Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala wears intricate dresses and exotic headpieces in The Phantom Menace, exhibiting the long-held traditions of Naboo. With her intense makeup and beautiful royal garments, Padmé represents beauty ideals rarely seen in Hollywood, somewhat contrasting with typical depictions of femininity and sensuality.
Carrie Fisher--After being kidnapped and enslaved by Jabba The Hut, Princess Leia is forced to wear an iconic gold bikini, rendering her a sexual fantasy. But, being the badass woman she is, she slays her captor with the chain that imprisoned her. Her braid, metal detailing and matching arm cuffs likely take reference from Amazonian folklore and images of exotic female warriors.
Carrie Fisher--Leia's medal ceremony dress in A New Hope is striking, combining elements of a robe and an evening gown with medal work. The drapery falls royally on her shoulders, making it perhaps the most elegant look we've seen on her.
Daisy Ridley--As a scavenger and warrior, Rey's garments are ready for battle. It makes sense that after growing up alone in the desert she wears a collection of monochrome fabrics in shades of brown that are wrapped tightly around her body—a far cry from most female costuming in the films. Rey makes a case for minimalism, layering and expert pattern-making.