Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume explores the challenges in dressing the Star Wars universe from the Galactic Senate and royalty to the Jedi, Sith and Droids™. Featuring hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films, the exhibition reveals the artists’ creative process—and uncovers the connection between character and costume. 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.

Which cities will be hosting this traveling exhibition?
The full exhibition schedule is still in development, but the show will be traveling through 2018. Check the Itinerary page to stay abreast of the latest museums to be added, and keep in touch with us @sitesExhibits on Twitter.

In what ways is this exhibition different from other Star Wars-themed exhibitions?
This exhibit features COSTUMES only and will allow a close up and in-depth look at your favorite costumes. From the sand-worn and battle-worn look of the Stormtrooper costume from the first film to Padmé Amidala’s exquisite gowns and headdresses. This is the first traveling exhibition to focus exclusively on Star Wars costumes—and it will include 60 amazing pieces.

Do you have to know about the movies to enjoy the exhibition? Do you need to be a super fan?
Not at all. While the films are certainly referenced in the exhibition (as are characters and scenes), the focus is not on the movies, but instead on the costumes, the design process, and the creative process in general.

Which Star Wars character costumes will be represented?
More than 60 classic and prequel character costumes are featured in the exhibition, including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Zam Wesell, Chewbacca, Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, Queen Amidala, Captain Typho, Queen Jamillia, and many more. Get a complete, out-of-this-world list of all the costumes.

What are the main themes of the exhibition?
The exhibition includes seven sections in addition to an introduction area full of images and an overview video. The sections are: Jedi vs. Sith: Form, Function, and Design; Outlaws and Outsiders: Meaning of Disguises; Royalty: Materials and Fabrics; Symbolism and Military Power; The Senate: All Corners of the Galaxy, After the Throne: Padmé’s Journey (Haute Couture); Darth Vader: Concept to Final Creation; and Building the Droids: Design Beyond Fabric.

What else is included in the exhibition?
Not only are fans be able to see the original costumes and props worn in the films, but they are also treated to short films, slideshows featuring costume concept art, insights from Smithsonian curators, quotes from the actors, digital flipbooks with interactive content, and more.

Was George Lucas involved with the exhibition?
This exhibit wouldn’t exist without George Lucas and his cinematic vision. The films’ remarkable characters and storylines are the heart of this exhibition. Everyone on the project team at the Smithsonian and Lucasfilm consistently drew inspiration from George Lucas.

Who were the key designers of the Star Wars costumes?
To develop the costumes for each film, George Lucas gathered together a talented group of artists to help realize his vision. In the original series, the concept drawings of Ralph McQuarrie and the costume design of John Mollo, and later, the costume design of Nilo Rodis-Jamero and Aggie Guerard Rodgers determined the overall look of the characters. For the prequel trilogy, Lucas turned to costume designer Trisha Biggar and concept artists including Iain McCaig, along with dozens of others.

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