Denver Art Museum to display original ‘Star Wars’ costumes

Queen Amidala, Throne Room Gown. Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace. © & ™ 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Star Wars‘ fans are in for a treat served up by the Denver Art Museum this November, 2016. The ‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume‘ exhibit begins Nov. 13, 2016 Fans will get the chance to listen to the music of John Williams while they tour through a display of over 60 original costumes from all seven of the films. Get those phones and cameras ready as attendees will get to meet and take photos with ‘Star Wars‘ characters. Attention cosplayers, the first 200 people who show up in costume will receive an exhibition themed gift, and will be entered for a chance to win some amazing prizes. The costumes of ‘Star Wars‘ are not only pop culture, they are a part of most people’s lives. Most any person can be shown a costume and they can instantly identify the character by the brilliance in the design.

Heads up fashion designers. This will be a cool opportunity to see the works of the incredible designers who helped bring these amazing characters to life. Go back to the beginning when there was Oscar winner John Mollo who designed iconic costumes from ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ and ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’. Check out that bikini from ‘Return of the Jedi’ designed by Aggie Guerard Rodgers. Some of these costumes were even designed by Lucas himself. Here is the chance to see, in person, such breathtaking costumes like Queen Amidala’s regal robes, Padme Amidala’s little sensual black number that she wore when she and Anakin were getting dangerously too close, Darth Vader’s ominous black armour, Darth Maul’s Sith roles, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, stormstroopers, Boba Fett, Chancellor Palpatine, and of course Princess Leia’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ metal bikini.


Natalie Portman had a breathtaking costume change in practically every scene. Poor Carrie Fisher was stuck with that famous flowy, yet probably pretty comfortable, white dress through most of “A New Hope’. Portman’s costumes alone will be worth seeing in person; yet there is so much more. Stroll through the hallways to watch videos of designers, actors, and even Lucas himself talk what went into making these costumes. Learn more about Lucas’ creative process and vision. There will also be Smithsonian scholars that chat on video about the cultural and historic context involved with the costumes.


Star Wars and the Power of Costume‘ will open Nov. 13, 2016. A special exhibition ticket will be required. Prices are $18 for adults members, and $24 for non-members, kids ages 6-18 are just $5, and under six are free. Don’t forget about “First Free Saturdays” where your general admission into the museum is free. (remember special exhibits have the added fee)


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