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‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’ Exhibit Opens at Discovery Times Square on November 14th; 20% Off Admission via CWK!

‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’ Exhibit Opens at Discovery Times Square on November 14th; 20% Off Admission via CWK!

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Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition Opened at Discovery Times Square on November 14th
Smithsonian Exhibition to Feature Costumes from
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Iconic costumes and other artifacts from “a galaxy far, far away” are presented in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition. The exhibition opened at Discovery Times Square on November 14th, 2015 and will be on view through September 5th, 2016.

Culled from the collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Star Wars and the Power of Costume: The Exhibition is a partnership of the museum, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Lucasfilm. George Lucas imagined and created a fantastical world filled with dynamic characters who told the timeless story of the hero’s journey. The costumes shaped the identities of these now famous characters, from the menacing black mask of Darth Vader and the gilded suit of C-3PO, to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala and a bikini worn by Princess Leia when enslaved by Jabba the Hutt.

“Craftsmanship and artistry in costume design are valued creative components in the Star Wars saga,” said Lucas. “The detailed precision of a design can be as bold a measure of storytelling as words on a page, leading to truths at the core of a character, situation or shared history. From initial concept drawings to complex physical constructions, the costumes featured in this exhibition serve to further define crucial aspects of worlds created to move, educate and entertain us—to inspire the imagination.”

“There is not a more iconic entertainment property than Star Wars”, said James Sanna, President of Discovery Times Square. “We’re thrilled to host the East Coast premiere of this exciting new exhibit which will connect Star Wars fans to not only iconic costumes and artifacts from the first six films, but also introduces them to the next exciting chapter of the Star Wars saga.”

Presenting over 70 of the finest hand-crafted costumes and dozens of artifacts from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films including a selection from the soon to be released Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the exhibition uncovers the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers.

The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story. Through 15 galleries visitors will explore the creative process from Lucas’s vision through concept drawings by artists such as Ralph McQuarrie and Iain McCaig, to the final costume designs of John Mollo and Trisha Biggar, among others.

Featured costumes include:
•Select costumes and BB-8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
• Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker and Yoda
• Intimidating suit and complex breathing apparatus of Darth Vader
• Military-influenced uniforms of the Imperial Stormtrooper, Senate Guard and TIE Fighter Pilot
• Yak hair and mohair costume of the towering Wookiee Chewbacca and Han Solo
• Intergalactic outfits of Senators Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and Mas Amedda
• Fierce armor of mercenary bounty hunters Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Zam Wesell
• Elaborately detailed gowns of Queen Amidala, Queen Jamillia and their handmaidens

Short films featured in Star Wars and The Power of Costume: The Exhibition provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and include interviews with artists, designers and actors. The visitor experience will be enhanced by interactive flip-books featuring sketches, photographs and notes that capture the creative team’s inspiration and vision. In addition, visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see themselves in one of the iconic costumes through a unique virtual experience provided by Platige Image, which specializes in designing CG imagery, 3D animation and digital special effects.

Advanced ticket prices start at $20. Special savings for groups of 10 or more are available with advanced reservation. Once open, the last tickets are sold 60 minutes prior to closing. For individual tickets and venue hours, visit https://www.showclix.com* or call 866.9.TSXNYC (866-987-9692) or visit the Discovery Times Square Box Office.

*Order your tickets via Coffee With Kenobi and get 20% off the price of admission! Use this code when placing your order: CWKSW.

Thank you to Star Wars and the Power of Costume for the press release.

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5 Comments

  1. Melinda
    December 1, 2015 at 06:57 Reply

    I had the pleasure of being able to see this exhibit in Seattle, and I can attest to the fact that it really is an exquisite display of Star Wars costuming (and a little more). If you think you’ve seen it all before, you are mistaken. Well, yes, some of these costumes have been on display in previous exhibits of one sort or another, but they — and many more — are presented in a new fashion. If one has the chance to see it, GO! You won’t be disappointed. 🙂

    MTFBWY 🙂

    p.s. To my Chicago-based SW friends: I certainly hope the exhibit makes its way to the Midwest. While I most definitely can see the exhibit finding a (temporary) home here at one of our wonderful metro museums (where I live), I’d make the journey down to the Windy City to see it with you all! One more reason to get together (as if we need a reason 😉 )! 🙂

    1. Marc
      December 3, 2015 at 15:31 Reply

      Melinda–the NYC exhibition also has costumes from TFA and new rooms–it’s a bigger display than Seattle! All the more reason to take a trip to NYC! 🙂

  2. lovelucas
    December 1, 2015 at 07:30 Reply

    Hope it’s a traveling exhibition

    1. Lisa
      December 1, 2015 at 12:10 Reply

      It is. Prior to this engagement it was in Seattle, I believe.

    2. Marc
      December 3, 2015 at 15:30 Reply

      It is! Keep up to date on the tour here:
      http://www.powerofcostume.si.edu/

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