Embracing the Dark Side with Subtle Geek Wear
STAR WARS Imperial Officer Hat
Imperial™ Officers were high-class soldiers who held various positions of responsibility, authority, and duty within the branches of the Galactic Empire™. Common traits among those officers were ambition, ruthlessness, and strong approval of the Emperor's plans to destroy the rebellion.
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"The Jedi are extinct. Their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion." - Grand Moff Tarkin to Lord Vader
Truth in advertising, I can't wear anything Imperial.
I just can't. I've spent too much of my life pretending I was Luke Skywalker in Red 5's cockpit, or holding a lightsaber, to ever enjoy dressing as "my'' enemy. My wife, on the other hand has no such compunction, and would without reservation align herself with the Dark Side of The Force, and swear fealty to the Galactic Empire.
Remember a few years ago the video of the little girl at the Jedi Training Academy who when confronted by Darth Vader, bent the knee to the Dark Lord of the Sith? My wife cheered and laughed, while I sadly closed my eyes to the sinister event.
That's why I gave her my Imperial Officer buckle. She pulls off dark side style better than I can, and that buckle works with her wardrobe of concert t-shirts & 1460s.
Don't get me wrong, I truly like that buckle -
I know what went into making it.
When we set out to make our replica of the Imperial Officer's uniform, we sought out the best examples of surviving costumes we could find. That meant donning some white gloves and examining all the original uniforms in the Lucasfilm Archive, and even some pieces that have passed into private collections.
Among those costumes was Peter Cushing's "Grand Moff Tarkin" uniform. Amazing stuff. From those original pieces, coupled with the surviving original patterns we compiled volumes of valuable research.
Our Imperial Officer's Belt and Buckle were meticulously duplicated from those examples. And while "similar" belt buckle blanks are available in the marketplace, we couldn't simply slap an Imperial "cog" on an inaccurate buckle. We manufactured our own replicas from scratch to perfectly emulate the subtle nuances we discovered in the original uniform belts & buckles we documented.