This item currently lives in my Queen Amidala collection rather than my wardrobe, but being a fashion accessory it does belong here. I first noticed the scarf in some photos on-line of Steve Sansweet’s Rancho Obi-Wan display at Celebration Europe II in June 2013 (like this photo on Flickr). Having no other information about it, I put it on my list of rare/obscure Queen Amidala items and left it at that. During a random ebay search for Queen Amidala in May 2014, I stumbled across a listing for two of them! I quickly clicked ‘buy now’ as they only cost US$10 each. I thought being hard to find might result in being quite expensive if I ever found one – now I have two!
Since then I have been able to find a little bit more information about them via The Collectors Archive – they were made by Ralph Marlin in 1999 for the release of Episode 1, together with a wide range of Star Wars men’s ties. They measure approx 50cm along each edge, made of a lovely soft thin silk. Unfortunately I don’t know their original retail price, or how many were made, but they are so very pretty. Below are photos of my scarves – they feature the Naboo symbol and two different portraits of Queen Amidala (her ‘senate’ gown and ‘throne room’ gowns).