Star Wars Costumes Dress-up MFA for a Galaxy Far, Far Away

November 11, 2017 by DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | VISUAL ARTS
Luminara Unduli Jedi Robes Star Wars™: Attack of the Clones. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
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Smithsonian exhibition exploring the power of Star Wars costumes opens today at the MFA St. Pete. The official costumes came directly from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

No other story depicts the heroes’ journey like Star Wars. Its dynamic characters and fantastic realm have been deeply influenced and shaped by costumes.

The exhibition reminds us that costumes aren’t just functional; they become a form of communication, which recalls Marshall McLuhan’s famous phrase  “The medium is the message” — the form of a medium latches itself in any message it conveys, creating a symbolism by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.

Likewise, the costume as a concept has a strong influence on the message of films, especially in fictional worlds, and none of these universes have been as everlasting in pop culture as Star Wars.

Come geek out with the far-out concept drawings all the way to the actual official costumes. From Dark Vader’s complex breathing apparatus and menacing stance, golden C-3PO to the royal gowns of Queen Amidala and the iconic slave bikini by Princess Leia. Learn about the creative process and enjoy the intricate aesthetics of this futuristic universe.

There’s more than 60 hand-crafted costumes from all seven main Star Wars features. You can see the historical and mythical influences; rich texture and eclectic ideas added by the designers. As part of the exhibit there’re interesting short films explaining the process through behind-the-scenes interviews with artists, designers and actors.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume  
Non-member ticketing prices:
Adults: $25
Youth 7-17: $18
Free for Children under 6.
$10 Member Pricing admission plus a bunch of extra perks.

Related Event

Designing Force: A Conversation with Star Wars Production Designer Doug Chiang
Dec 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Marly Room, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg.

 

Concept Art C-3PO and R2-D2 Star Wars™: A New Hope. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Han Solo Star Wars™: Return of the Jedi. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Queen Amidala Throne Room Gown Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Darth Sidious Senate Chamber Robers Star Wars™: Revenge of the Sith. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Concept Art Chewbacca Star Wars™: A New Hope. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Senate Guard Star Wars™: Revenge of the Sith. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Padmé Amidala Lake Retreat Dining Gown with Feathered Cape Star Wars™: Attack of the Clones. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Mas Amedda Senate Robes Star Wars™: Revenge of the Sith. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

Tusken Raider Female Costume Star Wars™: Attack of the Clones. © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

 

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