Star Wars and The Power of Costume Exhibit at EMP Museum in Seattle

Photo credit: Lucasfilm

Queen Amidala Photo credit: Lucasfilm

Opening January 31, 2015, EMP Museum in Seattle presents “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume,” a lavish and spectacular collection of iconic costumes from the first six Star Wars films, a total of 60 costumes on display. There are nine parts to the exhibit, ranging from Jedi and Sith costumes to Senate regalia to Darth Vader’s “iconic” suit. The displays will be supplemented by “digital flipbooks” with multimedia features and two short films about costume design, one focusing on Padmé Amidala. The exhibit marks a 12-city national tour that begins at EMP, where it will be on view January 31 through October 4, 2015. Special exhibition price applies. More details follow, including a grand opening event on January 30, 2014. Visit our friends at EMP right here.

Explore the trials and triumphs in dressing the Star Wars™ universe in this special behind-the-scenes look at the costumes that shaped the identities of the most iconic characters of our time.

Presenting nearly 60 hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume uncovers the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of George Lucas, the concept artists, and designers—and reveals the powerful connection between character and costume.

Through nine presentational “chapters”—Introduction: Dressing a Galaxy; Jedi versus Sith: Form, Function and Design; Concept and Design for Royalty and Beyond; Symbolism and Military Power; Outlaws and Outsiders; All Corners of the Galaxy: The Galactic Senate; After the Throne: Padmé’s Journey; Darth Vader: Iconic Villain; and Droid™ Design: C-3PO and R2-D2—visitors will be able to explore the creative process behind the names and faces that would come to shape the timeless story of a hero’s journey.

Revisit these now-famous characters through their most memorable attire, from the menacing black mask of Darth Vader, the gilded suit of C-3PO, and the monk-like robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala and the bikini worn by Princess Leia when enslaved by Jabba the Hutt.

Featuring insightful interviews with artists, designers, and actors; and interactive flip books with sketches, photographs, and original notes that capture how the creative team brought these visions to reality, Star Wars™ and The Power of Costume presents an extraordinary experience that will invite visitors to discover their favorite characters like never before.

The exhibit marks a 12-city national tour that begins at EMP, where it will be on view January 31 through October 4, 2015.

Admission to Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume includes access to all other EMP Museum galleries. Buy tickets online or over the phone at 206-270-2702 to reserve your preferred viewing date and time. Tickets are also available onsite at EMP, subject to availability.

Grand Opening Party and Presentation:

Calling all Jedi, Padawans, Droids, Sith, bounty hunters, Imperial troops, and scruffy-looking nerfherders for an epic evening of intergalactic activities celebrating the opening of Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.

Explore the exhibition, traverse the iconic worlds, and discover which side of the Force calls to you along the way! Featuring special guest Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), DJ set by Vox Mod, live performance by D20 Brass Band, spotlight talks, costume contests, photo ops, and fan-centered activities like gaming, live music, drink specials, as well as other star-hopping surprises.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive in costume and pay tribute to their favorite characters across the Galactic Empire.

Date and Time
January 30, 2015


EMP Museum
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info
$60 ($50 EMP members), $30 youth (ages 5-17)

All ages.

Event begins at 7:00pm. In order to help eliminate long lines for the exhibit and to ensure you are able to experience all of the activities throughout the evening, we’ve implemented timed ticketing, with entrance every 20 minutes from 7:20pm–11:20pm. On the next page, simply select a time and arrive in front of the gallery 10 minutes prior to the time you select. Enjoy the party before and after your viewing time!


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