The exhibition really shows the dramatic power of costumes to convey the inner being of a character by use of color, texture, subtle imagery, props, and utility. While the beginning of the exhibit does start off with a dark entrance, after a short movie, most children were ok walking through on their own looking at the still mannequins and their outfits. Smaller children seemed to find the darker lighting and subtle (but annoying) alarms on the displays a turnoff. Students of film and theater will definitely enjoy this exhibit and it goes without saying, this exhibit is a must see for any diehard Star Wars fan. The exhibition shows off earlier drawings and proto-types used in the designs of the characters’ costumes and show how each was influenced by art, movies, and even world history. Director George Lucas drew many interesting and various influences from everything from Nazi soldiers, astronauts, Wild West motifs to samurai warriors. The clothing really is a character by itself, which is why many of the mannequins you will see throughout the display are faceless. The audience is left to draw on the power or force of each costume to form an image of the character portrayed.
You will be sent out of this exhibition with two treats. First, after emerging from galleries full of the memorabilia from the first six movies, you will come into a final room with costumes from the new movie, “The Force Awakens.” Not only does this add tons of hype and anticipation for the new movie but its pretty neat to see the full evolution of such a classic masterpiece. Finally the show concludes with an amusing visual trick: just before you exit you will find yourself standing before a wall of mirrors, and if you step close enough, you will see yourself transformed into a “Star Wars” character. Check out my transformation below!!