Princess Leia’s metal bikini is a fictional slave outfit worn by actress Carrie Fisher in the 1983 film Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. While only featured in two scenes, the costume has since become an iconic sex symbol and is often imitated by female fans at Star Wars Celebrations
The metal bikini worn by Carrie Fisher in the first Act of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was inspired by Fisher’s complaints that the loose-fitting outfits she wore in Star Wars concealed her feminine physique.’
The design of the metal bikini was inspired by Fantastic Story Magazine’s cover illustrator Earle K. Bergey drawings of women in metal bikinis that served as putative armors. It was first developed in sketches by Nilo Rodis-Jamero, assistant art director of visual effects for The Empire Strikes Back and the Jedi costume designer. Costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers then built the costume as part of the Industrial Light & Magic visual effects company. The costume designers made a mold of Carrie Fisher’s torso so it could be designed to a custom fit
The slave Leia costume has been elevated to pop culture icon status, spawning various spoofs and parodies and even a dedicated fansite. One Wired magazine editor stated the only reason for the outfit’s fame is “no doubt that the sight of Carrie Fisher in the gold sci-fi swimsuit was burned into the sweaty subconscious of a generation of fanboys hitting puberty in the spring of 1983.” The outfit is one of the Star Wars costumes worn for Halloween
Various celebrities have also been shown wearing the costume. Melissa Joan Hart, the star of the shows Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, was photographed wearing the outfit during a costume party. Kerri Kasem, a radio and television host, has been photographed wearing the costume. Actress/model Phoebe
Price wore it at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2010. Liana K, the Canadian co-host of Ed & Red’s Night Party and a well-known cosplayer, appeared at 2008 Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo dressed in Princess Leia’s slave girl outfit.