Star Wars And The Power Of Costume Exhibit Is Heading To Florida


Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume continues its tour in Tampa, FL on November 11th.

If you’re like me, you can’t get enough Star Wars. When you’re at a store and see something with the Star Wars font on it, you run over there to see what it is. But even if you’re a “casual fan” of the franchise, you’ll want to see this exhibit.

According to Lennie Bennett of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume is coming to St. Petersburg, FL. This exhibit will be open to the public on November 11th at the Museum of Fine Arts. It is currently in Denver, CO until April 9, 2017. But before it makes its way to St. Petersburg it will stop in Cincinnati from May 25, 2017 – October 1, 2017. In Cincinnati, the exhibit will be featured at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit is broken up into seven chapters. Each chapter displays clothing from one of the first seven Star Wars movies. But the exhibit doesn’t end there: each chapter also features sections, such as: “Jedi vs. Sith,” “The Galactic Senate” and “Symbolism Military Power.”

Image Credit: Lucasfilm

The exhibit won’t feature every piece of clothing from every movie, but it will show some of our favorites, including: Darth Vader’s armor, the extremely detailed gowns of Queen Amidala and Queen Jamillia, the suit that Peter Mayhew wore to play Chewbacca, the battle armor of Zam Wesell, Jango Fett and Boba Fett, the robes of Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, and much more!

Image Credit: Lucasfilm

The executive director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Kristen A. Shepherd, talked about this exhibit:

"“Star Wars is an important cultural touchstone and we are thrilled to present the artistry of these costumes. The exhibition will take visitors inside the creative process by showing how designers interpret and translate George Lucas’ vision into reality. . . . Design is a critical element in narrative art forms, including film, and these are some of the most significant costumes in film history.”"

The fact that this exhibit exists is more proof of just how amazing Star Wars is. Think about it: ever since 1977, the Star Wars franchise has reached nearly every country on earth. It doesn’t matter if a new movie is out or not; you’ll always see toys on the shelves and clothing on the racks. The aura of Star Wars can be felt everywhere, seen everywhere, all the time. The first sentence of Ms. Shepard’s quote sent chills up my spine. Star Wars truly is “an important cultural touchstone.”

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There are many more examples of the impact that Star Wars has had on the world. But instead of listing all of them, I’m just going to say that you should visit the Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume. I really hope it makes its way to Minnesota where I live.