaled boa that was her signature piece. Not only did it function as armor, but could be used in combat as a whip like weapon. I absolutely love it when seemingly decorative costume pieces can double as weapons.
Ahsoka’s Slave Costume
In Season 4 episode 12, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Rex, and Ahsoka infiltrate the slavers on Zygerria. Ahsoka goes undercover as a captured Togruta princess. Her teal costume and jewels give the perfect regal effect to sell their cover story. Out of all the slave outfits we see over the course of the Saga, I’d say this one is the most beautiful, and it’s definitely not as revealing as some of the female slave outfits we see. My favorite part about it though I think is her jewelry, particularly that headpiece.
Duchess Satine’s pink “battle ready”
While helping Obi-Wan investigate on Concordia, she wore a tailed jacket and a pair of pants. This allowed her the freedom to not only run around investigating, but to run from the Death Watch without being tripped up by the long and cumbersome skirt of a dress. It’s still just regal enough for others to realize who she is, but completely functional compared to her other costumes.
Padme Amidala’s purple dinner gown
Padme wears this dress to dinner while spying on her former lover Senator Clovis in Season 2. This one is a bit of a ridiculous choice really. It’s a bit low cut, and on the screen caps showing the side view the sleeves aren’t even connected to the rest of the dress. I’m not sure how she’d keep the darn thing on if it was a real dress. However, it does serve its purpose of being a seductive tool when flirting with Clovis. But it’s still elegant and it’s in my favorite color. I can just imagine it in velvet or satin, or a combination of both.
Obi-Wan’s Mandolorian Armor
Obi-Wan rarely wears anything but his Jedi robes. Only when he’s undercover does he put on something other than the standard Jedi outfit. In the Season 5 episode “The Lawless”, Obi-Wan goes to rescue his former love, the Duchess Satine, and infiltrates the prison in the same way Han Solo and Luke Skywalker will one day infiltrate the Death Star prison block, by knocking out a guard and taking his armor. Under the reign of Maul, those loyal to the former Sith wear black and red painted armor in a show of fealty. In said armor, Obi-Wan easily passes as a loyal soldier. Not to mention, Obi-Wan as a Jedi Knight in battle dented armor makes a perfect parallel to the knight of medieval literature’s stories of courtly love between a Lady and her Knight.
Senator Riyo Chuchi
Senator Chuchi was the young female senator for Pantora during the Clone Wars era and a friend of Padme Amidala and Ahsoka Tano. A dark pink knee length dress with blue pants under it, the headdress and simple gold accents and jewelry are practical, yet simple and elegant enough to mark her position.
Ahsoka Cold Weather
In the Season 4 episode “A Friend in Need”, Ahsoka helps her friend Lux Bonteri when he goes to visit Death Watch on Carlac. Due to the planet being covered in snow, she wears a blue fur trimmed coat. It reminds me a bit of a Water Tribe coat from Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is one reason why I like it. Plus, it’s nice to see her in something different for a change.
Padme’s Casual Lavender Outfit
In several episodes, Padme wears a more casual lavender outfit around her apartment and when traveling. I mentioned above that my favorite color is purple, so it’s not surprising I like this one too. It’s one of the least elaborate of Padme’s wardrobe and one of the few times she wears pants, in face it’s the only time she wears pants that isn’t for a battle or something similar. It’s simple, casual, and functional, even with that ridiculous headdress.
Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters
Mother Talzin and the Nightsisters are introduced in Season 3’s “Nightsisters”. Like the Sith and their red lightsabers, their red clothes represent the darker emotions associated with the Dark Side. Mother Talzin’s robes are imposing and intimidating at first glance, and then even more so as you realize they actually slowly move. Her design was also based off of unused concept art for Darth Maul. Together, Talzin and the Nightsisters are a frighteningly formidable opponent, especially with their red costumes.
The Mortis arc in Season 3 introduced the Father, Son, and Daughter. The Daughter represented the Light Side of the Force and wore a beautiful and regal costume and her glowing presence made the whole thing look ethereal. And of course there’s her jewelry and that headpiece. You all know by know how much I love headdresses. The whole thing has the effect of portraying her as a symbol of the Light Side and almost angelic.
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I’m Mina, the Jedi Librarian. I’m a Program Specialist Librarian, lover of all the books, and a lifelong Star Wars fan. I’m also secretly a Jedi.