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Star Wars and the Power of Costume (Touring)

Start Date 20 May 2018
End Date 30 September 2018
Venue Detroit Institute of Arts
Location Detroit, Michigan, USA
Exhibition display of dressed mannequins

Take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 60 original costumes. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in the first seven films of the Star Wars saga—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.

Explore the artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, including Queen Amidala, Chewbacca, X-wing pilots, Rey, and droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2.

This exhibition goes beyond the chronological, literary, or filmic order often used to chronicle Star Wars™. It focuses instead on the creative process, encompassing the essence of George Lucas’ vision and the exciting challenge of translating his iconic characters into a dynamic reality.

Tickets to Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume include a free multimedia tour –  youth and adult versions – that will draw connections between the films’ costumes and works of art in the DIA’s collection, allowing visitors to experience the museum in new ways.

Time slots for this special exhibition will sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance, either online or by calling 313-833-4005. Click here to become a member, and see the exhibition first and free.

Residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties receive $5 off all adult tickets.

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in consultation with Lucasfilm Ltd. Objects in this exhibition are on loan from the Archives of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Star Wars™ and all related characters, names and indicia are trademarks of & copyright © & TM 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.


Press release


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Image Courtesy of © Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, USA.