“Star Wars” has always been a part of my life. I grew up watching “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” and quickly found a love for the movies as well.
Thursday I had the opportunity to visit the “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume” exhibit at the Experience Music Project. As an avid “Star Wars” fan, I truly enjoyed getting a close-up look at the costumes that made the “Star Wars” characters who they are.
This exhibit will not disappoint, as it does an excellent job of not only displaying the costumes, but also explaining their inspirations and how they were made through the use of well-placed interactive tablets, short films, and information plaques.
All of this exhibit is worth seeing by any “Star Wars” fan, but here are some of my highlights.
As soon as you reach the main room, you are faced with Queen Amidala’s throne room dress from “Phantom Menace.” The up-close look reveals intricate gold detailing too small to see while watching the movies. The whole costume speaks authority and makes you feel a little small looking at it. On the other hand, next to Queen Amidala’s dress, is Obi-wan Kenobi’s “New Hope” outfit. His simple tattered jedi robes provide a stark contrast to the royal gown of Queen Amidala. One represents a time before the empire, when people expressed themselves, and the other displays a time during the empire when heavy oppression makes fashion something the rebels do not have time for.
To the right of Chewbacca stands an Imperial TIE Fight pilot. TIE pilots being some of my favorite characters, I was excited and was not let down. The shiny black armor and pilot gear gives the costume some resemblance to Darth Vader and yet it is intimidating in its own right.
Off to the side, there is a little side room with music playing. As you enter the room, you quickly realize the music is the Imperial March and are confronted by Lord Vader himself. The red lighting and sheer size of Darth Vader sends shivers down your spine. Another well-placed tablet gives you insight into the inspiration for Vader and the concept art that eventually made him who he is.