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DENVER, CO.- The Denver Art Museum is presenting Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume, on view through April 2, 2017. The exhibition gives DAM visitors a look behind the scenes into the fantasy, marvel and delight of bringing characters in the Star Wars universe to life through a dramatic presentation of original costumes. Star Wars and the Power of Costume closely examines the captivating process of costume conception and design for iconic outfits, from Princess Leia’s unforgettable bikini to Darth Vader’s imposing black uniform, featured in all seven films of the Star Wars series.  

The creative process behind crafting the world of Star Wars is part of a pop-culture phenomenon that we are thrilled to bring to the Rocky Mountain region,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “A vivid exhibition display and behind-the-scenes look will delight creatives, designers and die-hard fans alike.”  

The challenges and triumphs of bringing characters and their believable worlds to life are revealed through thematic exhibition sections, including Jedi vs. Sith and the Galactic Senate. More than 60 hand-crafted costumes from all seven blockbuster Star Wars films uncover the connection between character and costume. Star Wars and the Power of Costume also explores the imagination and artistry of the world’s most recognized cinematic costumes, taking a closer look at the iconic villain Darth Vader, Wookiee Chewbacca, X-Wing pilots and Droids™, including C-3PO and R2-D2. 

So many of us have warm memories and a fascination associated with the Star Wars films, and it’s really the characters that maintain this longstanding connection,” said Stefania Van Dyke, interpretive specialist at the DAM. “Characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker have become inseparably associated with their costumes, and our unique presentation will give a look at the inspiration and nuanced creative processes of designers and artisans.” 

Visitors are able to tap into fantasy, quality craftsmanship and character development through immersive experiences that include powerful Star Wars royalty, military and senate imagery, as well as behind-the-scenes videos and testimonials from artists, designers and actors.

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

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

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

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Concept Art. Queen Amidala, Senate Gown, Star Wars™: The Phantom Menace © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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C-3PO, Star Wars™: Empire Strikes Back - R2-D2, Star Wars™: A New Hope © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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

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

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

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Boba Fett, Star Wars™: The Empire Strikes Back © & ™ 2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.