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Star Wars' style influence

By Matt Glazebrook, 17 December 2015

Whatever your take on the Star Wars films – generation-defining space operas and modern cinema's greatest achievement (minus the three rubbish ones) or overblown kid flicks strictly for the fanboys – there's no denying they look brilliant. The visual feast extends to the costumes, which manage to seem simultaneously futuristic, medieval and – strangely – very AW15. With the hotly anticipated seventh installment – The Force Awakens – released today, we decided to examine some of the series' most influential getups.

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George Lucas channelled Tokyo auteur Akira Kurosawa in his original vision of the Star Wars universe. The Hidden Fortress, Kurosawa's 1958 tale of lowly peasants and warring samurai, was an early plot influence, and the 'feudal Japan' feel continued with the clothes sported by the Tatooine settlers. Drapey capes are everywhere in menswear right now, but this hard-wearing winter kimono and culotte set in camel from Reclaimed Vintage is ideal if you want to go full intergalactic subsistence farmer.

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JW Anderson's SS16 menswear collection was full of futuristic, utilitarian silhouettes fit for some non-specific galaxy far, far away. But this particular outfit – all-white everything with martial touches and a judo belt – is only a light-sabre holster away from something Luke Skywalker would wear to a night out at his local.

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Jawa traders were Tatooine's most lit inhabitants, rocking late 00s Rick Owens goth-ninja hooded robes long before they were a thing. With the force awakening again, desert space scavenger style is set be big in 2016, too, and – as with most things dark, draped and layery – Reclaimed Vintage has your back. 

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Kanye West's Yeezy Season 1 presentation – with its androgynous army of models standing moodily around in a dimly-lit aircraft hanger clad in subtle variations on sexy-alien-worker chic – was basically a Star Wars deleted scene waiting to happen (one that would have significantly improved The Phantom Menace). This look in particular – combining snow boots, space swag and a utility gilet – brought Han Solo kicking and screaming into AW15 (minus the Wookie).

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