Force of Fashion focuses on all things wearable in a galaxy far, far away — and right here at home! — with behind-the-scenes studies on some of the most iconic costumes of the saga, and the biggest highlights in Star Wars fashion today.
Over the course of Star Wars history, the Twi’lek people have become important players due to their resilience and rebellion in the face of Ryloth’s longrunning hardships. Despite being first depicted as subservient on all accounts to crime lords like Jabba the Hutt, the Rylothians have played a huge role in the way the saga is shaped and divided, leading rebel troops to gain freedom for themselves and, in many cases, the span of the galaxy itself.
While the Twi’lek people are probably best known for their passion and resilience, it’s apparent that their culture remains a strong part of them no matter where they go. Hera’s natural transition back to her native accent while speaking with her father in Star Wars Rebels is one great example of this, but many Twi’leks remain faithful to what seem to be traditions of dress, as well. One standout representation of this is the manner in which many of the Twi’lek women (and some men) adorn their skulls and the long lekku attached to them. Some are unconventional caps adapted from galaxy-wide travels, but for most, there’s a certain form and shape when it comes to the headpieces that Twi’leks choose. Here are six of the best:
Trading style for substance (though, really, not by much, since she looks great) Captain Syndulla commonly sports a form-fitting pilot’s cap with tight rows of pleats on the top and back that help tailor its fit to her green lekku. The shape and military-style design are something of a divergence from traditional styles of wraps, crowns, and caps, but at her core, Hera is, too. Hera’s connection to her people is likely what inspired her passion for the rebellion, after growing up watching her father fight to liberate her people. While it might be a little much to read so deeply into Hera’s choice of head gear, the practicality of its design is suited perfectly for her, whether paired with goggles or fitted under a specially designed fighter helmet, Hera’s style represents her goal-driven and passionate personality from head to toe.
The Jedi had their own style of traditional garb, and so Master Aayla Secura chose to stick with a solid-colored headpiece that, while muted, reflected her people boldly. Her costume means even more than that for the production crew of Attack of the Clones, because the character actually came together last minute, inspired by a Star Wars comic book design that George Lucas had found on a cover by Jan Foster. The character’s costume was made from leftover scraps during the final few weeks of production on Attack of the Clones, including the leather from Jar Jar’s vest. Aayla’s head piece is wrapped and crafted to fit the cones on each side of her head, with long strips of leather circling her lekku. Her design stands out among the ranks of the Jedi thanks to its display of her Rylothian roots. Diehard fans might also notice that Aayla’s wraps pattern very similarly to those of Lyn Me, another dancer at Jabba’s palace.
Let’s be super honest about Oola: she probably didn’t choose that outfit. Regardless, the crown adorning her head is fairly common among Twi’leks, though its complexity and the rusty metal used to construct it suggest that it’s not a souvenir from her hometown. Little is known about Oola’s home life, so in a way, her ensemble probably feels like what a terrible fish tank looks like – a depressing and crude imitation, except with more horrible slavery. Oola’s Rylothian spirit of rebellion earned her a one-way ticket into the belly of a rancor, so it’s hard not to feel bad for the woman who was once Jabba’s servant.
On a slightly less depressing note, Numa’s return to the Star Wars saga in Season Two of Rebels had fans jumping for joy, and for good reason: the girl who was once saved by a pair of clone troopers was back, and their fighting spirit remained with her – pinned to her outfit, at that. Numa’s headpiece is a lot like Hera’s: built to stay on during battle and designed for functionality above all. It looks to be a two-piece adornment with a tight black under layer underneath a bulkier, tan fabric outer layer that features two bold brown stripes. Numa is currently busy serving under Cham Syndulla as a guerrilla fighter for the Rylothians.
The young Jedi Knight who met her demise at the hands of Darth Maul sported a headpiece that was much more intricate than it appeared from far away. Long before her namealine from The Force Awakens picked up a lightsaber, Finn Ertay was battling her way through the Clone Wars, sporting a cap that matched the fabric and design of her full outfit. Ertay once again blazes against the tide of tradition among the Jedi in order to embrace the fabric cuts of her home world, but instead of the light, acrobat-ready garb of Aayla Secura, Ertay’s outfit was much more coordinated and demure. Along with the long skirt and full coverage of her outfit, Ertay’s fitted cap sports muted, but complex designs along the side, along with silver caps for her “ear cones” and small, circular securing notches on either side of the cap.
Who says a guy can’t accessorize? Sammo Quid was one of the Padawans who trained alongside Star Wars Rebels’ Kanan Jarrus (then Caleb Dume). Sammo’s complex head covering boasts a beautiful combination of angular patterns that just might tell a hidden story. Sammo’s covering is easily one of the most intricate seen so far, especially for a Twi’lek male, since many of them choose to forgo the style.
Honorable mentions for other awesome headgear should go to the previously mentioned Lyn Me, whose head wrap pattern is something of a default when it comes to Twi’lek cosplay, along with Star Wars: Uprising’s Okuvim the Younger, who wears what looks like a Rebel ground fighter helmet crafted for her lekku.
Are there any Rylothians who you think deserves a shoutout for their stylish hats? Sound off in the comments.
Catrina Dennis is a writer and Star Wars die-hard. In her spare time, she tells stories, yells very loudly about soccer, and hosts a few very cool podcasts. Catch up with her on Twitter @ohcatrina.