I had a few tumblr/blogs talk about Leia and women who costume as her in this outfit. Needless to say I had a very definite view point 😉 These two photos illustrate exactly how I remember Leia from the movie.(And how much do I love the Barge sail background so this is definitely post self rescue).
Yes I am old enough to have seen the film at the cinema when it first screened. As a girl under the age of ten I just saw a princess in a pretty outfit kicking major ass (though my terminology at the time was different). It wasn’t until the Friends episode many many years later I realised there was another interpretation (of a different gender of a different age group- I think people tend to forget that this is far from the only group this costume appeals to).