Prequel Appreciation Day!

Prequel Appreciation Day!

It’s Prequel Appreciation Day! Created by the Star Wars Prequel Appreciation Society (SWPAC), the annual day of celebration takes place this year on May 20th. The prequels have always been close to my heart – in 2006 my husband proposed to me at Villa Balbianello, the Episode II filming location in Italy where Anakin and Padme’ share their first kiss, and are later married – the most romantic place in the world for this prequel fan.

For Prequel Appreciation Day, SWPAC encourages fans to share their 10 favourite things about the prequels – seeing as this is a Star Wars fashion blog, I thought I would share my top 10 prequel-themed fashion items from my wardrobe. Well, it ended up being more than 10, but sometimes it’s just too hard to choose only 10!

Read more about Prequel Appreciation Day at SWPAC

For me, the combination of red and gold are always a great choice for Padme’ themed apparel – her ‘Theed throne room’ gown from Episode I is one of her most well known outfits, and one of my favourite costumes from the entire Star Wars saga. I love these two red/gold t-shirts from Her Universe – the first features artwork by Tsuneo Sanda, with Padme’ Amidala in her ‘picnic’ gown from Episode II, Anakin Skywalker from Episode III, and even Shmi Skywalker too! The second t-shirt is a gorgeous red with the gold text ‘Queen’, with the Naboo symbol.

Women's Padme' Amidala t-shirts by Her Universe

The Cartoon Network micro series ‘Clone Wars’ filled the anxious wait between Episode II and III, but it tends to be a little forgotten these days. I absolutely love the series – especially the episode of Padme’ Amidala on Ilum. Her ‘Snowbunny’ outfit is one of my favourite costumes that I have made, and so I was very excited when print-on-demand company Zazzle featured her outfit in their range of images available for t-shirt printing (I also picked up two prints, to add to my collection).

Yoda features in the Ilum episode too, and as a fan of all things Jedi, I had to grab these two women’s t-shirts featuring the famous Jedi Master, as seen in the ‘Clone Wars’ micro series. I picked up the green t-shirt second hand from a friend, while the black t-shirt I bought from the (sadly long gone) Star Wars Shop – the print is actually fuzzy to the touch, I love it!

Women's Star Wars micro series Clone Wars Padme' t-shirt Women's Star Wars micro series Clone Wars Yoda t-shirts

To celebrate the release of Episode I in 3D in 2012, We Love Fine released a range of apparel featuring this gorgeous Queen Amidala artwork by Craig Drake. I love this artwork style, so I picked up both the women’s t-shirt, and the unisex hoodie. The hoodie is one of my most worn items in my wardrobe, it’s so comfy!

I picked up this Darth Maul themed tank top during a Her Universe sale – it’s great to have a Sith themed garment that doesn’t feature Darth Vader! I have such fond memories of watching Episode I over and over with my daughter when she was young, so I’m always keen to add more women’s Episode I apparel to my wardrobe (and Darth Maul is awesome).

Women's Queen Amidala t-shirt and unisex hoodie from We Love Fine Women's Darth Maul themed Sith tank top by Her Universe

As a huge Queen Amidala fan, I love the Naboo symbol – but Her Universe is the only licensed company to use the symbol for jewelry items (so far). I love the Her Universe Naboo symbol earrings and charm so much, I bought two of each! I also commissioned this acrylic Naboo symbol pendant from an Etsy seller many years ago, and have unfortunately lost track of who made it – I would love to see a jewelry company make a pendant like this!

My first Valentine’s Day with my husband (when we were dating), he gave me this wooden japor snippet he carved himself. It is so special to me – I wore it against my heart inside my wedding gown. Like the Naboo symbol, Her Universe is the only licensed company to use the japor snippet design as a jewelry item, with their limited edition charm. I wish I had been able to buy more of this charm, to also wear as a necklace and earrings.

Naboo symbol jewelry Japor snippet jewelry

While these next items reside in my Queen Amidala collection, rather than my wardrobe, they are wearable, so I wanted to include them. The first is a Pizza Hut employee apron from 1999, made by Barco. The front features Queen Amidala’s throne room gown in a large all-over print – as much as I would love to, I’ve never used this apron, as it’s still like new (complete with it’s original packaging and tags). I also have the beautiful Queen Amidala silk scarves made by Ralph Marlin, and two collectible pins featuring Queen Amidala – I received these in a trade with a fellow collector in Japan.

Pizza Hut employee Queen Amidala apron by Barco Ralph Marlin Queen Amidala silk scarves and Episode 1 pin

While I’m not sure when the Jedi Order logo was first used, it has a strong prequel connection – it certainly doesn’t appear in the original trilogy. Perhaps one of the most notable appearances is on Obi-Wan Kenobi’s shoulder armour in the Clone Wars series. While it is now often used in association with all Jedi, for me it still has a strong prequel connection. Being both a Jedi and prequel fan, I often pick up jewelry items featuring the Jedi Order symbol when I can – like these earrings by Body Vibe and Bioworld, and the charm by Her Universe.

Lastly, in my quest to have more Queen Amidala themed apparel, I have taken to tracking down men’s/boy’s t-shirts from the Episode 1 era. While I don’t wear these in their current state, I plan to customize these into more flattering women’s style tops. I just wish that I didn’t have to, it is so frustrating that Queen Amidala is not featured on women’s apparel very often – something I wrote about in an earlier article. While I know companies want to create apparel and accessories featuring characters from the new films, I do hope we see more prequel themed items in the future – we should be able to show our love for our favourite characters, from all the films!

Jedi Order symbol jewelry Men's/boys' Queen Amidala t-shirts

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7 Comments

  1. May 20, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    Awesome! I’ll be sure to link to this article from SWPAS!

    • May 27, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      Thanks so much! I really enjoyed writing about my favourite prequel-themed fashion (now we just need more available!) 🙂

  2. May 21, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Very cool, unique way of celebrating Prequel Appreciation Day! Had to chime in to say that I have also been to Villa Balbianello and it is SURREAL. Outside of visiting the Lars’ hut in Tunisia, I can’t imagine any other location that so evokes the feeling of actually being in a Star Wars film.

    • May 27, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      Thanks – I really enjoyed writing about my favourite prequel fashion. Visiting the Villa really does feel like you’re there on Naboo, it’s just an amazing place. I hope to make it back for another visit sometime in the future 🙂

  3. Shannon Lee
    May 6, 2017 / 10:48 am

    You have an amazing collection of Padme Amidala stuff and I am so jealous. She is my favorite Star Wars character. I have a bunch of action figures of her but I want more. I want to wear stuff with her on it but I can’t seem to find any good products anymore. Where did you find some of your stuff? Or did you get it when Phantom Menace had actually come out so it was easier to get all of it? I really love this and I like that you have a Prequel Appreciation Day. I love the Prequel’s so much but everyone I know always disses on the them and it kind of makes me mad.

    • May 6, 2017 / 2:15 pm

      Hi – thank you so much! I totally agree – I am a huge fan of the prequels, and Padme’ Amidala is one of my favourite Star Wars characters. Unfortunately I didn’t buy any of my apparel when Episode 1 came out (didn’t have much spending money in high school), so I have collected it in recent years through eBay.

      Sadly not many companies include Padme’ in their apparel range these days – Fifth Sun has Queen Amidala artwork available on a few women’s tops (http://amzn.to/2pPH0sD) and you can find a few fan-made t-shirts on Teepublic (http://bit.ly/2qKxmWc). Also, fan label Elhoffer Design has a range of knitwear tops inspired by Padme’s costumes (http://bit.ly/2q95v4Q).

      I am always on the look-out for more Padme’ themed apparel myself, so I hope to see more available in the future 🙂

  4. Shannon Lee
    May 6, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I was too little when the first movie came out to truly appreciate anything, but like I mentioned I did get a lot of action figures that I have cherished every moment. Padme and Anakin were always my favorite. I grew up watching the prequels which I think is part of why I love them so much. Lately everyone I talk to just bags on them and says how awful they are.
    But Star Wars means the world to me and Padme was my role model. It is only recently for me as well that I have been searching far and wide for anything with her on it! Thank you for sharing some websites with me! I found a shirt on Fifth Sun today actually that I ordered!
    I hope to see more Padme stuff available as well but unfortunately The Force Awakens and Rouge One are the thing that is popular now. And the original 3 movies are still everyone’s favorite so there is a bunch of merchandise for those movies.

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