The Phantom Menace: After a period disguised as a handmaiden, Queen Amidala resumes her normal status and dress to meet with Senator Palpatine. She wears an elegant gown set off by an intricate Shiraya headdress of Veda pearl beading and glass filaments designed especially for her.
Design: The beautiful pearls and blown-glass beads of the headdress were originally from the skirt of a 1920’s exotic dancer. For the gown itself, costume designer Trisha Biggar used the design of a typical Japanese kimono, though she significantly accentuated the sleeves. Due to their roundness and resemblance to the arctic animal, she began calling them “penguin sleeves.” For the complex stitching on these sleeves, both hand embroidery and machine embroidery were utilized.