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Star Wars Emperor’s Royal Guard Costume

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As much as I appreciate the Rebel Alliance and the Jedi in the Star Wars saga, I have to admit the Empire has better costumes. The red costume worn by the Royal Guard — the elite force that protects Emperor Palpatine — has always caught my eye. Cosplayer Anaria worked with her husband to make a prequel trilogy era Royal Guard costume. Her husband worked on the helmet, and she made the robes. She made a fitted dress with burgundy stretch knit and opera gloves in the same color to wear underneath the robes, and here are her notes on making the outer robes:

The outer robes took longer than they should have – I ended up playing with the draping for ages. I was originally going to make a copy of Matt’s RG robe, but his is original trilogy style with one arm slit. I’m a bit more of a prequel trilogy girl myself, so I wanted to do the two arm slit version (plus it’s more convenient). I was hoping to find 150cm wide fabric, but had no luck I found a good red colour match in a micro crepe (strangely enough the same fabric as my Claire Bennett costume) – it had a good hang to it. Being only 114cm wide, I had to put in two vertical seams behind the shoulders. Got the gathering sorted, then added in the lining. I always get caught up with lining – ended up spending ages making it look all pretty on the inside, which no one really sees. Anyway, I finally got it all done, and added a basic collar.

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See more photos of the costume at Flickr and check out Anaria’s cosplay portfolio at her website.


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