'Star Wars' Dresses Bring the Force to NYC Fashion Show

Five Rodarte 'Star Wars' Dresses
Rodarte's collection featured five "Star Wars" inspired dresses at New York Fashion week in 2014. Image uploaded Feb. 12, 2014. (Image credit: Rodarte)

NEW YORK — Yoda and high fashion may make a surprising pair, but that's what audience members at Rodarte's New York Fashion Week show experienced Tuesday (Feb. 11).

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the minds behind the Rodarte brand of clothing and accessories, rolled out a series of dresses inspired by "Star Wars" during their show. Each of the gowns featured characters or iconic images from the original trilogy. The five special sci-fi dresses served as the finale to their show.

Luke Skywalker stands looking off into the distance at the bottom of one dress, while Yoda looks wise in the swamps of Dagobah on another. C-3PO and R2-D2 trudge along the lower portion of a white ensemble, and the Death Star is splashed across a black gown. The twin suns of Tatooine shine in a purple sky on another printed and embroidered dress. [10 Alien Worlds that Resemble 'Star Wars' Planets]

"We couldn't have done a collection like this and not included 'Star Wars'," Kate Mulleavy told the Los Angeles Times. "Those films represent for us a time when anything was possible."

Rodarte's collection featured five "Star Wars" inspired dresses at New York Fashion week in 2014. Image uploaded Feb. 12, 2014. (Image credit: Rodarte)

"And it's so rare that you can use a film still as artwork and have it look like a painting. It's so beautiful," Laura Mulleavy added.

The Mulleavy sisters' "Star Wars" credibility isn't a total shock. George Lucas attended a Rodarte fashion show in 2012, according to the Telegraph.

"Star Wars" is heading back to the big screen with a new film scheduled for release in 2015. "Star Wars: Episode VII" is expected to begin shooting in May with J.J. Abrams as the director.

Another designer embraced his cosmic sensibilities during fashion week. The Organic by John Patrick show used NASA images as a backdrop for the somewhat monochromatic, lunar looks presented this week.

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Miriam Kramer
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Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a Staff Writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also served as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. Miriam is currently a space reporter with Axios, writing the Axios Space newsletter. You can follow Miriam on Twitter.