August 24, 2015  —  by

C-3PO, a fashion icon

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The impact of Star Wars‘ costumes can be seen across the fashion industry, from the Jedi’s drapey wardrobe to the badass outfits worn by Han Solo. One character you never would have expect to be a force in the fashion industry is the unclothed robot C-3PO. However, he (it?) has become a style icon.

C-3PO’s recent appearance on the cover of LOVE magazine, which has previously shot artsy editorials featuring Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Cara Delevingne, is an evidence of its place as a style icon. The Star Wars robot also shared the cover of GQ with Amy Schumer. On both covers, C-3PO is seen in his natural state, without clothing, but it’s the effortless and minimalist gold shine that is influencing fashion. The robot was particularly influential to one of the Balenciaga collections designed by current Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. A pair of embellished gold leggings paid tribute to the character.

For Autumn/Winter 2014, the force of Star Wars was strong with Rodarte, where floor-length dresses were printed with pictures of Threepio, Yoda and Luke Skywalker. The same season, Preen turned to the dark side, plastering tops and tunics with menacing Darth Vader headshots while a squad of monochrome-clad Stormtroopers took selfies with models and editors backstage.

Even when designers do not express their love for Star Wars explicitly, the influence is there. And this season C-3PO is such a fashion icon!