November 13 marks the start of a very exciting six months for the Denver Art Museum. The second level of the Hamilton Building will be hosting Star Wars and the Power of Costume, an exhibit curated by the Smithsonian Institution in conjunction with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Costumes from all seven films in the series will be on display for a tour of not only Star Wars history, but the history of its design and costume teams, as well.
The gallery takes visitors through the film’s creative history, which is intertwined with the Star Wars narrative. There will be a combination of short films, costume concept art, experts on-site, interactive content, videos of actors and designers sharing behind-the-scenes insight, and of course, the costumes themselves. This entire exhibit will immerse you into the creative process that makes the Star Wars movies so visually stunning.
The promise of an inside look at these beloved, iconic movies has us counting down the days until opening night. People who haven’t seen the films will be able to appreciate the gallery just as much as those who have followed the series religiously through the years. Context will be provided for newcomers, and all audiences will get a peek into the movie’s creative decision-making process, broken down scene by scene.
Of course, for Star Wars fans, it’s a can’t-miss opportunity. Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Queen Amidala and other well-loved characters will be on display, and the secrets behind their costumes will be revealed. A quick look at the official exhibit webpage will give you an idea of just how much detail really went into the designs for the movies. The page offers a sneak peek into one of the exhibit’s highly anticipated video commentaries, wherein George Lucas shares the reasoning behind the iconic black Darth Vader and white Storm Troopers. The empire’s control of the world is represented by their black-and-white costumes. Things are seen as very ordered, right and wrong, with little variation or color that inspires hope. The video is just a glimpse into what the exhibit holds, but it’s enough to build the anticipation.
There is plenty of buzz surrounding this exhibit, so admission is expected to sell out. Tickets work on a timed-entry system, which features time slots that will control the expected crowds and enhance the intimacy of the experience. Museum members get exclusive access to the exhibit premiere, which will be closed to the general public, and a 25 percent discount on the price of admission.
We will always support the local art culture in Boulder and the surrounding areas, and we are beyond excited to welcome Star Wars and the Power of Costume to Colorado. The Denver Art Museum is a short 35-minute drive from downtown Boulder, and as always, RTD buses will be available.
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