In Carrie Fisher's one-woman show, “Wishful Drinking,” she mentions that George Lucas wouldn’t let her wear a bra with her white costume in Star Wars: A New Hope because there was “no underwear in space.”

Is this word-of-god canon, or have other Star Wars properties mentioned the existence of (let’s say human) characters (especially Leia) wearing underwear in the Star Wars universe, and Lucas was just being gross?

I’m most interested in Disney Canon -- now that Lucas's private comment to Fisher has become more well-know through Wishful Drinking's successes (on and off Broadway, as a book, and on film), has there been any underwear in the new canon?

Multiple commenters have noted instances of underwear throughout the Extended Universe/Legends canon, but the "Canon" portion of the Wookieepedia article about “Underwear” (yes, there is one) only seems to list one allusion to underwear (it’s tighty-whiteys) in the current canon (Heir to the Jedi, though they are only theoretical, not literal underwear) and another mention in a canon children’s book that also references a number of out-of-universe things.

To unpack the Heir to the Jedi underwear mention for a second: in Heir to the Jedi (the first entry into Disney Canon) apparently a character meeting Luke Skywalker for the first time says: "You hear about someone blowing up the Death Star... you think someone like that is all about duty and righteousness and wears super-tight underwear." While this suggests that the concept of underwear exists, it's vague whether "super-tight" is the telling detail (as it would be in our underwear-wearing culture) or if it's "wearing...underwear" that is the telling detail in the possibly-underwearless Star Wars universe...

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    This would explain why Obi Won only left his robe behind. – ibid Dec 30 '15 at 6:07
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    +1 just for writing a question about underwear of SFF and actually making it a sensible one! – Janus Bahs Jacquet Dec 30 '15 at 6:07
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    In the EU novels, there are literally dozens of examples of people wearing underwear. Too many to make into a sensible answer. – Valorum Dec 30 '15 at 11:14
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    Having nearly finished Knights of the Old Republic video game, if you remove a characters clothing, they're left in underwear. There's also a cut scene of Bastila in just bra and panties. – Michael Itzoe Dec 30 '15 at 15:45
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    @Aith yeah George, uh huh..... Except every ship has perfect gravity simulators that never fail no matter how damaged the ship is..... – dunraven Jan 1 '16 at 1:37

I know it's hard to see, but this is a picture of Anakin after waking up from his bad dreams

anakin waking up WITH FREEHAND CIRCLE!!

You can see that he is wearing some kind of tight, black garment on his legs. This seems to be at least his sleepwear, and as it is definitely not his normal robe. This seems to be as close as we can find as to underwear in space, but I am still searching. I would say, though, that this does a good enough job of proving Lucas wrong.

  • @ibid Sure, but then it would take so long to put the picture in for me... – CHEESE Apr 1 '16 at 18:37
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    I made one. Rollback to see it. – ibid Apr 1 '16 at 18:42
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    Ooh, this is great. But there's no way to know if he wears it under his robe or if he put them on just to go to bed, which would make them pajamas... – dunraven Apr 4 '16 at 0:47
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    after watching the movie again last night, they are indeed pajama pants – Skooba Jan 11 '17 at 19:57
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    @Skooba I'm sorry you had to do that – CHEESE Jan 11 '17 at 23:30

I know... this is a stretch...

It may depend on what you call "underwear" as we see in The Force Awakens; Finn has black undergarments beneath his trooper armor. Although it is full length, we here on Earth have "long underwear"...

finny mcfinerson

ALSO... I can't believe this was not mentioned in the comments at least... what do we consider this... a gold "bikini", but why would there be swimwear on a desert planet!!

solid gold baby

In Addition Luke is seen wearing some sort of undergarment resembling "tighty-whiteys" during his time in the bacta tank in ESB.

luke dunk tank

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    Slave Leia's outfit is clearly intended as outerwear to deal with Tatooine's excessive heat. – DCShannon Mar 30 '16 at 21:34
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    @DCShannon: Of course. It's strictly intended to be functional. – Ellesedil Mar 30 '16 at 21:44
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    If you have to ask this "why would their be swimwear on a desert planet" you will never make it as a Hutt. – Organic Marble Apr 1 '16 at 21:42
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    Finn is wearing cargo pants in this picture. Do you mean to tell me that in the future, women still don't have real pockets on anything and men get cargo pockets on their underwear? – MissMonicaE Oct 27 '16 at 16:24
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    @MissMonicaE Of course that isn't the insinuation. This is in the past, not the future. – Gorchestopher H Jan 11 '17 at 19:52

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