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Star Wars Fancy Dress Party Ideas

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.... someone decided to throw a themed fancy dress party

Okay, so that was a bad cliché, but throwing a Star Wars fancy dress party is serious! Star Wars is one of the largest-grossing movie franchises of all time, six familiar stories and many unforgettable characters make for an excellent fancy dress party theme. The Star Wars universe gives you a wide scope of characters, from both the new and older trilogies, with many iconic outfits available. Who can forget Princess Leia's plaited bun hair-style, or even her metal bikini from Return of the Jedi? Darth Vaders helmet is instantly recognised all over the world, and of course, you mustn't forget to equip yourself with a lightsabre or blaster!

Turn to the Dark side by becoming Darth Vader, one of the most recognised villains in cinema history, or fight the good fight with a member of the Rebel Alliance, the choice is yours. The Star Wars universe is rich with many different characters, but try and stick to the more prominent of these, not only are they more readily available, but you want to be recognisable!

It's easy to be a geek with so many character choices, so unless you're going to throw a party for real aficionados, you should consider a simpler, more recognisable outfit. In the first trilogy, many classic characters have been etched indelibly into the mind of many of my own generation. From the Dark side, Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Darth Sidious, Emperor Palpatine, Storm-Troopers and even Jabba the Hutt are some of your villainous options. The Light side offers a wealth of heroes; you can be Luke Skywalker, Obi-wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia among many others, if you wish to be in the 'good guy' camp. Of course, the newer generation may prefer the evil of Darth Maul or Count Dooku, or the heroics of Qui-Gon Jinn, Anakin Skywalker, or Princess Amidala. The choice, of course, is ultimately yours.

Star Wars has been a huge phenomenon culturally since the first movie wasreleased back in 1977, it has been enjoyed by two generations, and thanks tothe newer trilogy, and the introduction of the Clone Wars, the Star Wars universe is getting renewed interest and is also attracting younger fans.Chewbacca is the friend and co-conspirator of Han Solo, the smuggler from Corellian on the run from Jabba the Hutt.

Star Wars is one of the biggest and most recognised brands of the last 30 years, and has been enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Nearly all of the characters are familiar to us, from both the old and the new films, and this leaves you with a wide scope for costume ideas. A Star Wars themed party is always popular, and many costumes are available to purchase or hire.


Chewbacca Costume

Chewbacca is the friend and co-conspirator of Han Solo, the smuggler from Corellian on the run from Jabba the Hutt. Chewbacca is an 8ft tall, hair
covered beast, known as a Wookiee. He is an advanced creature, able to pilot the Millennium Falcon, and be the mechanic, although he only communicates with distinctive roars and growls. Although an aggressive creature by nature, and easily antagonised, he has a friendlier dispostion towards his comrades. He is mainly a sidekick to Han Solo, providing some comic relief,but is used as bait in Return of the Jedi, in order to rescue Luke Skywalker and friends from the gangster, Jabba the Hutt.
Chewbacca is a superb costume idea, if the right outfit is rented/ purchased. A distinctive, long-furred character makes for a spectacular costume, and is bound to set you apart from other party-goers. There are many Chewbacca outfits out there, and they are likely to be rented rather than bought, due to the expense of creation. A good quality costume of faux-fur needs to also be light enough to prevent the overheating and dehydration of the wearer, polyester being the preferred choice. A full over-head mask and gloves completes the basic look, but you will need some accessories to be even more authentic. Acquiring a belt, sash and leather pouch will complete the job nicely.

Darth Vader Costume

Darth Vader is probably the most easily recognisable characters from the Star Wars galaxy, which itself is one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, and he is also one of the biggest villains in cinema
There are many variations of the Darth Vader costume available, in a wide range of prices.  You can rent or buy your costume, and you can easily spend nearly £900 on a full deluxe replica outfit.  However,
a more realistic price of under £100 will still get you a very authentic looking costume.  Depending on your budget, you are sure to find the right costume.  A budget costume would consist of a t-shirt with Darth Vaders control box printed on and a cheap, thin material for the black cape, for example, while the higher end costumes would have plastic moulded parts and better quality, longer lasting materials instead.
The most obvious part of the costume to get right is the helmet, and although the cheaper masks do a decent job of replicating it, you may want to consider the slightly better looking 'full-head' option.  A
black cape, gloves, and boots almost finishes the outfit, but of course it is not complete without that famous lightsabre!

Princess Leia Costume

Princess Leia has a fairly complex role in the original Star Wars trilogy. She is the princess of Alderaan, and in Episode IV: A New Hope, we discover that she is a feisty warrior, fighting alongside the Rebel Alliance.

Her home planet is destroyed by Darth Vader when she refuses to tell him the location of the rebel base, or the Death Star plans, and in Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, she and Han Solo are turned over to Vader by Lando Calrissian, which leads to Han being frozen in carbonite and handed over to Jabba the Hutt. Lando eventually helps them escape, and they rescue Luke after his near-fatal duel with Darth Vader. Episode VI: Return of the Jedi sees Leia on Tattooine, disguised as a bounty hunter, bargaining for Han Solo's life. Soon after releasing Han from the carbonite, she is identified and captured by Jabba, and made into his slave girl, bound to him in chains. Han and Luke are to be fed to the Sarlacc in the desert, but a daring rescue by Lando disguised as a guard, also sees Leia choking her captor to death with his own chain.

Princess Leia has two iconic outfits; the long, flowing white robe with white boots, and of course, the spectacular buns of hair either side of her head, and the now, rather infamous 'metal-bikini' she wears as Jabba the Hutt's slave girl. Both outfits are instantly recognisable, and the right look is easily obtainable. Don't forget: Leia will need a blaster if she's to help the Rebel Alliance and battle the forces of the Dark side!

A Jedi Knight Costume

Being a Jedi Knight is a popular choice, not only does every one love a 'good guy' but the Jedi costume is very simple, and still provides an easily recognisable, good-looking outfit. There are a few different costumes, for both male and female characters, adult and child, and of course, your outfit isn't going to be complete unless you have a lightsabre!

There are generally three different types of Jedi, two that reflect the different male costumes between the original and the newer trilogy, and the female Jedi Knight only seen in the newer films. This means a choice between Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Mace Windu, or even Anakin Skywalker, among others. This basically gives you two options, you can either have the traditional dark hooded robe, with the tunic underneath, or the lighter, more suit-like outfit. All in all, an easy to pull off costume idea that still gives you plenty of scope to be original.