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The Jedi Exile in her underwear in the Peragus Mining Facility.
"Then there was some big explosion, I was sittin' here for a long time... then you showed up in your underwear and things got a lot better."
Atton Rand, being freed by the Jedi Exile

Underwear, also known as undergarments, were clothes worn next to the skin, usually under other clothes. They served many functions depending on what species, race and/or culture wore them generally however they were worn to provide support, shape and comfort for the body. It should be noted that underwear was not limited to these uses as some instances saw underwear being used as protective clothes, religious tools, erotic display items or worn simply to protect the modesty of the wearer depending on species, race or culture.

There were many types of underwear worn throughout the galaxy, these included but were not limited to loincloths, body gloves, and brassieres. Nightwear and swimsuits could also be considered ‘underwear’, or more appropriately, ‘undergarments’ due to them being worn next to the skin. Some nightwear and swimsuits even provide the same facilities and supports as underwear and so served the same functions.

Function

In the case of humanoids underwear was worn for support as they kept outer garments from being soiled by perspiration and female brassieres provided support for the breasts. Male loincloths served the same function for the male genitalia. In the interest of preserving shape a ‘’corset’’ might be worn to alter a female’s body shape. For protection and additional support tighter fitting, more sturdy garments could be worn to reduce the chance of damage to the body. These undergarments mostly involved a body glove of some kind and were particularly common for space farers.

Body gloves also served as additional thermal protection in colder climates. For the issue of modesty ‘’camisoles’’ and ‘’petticoats’’ might be worn for additional ‘coverage’ while in the realm of eroticism undergarments were designed to sexually titillate both the wearer and the observer by revealing as much skin as possible while still remaining on the wearer. Such examples could be seen worn by cantina dancers in disreputable establishments. Erotic garments could also be used as a form of oppression upon the wearer depending on the situation, species, race or culture.

The suitability of underwear as outer clothing depended largely on social norms, indoor-outdoor climate, fashion, requirements of law and/or personal choice. Depending on the material underwear could serve as also nightwear or swimsuits, again depending on social norms, indoor-outdoor climate, fashion, requirements of law and/or personal choice.

Behind the scenes

In an interview in London 2008, Carrie Fisher revealed that during the filming of A New Hope in 1977, director George Lucas had made her cover her breasts with Gaffer Tape. She has been quoted saying;"I had to tape them down, because there's no underwear in space. George knows that for a fact."

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