The Kessel Runway is blog about women’s Star Wars fashion. I post daily about new products, upcoming release news, reviews, links, and occasionally a little bit of DIY.
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How it all started – November 1st 2014 –
Over the past year I have noticed a distinct trend when browsing my wardrobe for something to wear – it has been taken over by Star Wars t-shirts. I enjoy being able to show my love of Star Wars through my outfits, it also brings my love of clothes shopping and Star Wars collecting together! Star Wars fan clothing for women is easier to find than a few years ago, with companies around today like Her Universe and We Love Fine making Star Wars leggings, dresses, skirts – it is so exciting to have options beyond t-shirts. Our personal sense of style is how we present ourselves to the world, I want to wear items that suit my style, figure and lifestyle while expressing my love for Star Wars.
So I started this blog, to record my adventures in adding more Star Wars to my wardrobe, and more fashion to my Star Wars wardrobe. Shopping my favourite Star Wars clothing brands, together with my beginner sewing skills to create a Star Wars wardrobe tailored for me with characters, costumes, colours and styles I like – both from the real world and from Star Wars that I can’t find in a store. I adore the creativity of avant garde fashion, and it makes so much sense to blend creative fashion styles with Star Wars, when the outfits within the Star Wars universe would be at home on any high fashion runway.
There is also a middle ground between t-shirts and full costumes, by dressing like a character using everyday clothing (like ‘disneybounding’). I am keen to explore all the design options, from designing a modern day fashion equivalent of a costume, to taking costume items and adding them to an everyday outfit. When the galaxy far far away is filled with amazing fashion and outfits, it inspires me as a Star Wars fan to bring a little of that into my wardrobe (and who wouldn’t want Queen Amidala’s wardrobe!). Of course I’ll still be eagerly buying and wearing all the Star Wars clothing and accessories I can find – can’t have a fashion blog without doing some shopping!
“To me, clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” – Marc Jacobs
“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe
“There’s nothing interesting about looking perfect – you lose the point. You want what you’re wearing to say something about you, about who you are.” – Emma Watson
“Style is a deeply personal expression of who you are, and every time you dress, you are asserting a part of yourself.” – Nina Garcia
“Create your own style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” – Anna Wintour
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.” – Gianni Versace
“Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.” – Epictetus
A particularly succinct idea behind my project comes from Tim Gunn, in chapter 3 of his book ‘A Guide To Quality, Taste and Style’ – I highly recommend reading it. He describes the feeling of searching our wardrobes and finding ‘nothing to wear’ as the result of a disparity between the image your clothing projects, and the image you’d like to project, how we see ourselves. My goal, as he writes about, is to build a wardrobe that more accurately portrays who I am, so that the outside matches the inside, so to speak. The more we feel our clothes represent us, the happier we feel about wearing them.
“Understanding and acknowledging who you are is the most important key to the content of your wardrobe.” – Tim Gunn, ‘A Guide To Quality, Taste and Style’