Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Detroit Institute of Arts

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Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Detroit Institute of Arts

A new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts will display original Star Wars costumes and explore the artistry behind their creation.

BB-8, Yoda and an Ewok join more than 60 original costumes from the first seven movies in the Star Wars saga in “Star Wars and the Power of Costume”, running May 20 – Sept. 30, 2018. Some 150 designs and sketches from behind the scenes will demonstrate George Lucas’ vision and the challenges of bringing such characters to life.

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Queen Apailana Funeral Costume, Star Wars™: Revenge of the Sith. © & ™ 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

“This exhibition allows visitors to explore the creative processes behind the art of costume design, while discovering the unexpected ways in which these works relate to art from the DIA’s collection,” said Salvador-Salort-Pons, DIA director. “It also connects directly with our Detroit Film Theatre program, which has shared the art of film with hundreds of thousands of visitors over its 42-year history.”

The exhibition provides a close look at costumes of some of the most beloved—and infamous—characters in cinema history, among them Queen Amidala, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, Han Solo, X-wing Pilots and Droids, including C-3PO and R2-D2.

Padmé Amidala, Lake Retreat Dining Gown with Feathered Cape. Star Wars™: Attack of the Clones. © & ™ 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Visitors can experience the processes of concept artists and costume designers through interactive exhibits while the interpretation of cultural and historic contexts by Smithsonian scholars is also part of the experience.

DIA members can see the exhibition for free, and can reserve tickets beginning March 15. General public tickets go on sale April 1. Tickets are available at www.dia.org/StarWars

Ticket prices

Adults

$19 Tuesday–Thursday, $24 Friday–Sunday; Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents receive a $5 per ticket discount

Groups of 15+: $15 Tuesday–Thursday, $20 Friday–Sunday; groups from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties receive a $3 per ticket discount

Youth ages 6–17 

$7

Youth groups of 15+

$6

Extended hours

Thursdays, 4–8 p.m., exhibition and South Wing open

Saturdays, 9–10 a.m., museum open

Saturdays, 5–8 p.m., exhibition and South Wing open

Sundays, 9–10 a.m., museum open

 

Darth Sidious, Senate Chamber Robes. Star Wars™: Revenge of the Sith. © & ™ 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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