About the Exhibition

Immerse, imagine, and create. These principles guide visitors to Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume on a unique journey through the challenges and triumphs of dressing a mythical universe. From the mind of creator George Lucas, to the concept artists who put these ideas to paper, to the artisans and costume designers who produced these fantastical, iconic wardrobes, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume examines the exciting process of turning ideas into reality. With powerful concepts and strong visuals, the exhibition will use fabric, form, color, and style to convey this complex story.

Two exhibition videos and multiple digital flipbooks allow visitors to see and hear from the designers, actors, and George Lucas himself. Smithsonian scholars provide cultural and historic context.The nuance and dynamism of the 60 featured original costumes dominate this exhibition. In each exhibition section, visitors experience the breadth and depth of imagery, detail, and knowledge used in the costume design. 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. Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: 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.

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