Cincinnati, Ohio celebrated forty years of The Force in spectacular fashion, as the Cincinnati Museum Center unveiled its latest traveling exhibit, Star Wars and the Power of Costume on May 25. The showcase is made possible through a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.
Upon entering, visitors are magically transported to the galaxy far, far away as they come up close to over sixty of real, screen-used costumes of iconic characters from A New Hope to The Force Awakens.
“This show, this exhibition, is actually all about the truth,” said Anthony Daniels, the actor inside the golden-hued shell of C-3PO, at the media preview event on May 24. “You see what actually goes into making the fantasy that is the movie.”
The exhibit aims to thrill and inspire everyone, from the rabid Star Wars fans, the casual watchers, and the uninitiated. For the fans, it is a rare opportunity to gaze upon and study the clothes and characters from all eras of the saga.
For those interested in the art of film making or fashion design, most of the pieces contain information on the inspirations, the materials used and the processes that were utilized to bring the costumes into reality.
Also featured are several concept drawings, including those by famed artist Ralph McQuarrie, whose work played a large role in moving Twentieth Century Fox executives to greenlight the first Star Wars movie.
Star Wars and the Power of Costume runs from now until October 1, 2017. For tickets and more information, visit cincymuseum.org/starwars or call (513) 287-7000.
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