As part of our continuing series about movies that have left their mark on streetwear, we’re taking a closer look at the global phenomenon whose reach goes well beyond the silver screen: Star Wars.
Star Wars is a merchandising giant. You can get ANYTHING Star Wars: his and hers “Han and Leia” hand towels, R2-D2 screwdrivers, a lightsaber selfie stick (no, really). Like any self-respecting, marketable movie franchise, Star Wars also has a plethora of t-shirts and apparel to satisfy your need to be a part of a galaxy far, far away. Costumes from the original trilogy (Episodes IV, V, VI) had an impact on mainstream fashion and “The Force Awakens” is following in those footsteps, making a similar mark on the fashion world.
The most obvious homage to the Star Wars franchise came from Rodarte, whose 2014 collection featured the film’s imagery printed directly onto the fabric. Anyone need a Death Star or Tatooine double moon evening gown? Rag & Bone, along with other fashion giants like Diane von Furstenberg, designed an entire “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” inspired line for charity.
You can see Star Wars inspired fashion in everyday apparel if you look carefully. In our post about 2016 fashion trends we highlighted parkas, which have grown in popularity over the years. Star Wars certainly played a part in that. Remember planet Hoth and its freezing temperatures? Then you might also remember Han Solo donning a pretty sick, fur-lined parka (we’ve provided a picture to help refresh your memory).
And don’t forget the aforementioned t-shirts. Every printed t-shirt with Darth Vader, Luke, Han Solo and other Star Wars characters are in themselves an expression and a choice: the light side or dark side of the Force, the underdog versus the giant. Ultimately that’s what fashion — and especially streetwear – is all about: expressing your unique sense of self through your unique sense of style.