Detroit Institute of Arts to Feature Star Wars Costumes in New Exhibit


BB-8, Yoda, an ewok, and 66 original costumes from the first seven Star Wars movies will be featured in “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The program will run next year from May 20 to Sept. 30.

The exhibition will include more than 150 pieces and sketches documenting the franchise’s creative process and the essence of creator George Lucas’ vision.

“This exhibition allows visitors to explore the creative processes behind the art of costume design, while discovering the unexpected ways in which these works relate to art from the DIA’s collection,” says Salvador-Salort-Pons, DIA director. “It also connects directly with our Detroit Film Theatre program, which has shared the art of film with hundreds of thousands of visitors over its 42-year history.”

Visitors can view costumes of both beloved and infamous characters including: Queen Amidala, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Strom Troopers, Chewbacca, Han Solo, C3PO, and R2-D2. They can also watch designers and actors narrate the concept design process through a series of videos and interactive opportunities. Interpretation of cultural and historic context will also be done by Smithsonian scholars.

“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.

The Denver Art Museum provided additional scholarship and creative modifications to the exhibition at the DIA, and objects in the exhibit are on loan from the Archives of the Luas Museum of Narrative Art.

The exhibit is a ticketed event and ticketing information will be announced closer to the exhibition’s opening.

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