Star Wars and the power of costume at EMP Museum


If you are in Seattle for the Emerald City Comic Con 2015 this weekend (27-29th March) then don’t forget to stop by the EMP Museum to visit the exhibition featuring the costumes from the Star Wars films. This is a must see for any fans of Star Wars, for a up close and personal look at the intricate detail that has been put into each costume, in particular the costumes worn by Natalie Portman for her character Queen Padme Amidala. In fact the night before filming was to begin on the wedding scene between Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, costume designer Trisha Biggar decided the wedding dress needed something extra. Trisha spent the night adding pearls into the wedding dress worn by Padme (Natalie Portman).


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.

Don’t forget that you can save $5 off admission with the coupon available on the back cover of the official Emerald City Comic Con 2015 programme. It is limited to one per person and you must present an Emerald City Comic Con 2015 Badge for discount, it cannot be combined with any other offer and the offer doesn’t expire until 26th April 2015.


Emerald City Comic Con is the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the pacific northwest. Check out the site to find the latest on everything ECCC, including lists of guests, exhibitors, artists, schedules, gaming and events. Tickets for Emerald City Comic Con 2015 have SOLD OUT.

Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: A behind-the-scenes look at some of the most iconic costumes in film history is open from January 31-October 4, 2015 at the EMP Museum in Seattle.

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