Posted on January 05, 2015
That’s one lesson visitors will learn from a new exhibit that takes a fashion-centric look at the costumes of the Star Wars film franchise. Running from January 15 to October 4, 2015 at Seattle’s EMP Museum, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume, presents 60 of the handcrafted ensembles from the films along with concept drawings, behind-the-scenes video footage, and final designs.
While Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Luke’s wardrobes are all on display, the show is less interested in the iconic characters than what they wore.
“We were able to take a more aesthetic look, and break away from the actual characters, which has been the focus of other Star Wars exhibits,” says Saul Drake, exhibition project director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, which partnered with Lucasfilm Ltd. to develop the show.
Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen is organized into nine different sections, such as “Outlaws and Outsiders” and “Symbolism and Military Power.” The section “Padmé’s Journey” walks visitors through the design and crafting of the regal outfits worn by Padmé Amidala (played by Natalie Portman), each of which tells an intriguing story, but may have only made a brief appearance in the films.
“Lucasfilm spared no expense on some of these costumes,” says Drake. “We want to bring forward those costumes that are exquisite works of art, but may have only been on screen for a few minutes.”
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