It's worth pointing out that Mollo's sketches of the outer robe in Leia's two-layer outfit greatly resemble a Japanese kimono. That's hardly surprising, given Lucas's overall embrace of the Japanese aesthetic, which is also evident in the costumes of Luke and Ben Kenobi. The traditional undergarment worn by Japanese men under their kimono is a fundoshi or loincloth. This was probably in Mollo's mind when it came to Leia's "Tarzan-like" costume. (Japanese women didn't traditionally wear anything that we might consider underwear by modern standards; the closest equivalent was an under-kimono, or a shirt and skirt combination.) At Lucas's request, Leia's white dress ultimately went in a much more European direction--"mock-medieval," as Mollo noted--ending up being quite deliberately modeled on a nun's habit. Mollo's sketches of Tatooine peasant costume also draw heavily from Japanese clothing. In most of his drawings, the desert planet's inhabitants (including both Ben Kenobi and the still-humanoid Jabba the Hutt) sport white Japanese shirts and hip-length brown waistcoats, worn open. The waistcoats are in fact modeled on the jinbaori, a sleeveless vest commonly worn with shirt and pants by Japanese men as an alternative to full-length kimonos. Jinbaori appear frequently in Kurosawa movies. Mollo's Tatooine dwellers also usually wear puttees or knee leggings. Besides the influence of Japanese costume (where knee-length socks are often worn by warriors), the leggings also suggest the clothing of the Saxon peasantry in Dark Age England, when the Normans ruled with an iron fist. (So Walter Scott and Hollywood claim, at any rate.) The Saxon-Norman rivalry of English legend provides a neat parallel with the Rebel-Empire conflict of the SW galaxy. Lucas evidently didn't like the Japanese waistcoat idea, because none are seen in the finished film (even Han Solo's vest is quite Old West in its tailoring). Ben Kenobi ended up with long kimono-like robes, although his shirt has a Russian-style asymmetrical collar. The Jabba the Hutt of 1977, meanwhile, ended up in a monstrous shaggy fur coat, which bears little resemblance to the elegant but slightly roué wardrobe usually worn by his principal screen inspiration, Sydney Greenstreet.