April 6, 2017
It’s not too late to visit the Star Wars Costume Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. It has been extended to April 9th, so there is one more day! Tickets for adults with audio are $28 and appointment times are available every 15 minutes though many times are sold out.
I was fortunate to go a few days ago when it wasn’t very crowded. I believe any Star Wars fan will appreciate the exhibit, but an of those who like movies and fashion might like this exhibit. It probably suits Star Wars and fashion fans the best.
The costume designers, artists and George Lucas went through significant processes to create these costumes. They started with sketches, then story boards, then small models, and then the final product. Many of the costumes looked like wool, yet were mostly made of silk because it was a lighter material that could swing around in fighting scenes.
My favorite part of the exhibit was watching the video on C-3PO…poor Anthony Daniels, the actor who has played the droid in every movie. The costume legs were tight and stiff so that he couldn’t walk well. “Perfect,” said George Lucas, “it looks like a robot walking.” In addition, Anthony Daniels couldn’t sit down in the costume, so during the breaks in 115⁰ weather in the desert, he had to stand there while someone helped him drink water! Sometimes the costume would fall apart and other times he’d just fall down while walking and have to be helped up!
Another actor for whom I felt sorry was Peter Mayhew. He played Chewbacca, loaded down in 15 pounds of yak hair in the original Star Wars series. In these movies, there wasn’t a cooling system as there is now.
The exhibit wasn’t too long. It only took me about an hour to go through after listening to the audio for 13 stations. There was a large exhibit of Padme’s costumes, and those who like materials and embroideries would really like this. I tended to like the plastic storm trooper costumes. Overall, it is worth seeing. Hurry and get your ticket! ETB
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