Where did Lucas get the inspiration for the iconic hairstyle of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars?
from the PreRaphaelic sisterhood blog, (via Tea at Trianon)
When Time magazine asked George Lucas about the unusual hairstyle he created for Star Wars character Princess Leia, he answered:
In the 1977 film, I was working very hard to create something different that wasn’t fashion, so I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look, which is what that is. The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico. Then it took such hits and became such a thing.
or maybe it came from a photo of a Hopi woman, or from other icons of art:
such as this painting: