If you’ve unexpectedly found yourself lusting after a pair of blue R2-D2 pumps or coveting CoverGirl’s Dark Side mascara, it’s not a Jedi mind trickStar Wars is currently the biggest trend in fashion — everyone from Uniqlo to Diane von Furstenberg has collaborated with the sci-fi franchise

Female fans especially are rejoicing.

“We [women] were lucky to get t-shirts made for us five years ago,” recalls Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein, who was working on the animated television series when she spotted a gap in the market for female-oriented Star Wars products five years ago. That led to her founding women’s apparel company Her Universe, which now produces everything from Darth Vader dresses to lightsaber skirts. “Half of all Star Wars fans are women, and the reality is that these items are being made because fans want them,” Ashley tells Mashable. Read more…

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It took lightyears for ‘Star Wars’ fashion to finally include women