Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Matthew Nelson

Matthew is a writer and member of the Data Team at hobbyDB, where he enjoys blogging about the random things he collects.

In honor of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi teaser trailer released today, let’s talk Star Wars!

The Denver Art Museum recently held a first-of-its-kind exhibit called Star Wars and the Power of Costume that featured over 70 costumes from the original trilogy, the prequels, and The Force Awakens. The exhibit offered glimpses into the designers’ creative process supplemented with countless photos, sketches, short videos and other inspirational bric-a-brac that contributed to the Star Wars aesthetic.

Darth Vader’s initial designs, for example, took inspiration from gas masks and German SS helmets from World War II. Darth Maul, too, went through a number of iterations, the earliest of which depicted him as a pre-adolescent demon-like child with red dreadlocks (which you can see below).

This exhibit officially ended Sunday, April 9, after a one week extension to accommodate the large crowds, but you can still see the costumes I snapped below during my tour through that galaxy far, far away.

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