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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:57 am

The Detroit Institute of Arts will host the "Star Wars and the Power of Costume" exhibition May 20-Sept. 30, 2018, featuring BB-8, Yoda and an Ewok along with 66 original costumes from the first seven movies.

The exhibition, a ticketed event, will showcase more than 150 pieces and sketches documenting the artistic process embracing the spirit of George Lucas’ vision. The exhibit will highlight the exciting challenge of transforming Lucas’ quintessential characters into a vibrant and forceful reality. Viewers of the event will also see the ingenious costumes of Queen Amildala, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca and R2-D2.

WSU undergrad costume design lecturer Mary Copenhagen said “It’s going to be a fun. It’s a historic movie.”

“The public would be very interested in attending this and my students will be interested and I will bring my students over to see it,” she added.

Star Wars released its first film in 1977 and has created additional films, comic books, music soundtracks, video games and novels. According to Lucasfilm and industry analysts at NPD Group, $32 billion has been made in merchandising sales alone and is increasing by $1.5 billion per year.

“Honestly, I am really excited about the new Star Wars exhibit coming to the DIA,” said Parker Feldman, a sophomore and political science major. “I think this addition will bring in more foot traffic, and draw in a larger variety of people.”

“Personally, being able to look at the costumes and other Star Wars memorabilia is enough to justify an afternoon trip to the DIA,” he said.

The exhibit will also include an interactive opportunity to watch designers and actors through videos. The Smithsonian scholars will also provide an interpretation of historical and cultural context.

Alma Supuk, a junior sociology major at WSU, said that “bringing the exhibition [to the DIA] will be great because Star Wars is considered art in a way because it’s entertainment.”

Star Wars and the Power of Costume were developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling exhibition service in partnership with Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in Consultation with Lucasfilm LTD. For additional information regarding this event visit the DIA website or the Facebook page.

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