As Star Wars fans and movie-goers everywhere prepare for the arrival next month of Episode 7: The Force Awakens, an incredible exhibition arrives in New York City to help stoke the excitement. Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume opens at Discovery Times Square on November 14th and runs until September 5th 2016. The collection includes artifacts from all of the films in the saga and features many of the most popular characters. It will allow visitors to see the challenges in creating everything from the gorgeous royal gowns of Queen Amidala to the 7-foot tall Wookiee Chewbacca. The first traveling exhibition to concentrate solely on Star Wars costumes, the focus here is on the process to create the iconic characters who inhabit a galaxy far, far away.
As a traveling exhibit that uncovers the exciting process of turning ideas into reality how does it align with the overall mission of Discovery Times Square.
Our mission at Discovery Times Square is to connect visitors to the entertainment properties they love. And there is not a more iconic entertainment property than Star Wars so this exhibit perfectly aligns with our mission.
Immerse, imagine, and create are the principles used to guide visitors through this exhibit. In what ways should visitors embrace this mindset when exploring?
From the moment visitors enter the exhibit they can’t help but be drawn into the Star Wars universe. We’ve really captured the spirit of the films so visitors will have the opportunity to see some of their favorites up close including Darth Vader, Yoda and Chewbacca.
The exhibition is organized in nine presentational “chapters” exploring everything from concept drawings to the physical constructions. What are some of the most major artifacts that you think fans will be most excited about?
In addition to all the amazing costumes that cover the previous Star Wars films as well as The Force Awakens, there will be dozens of artifacts including the Speederbikes from Return of the Jedi, Imperial Scout Trooper Helmets and Battle Droids.
What’s something you think a lot of fans will be surprised to learn from this installation?
We will explore the creative process of designing for Star Wars from the idea and concept drawings to selecting fabrics and construction. We highlight the craftsmanship and artistry behind the costumes, as well as the influences from world culture and world history that are reflected. We also look at the careful and deliberate selection of materials with an understanding of how they move, feel and look on film.
Visitors will learn how these costumes help shape an imaginary world and how they are a tool to bringing fantasy characters to life, creating believable worlds and time periods. Star Wars costumes will help illustrate the information in a dynamic and accessible way, and hopefully inspire creativity and imagination.
Is there a certain order in which visitors should travel through the exhibition?
No. The exhibit is designed so visitors can enjoy the story of Star Wars as it unfolds, from the original trilogy to the last installment, culminating in the reveal of costumes from The Force Awakens.
Will there be anything on display as a sneak peak to the upcoming movie?
There certainly will be! We’re very excited that the BB-8 Droid and six costumes from The Force Awakens will be included.
Do you think fans of the Star Wars franchise for its characters and stories leave with a deeper appreciation for a new facet of the films that they may have been unfamiliar with?
Absolutely! Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume explores the imagination, art and artistry behind some of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes. It shows how an idea transforms into a physical object to create an imaginary world. The exhibition reveals the behind-the-scenes process of designing for characters, and how those costumes become the primary tool for actors in bringing those characters to life.