The Force has awakened in Detroit as the Star Wars and the Power of Costume exhibit, opened Sunday at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
“This exhibition allows visitors to explore the creative processes behind the art of costume design, while discovering the unexpected ways in which these works relate to art form from the DIA’s collection,” said DIA director Salvador Salort-Pons.
“I saw it yesterday and it’s just amazing,” said Christine Jann, who was among the museum employees to get a sneak peek of the exhibit appearing at the museum until the end of September. “Every corner you turn, there is something exciting to see.”
The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in consultation with Lucasfilm, Ltd. But it was the DIA’s team of curators, interpreters and designers that decided how to display the collection of costumes — which run the gamut from Queen Amidala’s lavish gowns to Darth Vader’s imposing black armor — and other pieces from the first seven movies in the “Star Wars” saga.