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Star Wars and the Power of Costume at the Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum brings Star Wars and The Power of Costume to Denver in a fantastic up-close exhibit. Whether you are a fan of the Star Wars movies, or have an appreciation for art and costumes, you’ll definitely walk away from the exhibit impressed with the attention to detail. You leave with the feeling you were a part of the process.

The Denver exhibit is a collaboration between our Art Museum, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES), and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Our Denver Art Museum was lucky enough to visit Skywalker Ranch Archives to collect 300 extra pieces to make the exhibit one of a kind. A few pieces they selected have never been viewed publicly before, like Padmé Amidala’s wedding dress.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Interesting fact! When the Denver team visited the Skywalker Ranch Archives, they discovered in a folder a photocopy of DAM’s Dream of Arcadia (Thomas Cole)- this painting helped serve as a inspiration for the planet of Naboo. Visit the 6th Floor of the Hamilton Building to see the painting for yourself.

I’m not a big Star Wars fan, but I was thoroughly impressed with the intricacy of the beadwork, embroidery, and handiwork that went into these costumes. The actors certainly felt it was important to them, to give them a sense of who there were playing, especially in movies that use a lot of green/blue screens. The costumes anchor the actors, and fans benefit the artisan work.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

There are three interactive studios for kids to get creative: The drawing/art studio, the costume shop and the fitting room. The goal is to have kids leave the museum with the desire to create. There are also several interactive moments for the kids interspersed throughout the exhibit. I suspect kids will be excited to see the droids, and the collection of lightsabers.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

The exhibit opened Sunday, November 13, and runs through April. Tickets for the exhibit have been on sale since May; if you’re hoping to visit during school holidays, definitely buy tickets soon. DAM encourages you to use the hashtag #starwarscostume on your favorite social media platforms. They even added a snapchat filter.

disclosure: I was invited to preview the exhibit for free, as a writer for All opinions are my own.