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Dispatch: Star Wars and the Power of Costume Exhibit

Aaron McHugh

I remember watching the first Star Wars movie play on the single screen small town theatre in Bishop, CA. A few years later, we camped in the desert to witness the landing of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Watching the Columbia return from a galaxy far, far away was proof to me that Star Wars was not mythology, but reality. The eight-year-old in me still wants to believe that Luke Skywalker is real.

Darth Maul fighting Obi Wan and Qui Gon

George Lucas created galaxies, planets, characters, and narrative so compelling that we forget they are fantasy-or we simply long for them to be true. We got lost in the gray haze of reality and fantasy again as we visited the Star Wars The Power of Costumes exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.


George Lucas’s personal collection of original Star Wars costumes, character development sketches, artist renderings, meeting notes and back lot footage explain why Star Wars transcends reality. I found the experience incredibly powerful. There is power in experiencing how one man’s passion and commitment to excruciating levels of detail teleport audiences into the Star Wars experience. May the force be with you.

Han Solo and Chewbacca

“Take a unique journey into the Star Wars™ universe as characters are brought to life through a dramatic presentation of more than 70 original costumes. Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume will closely examine the captivating process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series—from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor.” Denver Art Museum

Darth Vader

Tour Details

Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, Ohio | May 25, 2017 – October 1, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida | November 11, 2017 – April 1, 2018


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