Is this a ‘00s hipster I see before me or the genius George Lucas of Star Wars fame? Before Lucas was all white-haired and Santa Claus-like, he actually looked like this (equally as hip as a ’70s Harrison Ford, dare I say).
Staple George Lucas “pieces” include: gingham shirts, plaid shirts, bomber jackets, sheepskin jackets, bootcut jeans, tinted sunglasses, and white sneakers. Also, a beard, and lush waves of hair.
Not everyone has heard of Lucas’ debut film, THX 1138. Another science fiction story, it’s distinguished from Star Wars by darker, more dystopian, elements. Images from the set reveal a “Lucas style” that’s more youthful than what we see on the set of the Star Wars movies: he looks much more like a fresh-faced, somewhat arty, graduate student.
Here he sports blue, drainpipe jeans and a shirt with barely discernible stripes. Note how he tucks the shirt into his jeans and rolls up the sleeves: this look may have been more acceptable in the ’70s, but there’s no reason you can’t do it today.
With these photographs, the full-fledged “Lucas style” has yet to completely evolve. For that, you have to see on-set images from Star Wars, where Lucas adopts a kind of “Marlboro Man” persona.
On the set of Star Wars, Lucas seems to have matured, exhibiting a rugged, “outdoors” style.
Gone is the more delicate, youthful look of the drainpipe jeans and pale shirt. Here he adopts distressed, blue jeans, a thick, sheepskin coat, a more masculine (less “film student”) hairstyle, and a neat but extraordinarily black (almost devilish) beard.
This is testosterone central. His style says: “I graduated film school. Now I just want to make movies.”
During his filming of the Star Wars movies, Lucas also starts to wear a lot of plaid, and only occasionally a gingham shirt. His style is that of the quintessential “‘70s guy.”
Later on, the plaid shirt and blue jeans “look” becomes a fixture, right through Return of the Jedi.