‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’ exhibit opens at Denver Art Museum

DENVER — You can immerse yourself in a galaxy far, far away in a new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

“Star Wars and the Power of Costume” will be on view Sunday through April 2.

More than 70 hand-crafted costumes from all seven blockbuster “Star Wars” films are included in the exhibit, as well as more than 300 props and other items from the set and the studio.

The exhibit gives an up-close look at the amazing attention to detail that went into the costumes and characters. From the stitching and accents on the Queen Amidala’s wedding gown to Yoda’s ear hair, you’ve never seen Star Wars like this before.

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The exhibit also explores what it took to bring the characters to life on the big screen — from concept art to creation.

“‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’ will closely examine the captivating process of costume conception and design for iconic outfits, from Princess Leia’s unforgettable bikini to Darth Vader’s imposing black uniform, featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series,” museum officials said in a statement.

C3PO costume

These are the costumes the actors really wore in the films and many of the gowns are high fashion couture.

The presentation of the costumes is nothing short of dramatic, with separate areas designed to make you feel like you are inside Queen Amidala’s palace or the Galactic Senate.

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The gallery space was completely redesigned to showcase the costumes and characters in vivid displays.

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“Characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker have become inseparably associated with their costumes, and our unique presentation will give a look at the inspiration and nuanced creative processes of designers and artisans,” Stefania Van Dyke, interpretive specialist at the DAM, said.

Chewbacca and Han Solo costumes

In addition to the exhibit, there is an interactive costume studio where inspired artists can try their hand at costume design.

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The exhibit is designed to “delight creatives, designers and die-hard fans alike.”

For more information on the exhibit and to purchase tickets, visit the Denver Art Museum website.