Rounding out our 2015 calendar illustration reveals is this fantastically festive piece for December 2015 by Jonathan Griffiths, beautifully showcasing this scene. Let me… just… stare at this… for a few mi… nutes…
If all goes according to plan, the new calendar will be available for purchase on our store late next week or early the week thereafter.
“As the Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala was most prominently seen in a traditional mode of dress and make-up, designed to express her commitment to maintaining Naboo’s cultural history, and her role within it. Her wide-shouldered, red throne-room robe was accented by hand-stitched gold embroidery and a series of illuminated sein jewels just above the robe’s wide, potolli-furred hem. In addition to this robe, Amidala commonly wore an ornate gold face frame, including the prominent Jewel of Zenda, and had her hair combed over a padded form. She also wore white nail polish during her times as Queen, one of the few traditions she retained from her home village. This extremely formal appearance belied Amidala’s young age, projecting an air of unwavering confidence beneath inscrutable white make-up. This attire was worn during her coronation. She wore it again prior to the Invasion of Naboo, when she confronted Nute Gunray via holographic transmission.” (x)
I MET OPRAH FUCKING WINFREY SHOE SHOPPING IN NORDSTROMS SHE WAS THE NICEST HUMAN BEING IN PERSNO SHE CALLED ME SUGAR AND SAID “HEY-OOOO!” WHEN I TOOK THE PICTURE AND I AM SO MAD BECAUSE I HAVE LIKE NEGATIVE SEVEN FOLLOWER AND SO NOBODY EVER GOIGN TO SEE THIS POST I HASTE MY LIFE
Ladies-in-waiting attending a queen are standard archetypes in fairy tales and Arthurian legends, so the handmaidens in the early scenes with Queen Amidala struck me as fitting. Slowly it becomes clear that these young women are no mere attendants; they are politically astute, protectors of a world leader, and skilled warriors. The handmaidens are crucial to the queen’s plan to capture Nute Gunray and retake Theed. Not only do they take down battle droids with blasters, but they use ascension guns to scale the high palace walls. Princess Leia had set a high bar for heroines and along with Padmé Amidala, the handmaidens Sabé, Rabé, Saché, Yané, and Eirtaé delivered characters to inspire my imagination. Who were they? How did they train? What were their stories? It didn’t hurt that they had fantastic costumes, either.