“Some characters did darken, particularly Anakin”: Costume Designer of One Star Wars Movie Did Intentional Additions to Hayden Christensen’s Wardrobe to Signal Darth Vader is Coming

How costume choices in Attack of the Clones hinted at Anakin Skywalker's fate.

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  • George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy chronicles Anakin Skywalker's journey from Jedi to Sith, a transformation that was emphasized through the characters’ costumes.
  • Star Wars costume designer shared that the film's palette shifted to a notably darker tone, mirroring the growing influence of the Sith in Episode II.
  • They specifically added leather tabs on Anakin Skywalker's costume, subtly foreshadowing his future transformation into Darth Vader.
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George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy chronicles Anakin Skywalker’s journey from Jedi to Sith along with the Galactic Republic’s descent into the Galactic Empire. Despite mixed reviews, the trilogy faced several challenges, notably in costume design, as characters evolved throughout the films, particularly Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker. 

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Hayden Christensen in Attack of the Clones
Hayden Christensen in Attack of the Clones | Credit: Lucasfilm

The Star Wars costume designer Trisha Biggar shared how such transformations were emphasized through the characters’ costumes in Episode 2, amidst the growing influence of the Sith leading to the outbreak of war.

Costume Designer Reflected on Symbolic Wardrobe Choices in Attack of the Clones

The Star Wars costume designer shared insight into the careful considerations that went into the characters’ wardrobe choices, especially in Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), who goes through a drastic transformation in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

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Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones | Credit: Lucasfilm

During her conversation with StarWars.com, Trisha Biggar also shared that the film’s palette shifted to a notably darker tone, mirroring the growing influence of the Sith and the onset of war within the Republic.

“The colors changed, definitely, and some characters did darken, particularly Anakin,” Biggar said, as she explained that they specifically added leather tabs on his costume, subtly foreshadowing his future transformation into Darth Vader.

“We put leather tabs on him as sort of a forward reflection of the leather that we would see him in later [as Darth Vader],” the costume designer revealed. However, it was nothing less than a challenge as they also had to keep in mind the brighter side of the character. 

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Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala
Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala | Credit: Lucasfilm

“It’s such a difficult part, too, to play having to show both sides,” the Star Wars costume designer said while reflecting on the challenges of balancing two different sides of the character through their wardrobe.

Padmé Amidala’s Galactic Fashion Evolution in Star Wars

Padmé Amidala’s costumes remain a highlight of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In her conversation with StarWars.com, the costume designer Trisha Biggar also reflected on the wardrobe of the character, portrayed by Natalie Portman in the franchise.

Queen Padme Amidala, Star Wars
Queen Padme Amidala in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace | Credit: Lucasfilm

While her attire was elaborate, formal, and heavy, reflecting the responsibilities and gravitas of being a young queen in Episode 1, her wardrobe underwent a significant transformation as she transitioned from monarch to senator in Attack of the Clones.

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Biggar explained that Padmé’s costumes become more practical in subsequent films yet retained a sense of elegance and sophistication befitting her new role. “We were seeing her as a senator and a young woman,” she explained.

Biggar further stated, “She was much more aware of herself. She wasn’t having to be so formal or elaborate. She wasn’t as serious. And, she was falling in love.” She also shared that their experience with The Phantom Menace helped them avoid some of the challenges they faced while filming Episode I.

Attack of the Clones
Attack of the Clones | Credit: Lucasfilm

Biggar shared that some of the royal headdresses worn by Padmé Amidala were exceptionally intricate and bulky. These designs were so elaborate and heavy that they had to develop pulley systems to support the weight of these headdresses between shots.

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“So by the time we got to Attack of the Clones, we were going lightweight with everything,” Biggar shared, highlighting the evolution of both the character’s fashion and the costume designers’ approach across the prequel trilogy.

The Star Wars prequel trilogy is available to stream on Disney+.

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