EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE
The Queen wears this dress while conversing with Senator Palpatine in his quarters on Coruscant as they prepare for her appearance before the Senate.
The dress was inspired by a Japanese kimono. Costume designer Trisha Biggar greatly accentuated the sleeves resulting in what she calls "penguin sleeves", because they look like the aquatic bird's flipper wings. Both machine and hand embroidery techniques were used in this dress' construction.
The headdress incorporates a antique baroque pearl embroidered panel from an exotic dancer's skirt, circa 1920. Part of the piece hangs down over the Queen's forehead, and then strands of it were draped up over the rest of the headdress, resulting in a bangs-like look.
Many period clothes were aquired by Trisha Biggar from a woman in Glasgow. Several boxes of vintage clothing and accessories were aquired for costume production.
The Queen's makeup was designed with a Japanese Kabuki style. For the porcelain white base color makeup artist Paul Engelen used RCMA Ivory (He found clown white was too bright and made the eyes look red). The powder applied after the ivory base was Channel 01 Aube Power Lumiere Press». The circles on either cheek were done with red "lake" lip pencil. This same color was used on her top lip and the center section of her lower lip. Nars "Fire Down Below" is the brand and exact color. A white base color was used on either side of the red mark on the bottom lip. Other makeup used included Lancome Elancil black mascara and Givenchy Prizm Topaz (eyeliner?). The eyebrows were sculpted in brown/black.