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New Mexican (Newspaper) - October 2, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico BACK AT THE RANCH 9898110 209 East Marcy Street and Queen Amidalas outfit complete with headdress is one of the iconic looks from Star Wars on exhibit at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles roads lead to her own expense to attend the Fashion Institute party wearing her reproduc tion of the Queen Amidala costume and the Shiraya fan headdress featured in Episode I The Phantom Menace She planned to document the costumes with notes photos a tape measure and a Pan tone swatch book There is going to be serious scien tific investigation going she said With such a dedicated fan base one courts danger to say that the Sfar Wars story seems a little hokey and the cos tumes a little cheesy But this exhibit reveals why nonfans should care about Sfar Wars The series challenged talented arti sans who advanced and preserved arts that are thousands of years old handbeading dense embroidery leatherworking and even armor forging Sfar Wars costumes are to cinema what the haute couture is to fashion Only the richest moviemaker could afford such fantastic works They would be worn only in a fantasy world Its a feast for Lucassaid And so how big was the budget Lowering her voice an octave Biggar nearly whispered Thats hard to believe and neither she nor Lucas is talking but perhaps when youre charged with dressing a galaxy that includes armies of aliens and generations of royalty theres just never enough gilt and ormolu to go around If you go Dressing a Galaxy The Costumes of Star Wars is on display through Dec 10 at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising 919 S Grand Los Angeles Admission is free but a to ticketprocessing fee applies Visit for information AUTHENTIC SOUTHWESTERN AMERICAN CUISINE HIDEAWAY The New Mexican magazine Oct 28 2005 SUNDAY 9
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