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 science fiction conventions , many of whom post pictures of themselves on the popular fansite , Leia's Metal Bikini. The costume has also made several pop culture appearances outside of the Star Wars universe, such as when it was worn by Jennifer Aniston in the television sitcom Friends , by Yvonne Strahovski in the TV show Chuck , and Kristen Bell in Fanboys. Carrie Fisher wearing the slave Leia costume.
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She originally "wanted 25 yards of fabric to be flowing through the scene", but couldn't make it work. The outfit was first developed in sketches by Rodis-Jamero, assistant art director of visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back and the Return of the Jedi costume designer. The fact that [Leia's costume is] such a female sensual costume, I think is terrific. Bergey drawings of women in metal bikinis that served as putative armors. Rodgers and the staff created multiple versions of the metal bikini string to accommodate different scenes in the film, including a hard metal piece original bronze bra by Sculptor Richard Miller who is credited as "head jeweler" in the film credits for scenes in which Fisher remained still, and a rubber outfit she and stuntwoman Tracy Eddon could wear comfortably while performing stunts. You'll have to ask Boba Fett about that.
Strictly the only sign of aging I can detect, is that my youth heroes start falling like dominos. I cannot blink an eye, or there is one gone. The bizarre thing is, I only detect the impact these people had on my life, when they lay down their head for the last time.
Thirty-five years ago, some of those same fans believed they were making that same journey for the last time. Watch above. But before the bikini became the stuff of legend, it started out as a simple design sketched by Return of the Jedi costume designer Aggie Rodgers in collaboration with Nilo Rodis-Jamero.