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"It was like steel, not steel, but hard plastic, and if you stood behind me you could see straight to Florida. You'll have to ask Boba Fett about that." ― LMB

Leia's slave costume.

The Slave Leia costume refers to the iconic photos that stand the test of time -style outfit worn by when she was captured by in. The costume was worn by and and was created by and, inspired by the works of. creator requested the costume in part based on Fisher's complaints about the lack of interesting costumes in and.

The costume has gained a huge fan following since the release of Return of the Jedi. Hundreds of female fans wear home-made and store-bought versions of the costume at, many of whom post pictures of themselves on the popular,. Variations of the costume have been worn by characters in other Star Wars mediums, like in, in, and the in. The costume has also made several appearances outside of the Star Wars universe, such as when it was worn by in the television sitcom, by in the TV show, and in.




"She's in robes all the time, and then it's just like, 'That's what's under those robes? Holy smokes.'" ― Slaveshadows

wearing the slave Leia costume.

The -style costume consisted of a fastened over the neck and behind the back with string, a brass, and red flowing attached to the front and back of the panty. Within the -universe, the veils were made of the luxury cloth and the leather boots were made from hide, a beast of burden. The costume appeared in the film and was worn by and, both of whom portray.

The costume was worn in scenes at, aboard the and during the at the., the, forced Leia Organa to wear the costume after capturing her during her failed attempt to rescue the. Like other previously in his service, the imprisoned Leia was forced to lay before Jabba, kept in place by a chain held by the Hutt. Jabba kept her in this submissive position in front of all his subjects and henchmen as a means of humiliating the princess. After only one day of imprisonment, however, Organa used the same chain that imprisoned her to strangle Jabba the Hutt to.


Conception and creation

slave costume was created partially in response to complaints by Carrie Fisher about the lack of interesting costumes her character wore in and. Fisher felt one could not tell "she was a woman" from the wardrobe, and said of it years later, "I got one, sorry, two dresses, and the first one (looks) the same all the way around."Star Wars creator gave the Return of the Jedi costume department only general instructions when it came to Princess Leia Organa's slave costume, but it was clear to them he wanted something special for the outfit; recalled, "His eyes started sparkling when we talked about it."

Slave leia sketch by Aggie Guerard Rodgers

An early sketch of the costume by,.

The costume was inspired by the works of, a who often concentrated on the female form. The outfit was first developed in sketches by, the Jedi costume designer who previously served as assistant art director of visual effects for. Rodgers then built the costume as part of the visual effects company. also helped with the costume; veteran ILM -maker brought Miller aboard for Jedi after he viewed several of Peterson's private sculptures and realized they were very similar to the Leia slave costume they were developing.

The costume designers made a of Carrie Fisher's so it could be designed to a custom fit. Rodgers and the staff created multiple versions of the outfit to accommodate different scenes in the film, including a hard metal piece for scenes in which Fisher remained still, and a rubber outfit she and stuntwoman Tracy Eddon could wear comfortably while performing stunts; Eddon wore the latter costume when she swung from Jabba's sail barge with 's stunt double,. The outfit was lined with so it would not chafe Fisher's body. Rodgers originally wanted the costume's fabrics to be twenty-five yards long and flow throughout Jabba's palace, but the costume department could not make the concept work. Regarding fans who want to make their own slave Leia costume, Rodgers said, "There's a lot of stretchy fabric out there. I would use rubberized material from anywhere. And hand stitch it so there are no big explosions when you're walking about."

Carrie Fisher and crew reaction

"I remember that iron bikini I wore in Episode VI: what supermodels will eventually wear in the seventh ring of hell." ―

Prior to the filming of Return of the Jedi, Lucas invited Fisher to to show her a picture of the costume. Fisher said he showed her the picture "to frighten me into, I think. He succeeded." Fisher was also asked to tone her body in such a way that she would have no lines or wrinkles around her waist for her scenes in which she sat up straight in front of Jabba.

In the 1990s, Carrie Fisher would show Return of the Jedi to her daughter, Billie Catherine Lourd, who fell asleep the first time she saw it. During her first scenes in the slave costume, Fisher said she thought, "Oh my God, there is me with the good body," and tried to wake her, saying, "You are going to get this body, so pay attention." Despite her daughter's indifference, Fisher later said in a interview, "but it's not a bad body to get, and of course I didn't know that at the time (of filming). We were all younger then."

One of the became extremely excited to learn that he would be doing the body-casting of Carrie Fisher and talked about it every day. The department became concerned about the situation and, at the last minute, gave the job to another moldmaker. Peterson recalled, "If he had just kept his mouth shut and not been so enthusiastic, they would have let him go through with it." Similarly, Rodgers said many of the Return of the Jedi crew were men who "really enjoyed being on the set" during Fisher's scenes with the costume.

Filming Return of the Jedi

"Most of the crew are men, and they really enjoyed being on the set." ― CarrieFisher and TraceyEddon

and in the costume on the set.

The metal framework that held the top together did not move well with the costume, and it proved difficult to keep the costume in place during filming; several scenes had to be re-shot due to "wardrobe malfunctions." Fisher did not believe in the industry standard solution of using, so it became necessary for a wardrobe person to check whether her were still secure and snug within the costume top after each take. Fisher said the costume "drove the wardrobe person nuts." Fisher herself also found the costume to be difficult to endure and referred to it as "what will eventually wear in the of." Fisher also said it was particularly revealing to the cast and crew around her. In particular, the actor who played, could see more of the actress than she was comfortable with. In an interview years later, she said, "if you stood behind me you could see straight to. You'll have to ask Boba Fett about that."

Princess Leia wears the costume in Return of the Jedi for exactly 150 seconds of combined screen time, including facial and shots of and. Prior to the theatrical release of Return of the Jedi, was hired to create the, the first Jedi poster to feature a collage of characters. Sano was given no specific art direction, and his original sketches were largely accepted by with few changes. The only specific request officials made to Sano was to replace an existing image of Leia Organa with one of the princess wearing her slave costume.

Carrie Fisher also donned the suit on the cover of an 1983 issue of, to publicize the magazine's interview with George Lucas entitled "Star Wars Goes on Vacation." The cover photo, shot by photographer Aaron Rapoport, includes Leia Organa sitting on a towel at a beach, laughing and holding hands with an ; standing behind them are holding a and a guard holding a.

Fan following

"Jabba put her into the outfit to humiliate her, but Leia was such a strong character, her will made the costume empowering." ―Amira Sa'id Dcon07 pic6

A group of fans wearing the slave Leia costume at the.

Leia Organa's slave costume has become a popular outfit among female fans at like,, and ; group photos of women dressed in the costume is often among the most crowded and popular exhibits at such events. Many women who wear the costume say they enjoy the attention it affords them from male fans, who often ask to have their picture taken with them; the costume is also popular among who imagine the slave Leia physically assaulting them. Men and babies are occasionally dressed as slave Leia at conventions, although on a far less common basis.

, a dedicated specifically to Leia's slave costume, was launched in. The site was created and is maintained by Jamin Fite, who said he was inspired after he saw a photo of a female fan dressed in the costume; prior to that, Fite said, "I didn't even know girls were into Star Wars." The site includes,, information about where to buy a costume, instructions on how to build one, and pictures of more than 280 female fans dressed in the costume. The site has been featured on such as and and such as. During a broadcast from, Spike personality Nicole Malgarini (wearing the Slave Leia costume herself) referred to Fite as the "slavemaster" and "the of Star Wars.

The website of, an international, ranked Leia Organa in the slave costume the #1 "hottest nerd crush" and referred to it as "the -universe equivalent of doffing her top in. Organa outranked such as from, from, from and from. Carrie Fisher donning the slave suit in Jedi ranked second in a 2008 poll for the most inspirational bikini moment; first place went to as emerging from the sea in the first film in the,. Fisher in the slave costume also ranked number three in a list of top ten jaw dropping moments in a September 2008 issue of Star Wars Insider.

ranked Carrie Fisher's slave costume scenes in Return of the Jedi at number sixteen in its 2007, "25 Most Memorable Swimsuit Moments." Several commented on the outfit during the E! special. Lisa Curran said the popularity of Leia's slave costume demonstrates the allure and popularity of the swimsuit, even in a setting., a, said the costume demonstrates how the power of clothing and circumstances can change a viewer's perception of a person who had not previously been considered attractive; Stein said, "It's like, 'We didn't think of Princess Leia sexually. Oh! Chain her up to a really disgusting creature? We've got a hard-on." Actor said, "She's in robes all the time, and then it's just like, 'That's what's under those robes? Holy smokes.'" said, "Carrie Fisher had a great body back then, and she had to, because she was wearing for ears throughout the entire shoot of Star Wars." joked that Jabba, not Leia, looked attractive in that scene, and Sklar said, "He was from before Jared from Subway was Jared from Subway." Celebrity Peter Ishkans joked that the costume probably sexually aroused.

Various celebrities have also been shown wearing the costume. One prominent example was, the star of the shows and, who was photographed wearing the outfit during a costume party., a radio and television host, has been photographed wearing the costume, and actress/model Phoebe Price wore it at the in., the of the reality series, wore the costume to a 2010 Star Wars convention in,. A drunken man reached up her skirt and groped her as she wore the costume, and she reported the incident to the police.

Other Star Wars appearances

"You do recognize me. I wasn't sure you would, given my state…of undress." ― Shaliqua

, a to in, wearing a similar costume.

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The In-Game model in

A variation of the slave costume appeared in another Star Wars film sixteen years after the release of Return of the Jedi., a slave of Jabba the Hutt who appears briefly in the scene of in, wore an almost identical costume as that of Princess Leia. References to the costume have also appeared frequently in the. In the 2002 comic, written by, wears a similar garment during the incident. Like Leia Organa and Diva Shaliqua, Wesell wears the costume in the presence of a. She wore the outfit in order to seduce, a Hutt criminal with a on his head; once the two were alone together, Wesell successfully killed him.

The costume made a brief appearance in 's 2006 comic, a parody of Return of the Jedi, where Leia can be seen wearing it just prior to the Skirmish at Carkoon. It also appeared later that year on the cover of, a collection of the combined works of Rubio and, which showed Leia wearing the costume while chasing after and. Lastly, it appeared in the prequel, with a female customer of wearing it.

The costume is alluded to in, the second novel in the trilogy., the of the, tries to encourage Princess Leia to buff up her public image, to which Leia responds, "Now you want me to give interviews? What next? … Let myself be recorded dancing for Han in a Huttese slave-girl costume?" Earlier in that novel, Luke Skywalker visited a bar called, a faithful replica of the room in Jabba's palace. Luke notes many of the waitresses are scantily-clad, and upon hearing the name Leia, he fears the evening's entertainment would be "a dance by a slave-girl-Leia look-alike."

The outfit also appeared in a vision Leia Organa Solo experienced in, the third novel in what is often called the. Leia Organa Solo, in her struggle to come to terms with her Force powers, experiences a vision of herself having followed two possible alternate fates. In one, she is the of the, having ascended the throne of Palpatine. In the other, she is huddled submissively at the foot of that throne wearing the slave costume she was forced to wear by Jabba. In that vision, she appears to have given up: she sobs, her eyes are downcast and she looks beaten and defeated. When the Empress Leia stands, her robe is drawn back and she is revealed to also be wearing the golden bikini costume, but it is instead worn as a symbol of strength and power, with shining gold and flashing jewels. The Empress Leia treats the Slave Leia roughly, as a symbol of the differences between the two possible alternatives.

Leia's slave costume has also made appearances in several in the 21st century. It appears in, the 2003, as a craftable item that can be made in a range of colors and worn by female player-characters. The suit is also worn by the in when she dances for on. The garment is called "dancer's outfit" in the 2004 game. The slave costume can also be unlocked for the Princess Leia character in, the 2006 -themed Star Wars game; in the version, if the player holds down the B button on the controller while playing as the slave-suited Leia, she will start to dance by swinging her hips and waving her arms in the air.

In, a 1999 student film portraying a young George Lucas conceiving Star Wars at film school, an attractive woman in a yellow bikini feeds a shirtless, obese man who laughs in a similar way to Jabba the Hutt; although the rest of the woman's outfit did not resemble Carrie Fisher's costume, the scene is portrayed as the inspiration for the slave outfit. In "", the ninth episode of the of, several dancers wore outfits similar Leia's slave outfit. While some were golden like Leia's original, others were bronze and copper.

The official Star Wars artist created an artwork featuring Leia wearing the Slave costume aboard the Millennium Falcon as his commissioned print for.

Appearances in pop culture

"Yeah, oh, Princess Leia and the gold bikini, every guy our age loved that. It's huge. That's the moment when she stopped being a princess and became, you know, a woman!" ― as on


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wearing the slave Leia costume in a episode.

The premiere of the hit revolved largely around a sexual fantasy () harbors about Princess Leia in her slave costume. The episode, titled "The One with the Princess Leia Fantasy," was written by and Gregory S. Malins, and first aired on,. () asked her boyfriend Ross whether he has any fantasies, and he reluctantly admits the "gold bikini thing" Leia wears in Return of the Jedi "was pretty cool." () later confirms to Rachel that she is familiar with the popular fantasy and has worn the costume herself; () also confirms to Ross that he, too, had the same fantasy. At the end of the episode, Rachel wears a replica of the Princess Leia slave uniform and tries to seduce Ross. His fantasy, however, is ruined when he unwittingly visualizes his mother dressed in the suit, due to a conversation earlier in the episode in which Chandler said sex is sometimes ruined for him when he pictures his mother at inopportune moments. George Lucas reportedly sent the Friends production team a letter complimenting and congratulating them on the episode.

Family Guy

The costume, as well as a parody of Jabba the Hutt, were featured briefly in an episode from the of. The episode, titled "," first aired on,, involves character becoming self-conscious about his weight problem. Chris's father,, assures Chris he is not fat, but that he comes from "a long line of husky Griffins" like his "Jabba the Griffin." The episode then cuts for a few seconds to a scene in what appears to be Jabba's Palace with a Hutt-like creature that looks like Jabba with Peter Griffin's hair, glasses, and chin. Jabba the Griffin is clutching a chain connected to a female slave wearing a variation of the slave Leia costume. The costume and veils, however, are silver rather than gold, and the costume bears little true resemblance to the actual outfit. In the episode "", the role of Princess Leia is played by, who dons the costume during the sequences as in the film. When, portraying Luke, enters, he appears surprised, and she informs him "I wasn't raped, okay?". The costume itself is not referenced.

World of Warcraft

Princess Moira Bronzebeard, a level fifty-five elite character in the 2004, wears an outfit similar to Leia Organa's slave costume, and has a hairstyle identical to Leia's famous "cinnamon buns" hairdo. Like the slave costume, Bronzebeard's outfit includes a gold brassiere, steel armbands and a veils flowing from the front and back of the panty, although Bronzebeard's veils are larger than those of the Leia costume; it also includes steel designs between the brassiere and panty that are not part of the original costume. Within the game, Bronzebeard appears in the Blackrock Depths during a mission in which the player must kill her husband, Emperor Dagran Thaurissan. Bronzebeard assists Thaurissan by healing him during the battle. Killing Thaurissan and talking to Bronzebeard launches new quests for both of the game's major political factions, the Alliance and the Horde.

American Dad!

Two girls wear a costume identical to the slave Leia costume in the first season finale of the cartoon. The episode, titled "," first aired on May 14, 2006, and including a subplot in which grows a vineyard in the back yard and adopts several foster children to tend to it like slaves. When complains about sharing a room with them, Roger assigns two attractive young ladies to serve as his personal assistants. At one point, Steve relaxes on a lawn chair while one of the girls fans him, and the other sits chained at his feet in a similar manner to Leia Organa in Return of the Jedi. When comes to take the children away, the two girls briefly choke Steve with their chains in the same fashion in which Jabba the Hutt was killed. Steve says to them, "I let you kiss each other while I watched and this is how you repay me?"

Robot Chicken: Star Wars

The slave Leia costume makes a cameo during, a Star Wars-themed special of the show, which aired on 's on June 17, 2007. During one sketch, George Lucas attends a fan convention and is chased by an obsessive mob of fans dressed as various characters and aliens from the Star Wars films. One of the fans is an overweight woman wearing a replica of the Leia's slave bikini. Lucas is rescued from the mob by a nerd dressed as a. In, Leia takes off her outfit to reveal her slave outfit when lusting after Boba Fett in the opening scene, during a telling of the ultimate Star Wars fantasy from the nerd from episode 1.

Dancing with the Stars

During the of, which aired in 2007, dancer wore a slave Leia costume during her third week performance with singer. They danced the to a remixed version of the ""; Fatone was dressed in a -style suit. The two performed a more polished version of the dance during the finals. The can be seen on. called Johnson's costume one of thirteen most "outrageous getups" from the first six seasons of the show.


The sixth episode of, an - series about a nondescript -whiz-turned-, prominently features the slave Leia costume. The episode aired October 29, 2007. Sarah Walker, a spy played by actress, gives protagonist Chuck Bartowski () an engineered photo of the two of them dressed as and Princess Leia in the slave costume, at a convention. The photo serves as a cover story that the two are in a romantic relationship; Chuck likes the photo, but laments that the two had never been to a real convention together and are not a real couple. During a Halloween party at the end of the episode, Sarah appears wearing her own slave Leia costume, much to the delight of Chuck and the other male guests. Chuck and Sarah take another, genuine photo of each other together in the costumes. When Chuck asks Sarah where she got the costume, she replies, "Oh, the CIA can make anything."

Deal or No Deal

The Leia Organa slave costume was featured prominently in the Star Wars-themed episode of on,. in the show choose monetary values from numbered suitcases in order to try to win the most money, and the suitcases are opened by supermodels wearing different outfits in each episode. In this episode, the models wore slave Leia costumes; the show also included appearances from,, Chewbacca, George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, and the Banker being replaced by.

Bring Back…Star Wars

The slave Leia costume was featured in the opening seconds of the Star Wars episode of, a comedic television series in which host locates and interviews people from music, TV or film backgrounds and tries to reunite them for a performance or reinvent their previous works. The episode, which aired September 14, 2008, begins with Collins sitting on a couch in his underwear, pretending to be Jabba the Hutt. Famous Slave Leia model Christy Marie dressed in an exact replica of Leia's costume sits upright on the floor, attached to a chain held by Collins. After a brief introduction to the episode, Collins speaks in to Christy, then pretends to pull her closer and laughs like Jabba. Christy makes a disgusted reaction and noise similar to the one Carrie Fisher made when Jabba extends his tongue toward her in Return of the Jedi. Later in the episode, Collins interviewed Carrie Fisher, who talked about the lack of double-sided tape in wearing the bikini; Fisher also joked that George Lucas currently has the bikini and "he wears it all the time, and he just won't let anybody else have it." Collins also joked to Fisher, "That bikini, I'm blind in my left eye, and that's because of you."



donned the costume in.

Actress donned the slave Leia costume in the film, a about a group of friends who decide to break into to steal an early print of The Phantom Menace. Photos released of Bell in the costume were met with great admiration from male fans in the. Mike Sampson of wrote of the Kristen Bell pictures, "Nerds, I hope you are sitting down. I also hope you're wearing clean underwear. The following will blow your soaked," and bloggers wrote, "Princess Leia's Gold Bikini is arguably the hottest moment in all of Geekdom, and to have a girl like Kristen Bell filling out those gold chains is making my head explode."


"Star Wars is based on nothing on Earth. It's all in outer space (but the costume) is showing no matter where you are, it's a bathing suit and men find it very attractive." ―Lisa Curran, swimsuit designer

Official merchandise

Although the toy company released action figures of Princess Leia in various outfits after the theatrical release of Return of the Jedi, her slave costume was deemed too risque to warrant its own toy. The first slave Leia toy, which was called "Jabba's Prisoner," was not released until 1997 in collection. A deluxe version was released a few years later, packaged with a sail barge cannon and a fabric loincloth. A 6 3/4-inches tall and 11-inches wide statue was released by Gentle Giant Ltd. after a sneak peek at the 2006 in,. The Rubies Costumes company released a Princess Leia slave costume in 2008 as part of their "Secret Wishes" line of alluring women's costumes.

Fan-made creations

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Gentle Giant Ltd. statue of in her slave costume.

Artist created a of Princess Leia trapped in while wearing her slave costume. Only one version of the eight-inch tall sculpture was made; it sold on for.99 plus shipping on, 2008.Comic book artist created a of Leia in the slave costume, sitting on Jabba's sail barge on Tatooine clutching a vibro-axe and surrounded by bowls of. The image is a fake poster of a show hosted by "Jabba Cruises" called "Last Daughter of," also starring "Sarlacc the Magnificent." Exactly 250 editions were created specifically for Celebration IV and sold for 9 each.

Sammi Resendes of the created several — small —inspired by Star Wars characters, including Han Solo, Chewbacca,, and. Among the amigurumi figures was a Princess Leia wearing a slave costume made from polymer clay. Resendes said her boyfriend made the costume pieces, and that the Leia figure was particularly difficult to make., a website dedicated to creating and outfits for the -based, created an exact replica of Leia's slave costume, which can be purchased and worn within the massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Leia slave costumes have even been designed for and previously sold on.


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