Mattel recently announced a collaboration with Barbie and Lucasfilm ahead of the release of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and fans are sure to love these fashionable looks from a galaxy far, far away.
The new line of dolls is inspired by original concept art from “Star Wars: A New Hope” and we have to say, the high-fashion take on some of these designs has resulted in some of Barbie’s most creative looks yet. Featured in the collection are outfits inspired by Darth Vader, R2D2, and Princess Leia, all of which are currently available for pre-order at $100 each.
“Barbie and Star Wars are cultural phenomena like no others and so it’s exciting to bring these two worlds together,” says the collection’s designer Robert Best. “I also think it might be an unexpected collaboration and I love that”.
While creating the clothing for the new collection, Best looked first to the most recognizable parts of each of the character designs. In the R2D2 look for example, Barbie’s hair follows the shape of the droid, and the look comes together with subtle elements on her belt and jacket that fans are sure to instantly recognize from the iconic character.
The Darth Vader design puts the character’s classic armor on with such glamour this Barbie is ready for a walk right down a runway or aboard the Death Star. Robert Best explains, “It becomes more about what the costume and its narrative purpose represents emotionally, and finding a way to convey that through fashion,” a valid point when considering that Darth Vader’s clothing was designed to serve a function that is obviously not needed in the fashion world. As a result, Best was challenged with creating a look that would give off the same emotions we feel when we hear the Imperial March.
For Princess Leia, Best focused on keeping her signature hairstyle and adding some high-fashion elements to make one of the most uniquely stunning Barbie gowns. Best was able to expertly design a gown that would instantly resonate with “Star Wars” fans without coming off as an exact replica or a costume. Small touches like the volume of the gown’s sleeves and the angle at which the buns sit on her head were completely intentional so that the Barbie would exude the same level of confidence that Princess Leia is known for.
The “Star Wars” collection will become available mid-November, so if you’re shopping for fans of Star Wars and Barbie or you have a collector on your list for the holidays, this might be just the gift!
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