Immerse. Imagine. Create. These principles will guide visitors through Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume on a unique journey through the challenges and triumphs of dressing the Star Wars™ universe. From the mind of creator George Lucas, to the concept artists who put these ideas to paper, to the artisans and costume designers who produced these fantastical, iconic wardrobes, Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume examines the complex process of costume making.

Embracing the universal themes of allegiance and betrayal, honor and virtue, and power and submission, museumgoers will explore anew the visual and symbolic impact of the Star Wars™ costumes.

With powerful concepts and strong visuals, the exhibition will use fabric, form, color, and style to convey this complex story. Several exhibition videos allow visitors to see and hear from the designers, actors, and George Lucas himself. Smithsonian scholars provide cultural and historic context.

Interactive encounters enable museumgoers to experience the costume designer’s process.

The nuance and dynamism of the 60+ featured original costumes dominates this exhibition. In each exhibition section, visitors will experience the breadth and depth of imagery, detail, and knowledge used in the costume design. This exhibition goes beyond the chronological, literary, or filmic order often used to chronicle Star Wars™. It focuses instead on the creative process, encompassing the essence of George Lucas’ vision and the exciting challenge of translating his iconic characters into a dynamic reality.

Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and Lucasfilm Ltd. Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & ©2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.


Exhibition specifications

  • 60+ original costumes on mannequins
  • Complete design package with elevations, sample floor plans, layouts
  • Complete manual with production-ready files
  • Five free-standing glass cases
  • All graphics with associated hardware as well as original graphic files.
  • All text panels
  • Digital and tactile interactives, including a "Touch This Fabric" low-tech interactive
  • All mounts/brackets for artifacts
  • Audible proximity alarms for exposed display areas
  • Complete label style guide with fonts and text hierarchy
  • Complete list of construction supplies to produce 20-23 platforms as needed
  • Production-ready drawings of all components needing fabrication
  • Registrarial supervision and assistance for installation and de-installation
  • Conservation guidelines and equipment for artifact care and cleaning
  • Professionally packed crates and handling instructions
  • Merchandise shop, approximately 500-1,000 square feet managed by Event Network
Venue-provided Elements
  • Installation crew with registrars and conservators
  • Construction of 20-23 display platforms with associated barriers and select risers
  • Venue-selected graphic outputs for images on venue walls
  • $400,000, per 22-week (5-month) booking period
  • Minimum of 7,000 square feet
  • Additional 900-1,000 square feet for exhibition store
  • History & Culture, Art
  • High
  • Prorated (all shipping charges included in rental fee)
Contacts Michelle Torres-Carmona, 202.633.3143 (scheduling)
Saul Drake, 202.633.3115 (content)
Tour Through 2020


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Tour itinerary

For programing and site details, please click on host museum's name.
Opening and Closing    
Jan. 31, 2015 - Oct. 04, 2015 EMP Museum, Seattle, WA Booked
Nov 14, 2015 – Sept. 5 2016 Discovery Times Square, New York City, NY Booked
Nov. 13, 2016 - Apr. 9, 2017 Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO Booked
May 25, 2017 - Oct. 1, 2017 Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH Booked
Nov. 11, 2017 - Apr. 1, 2018 Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL Booked
May 12, 2018 - Sept. 30, 2018   Call for Availability


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Related publications

Darth Vader and Darth Sidious have stolen all the costumes in the galaxy. Designers need your help to remember the details of how to remake them. Go through the exhibition, and write down the answers to these important questions! And, may the force be with you. Here are some sample questions. There are 10 in all. Download and print the scavenger hunt!







Help sort out the mess! Dark Side forces raided the homes of every rebel, Jedi, princess, and queen in the galaxy. Their clothing was thrown into a cave on Tatooine. Security forces need your help to identify which items of clothing belong to which characters, so that they may be returned to their original owners! Write the name of the owner under the detail. Download this quest!




How would you CUSTOMIZE these cool costumes? Add texture and patterns to this drawing of Princess Leia's simple gown, or print out a drawing of bounty hunter Boba Fett and add your style to his costume.

Press release

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Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the Power of Star Wars™ Costumes
Begins National Tour January 2015 | Exhibition Opens Jan. 31 at Seattle’s EMP Museum

Iconic costumes from “a galaxy far, far away” are presented in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume. The exhibit will begin a 12-city national tour at EMP Museum in Seattle, Wash., where it will be on view Jan. 31 through Oct. 4, 2015.

Culled from the collection of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume is a partnership of the museum, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Lucasfilm. George Lucas imagined and created a fantastical world filled with dynamic characters who told the timeless story of the hero’s journey. The costumes shaped the identities of these now famous characters, from the menacing black mask of Darth Vader and the gilded suit of C-3PO, to the lavish royal gowns of Queen Amidala and a bikini worn by Princess Leia when enslaved by Jabba the Hutt.

“Craftsmanship and artistry in costume design are valued creative components in the Star Wars Saga,” said Lucas. “The detailed precision of a design can be as bold a measure of storytelling as words on a page, leading to truths at the core of a character, situation or shared history. From initial concept drawings to complex physical constructions, the costumes featured in this exhibition serve to further define crucial aspects of worlds created to move, educate and entertain us—to inspire the imagination.”

Presenting 60 of the finest, hand-crafted costumes from the first six blockbuster Star Wars films, the exhibition uncovers the challenges, the intricate processes and the remarkable artistry of Lucas, the concept artists and costume designers. The costumes reflect an eclectic mix of cultural, historical and mythical sources that add rich texture to the story. 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 explore the creative process from Lucas’s vision through concept drawings by artists such as Ralph McQuarrie and Iain McCaig, to the final costume designs of John Mollo and Trisha Biggar, among others.

Featured costumes include the:

  • Monk-like robes of Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker
  • Intimidating suit and complex breathing apparatus of Darth Vader
  • Military-influenced uniforms of the Imperial Stormtrooper, Senate Guard and TIE Fighter Pilot
  • Yak hair and mohair costume of the towering Wookiee Chewbacca
  • Intergalactic outfits of Senators Bail Organa, Mon Mothma and Mas Amedda
  • Fierce armor of mercenary bounty hunters Jango Fett, Boba Fett and Zam Wesell
  • Elaborately detailed gowns of Queen Amidala, Queen Jamillia and their handmaidens

Short films in Star Wars and The Power of Costume provide a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process and include interviews with artists, designers and actors. The visitor experience will be enhanced by interactive flip books featuring sketches, photographs and notes that capture the creative team’s inspiration and vision.

Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume is the third exhibition on which SITES has collaborated with Lucasfilm. Previous projects were Star Wars: The Magic of Myth and Star Wars: The Art of the Starfighter.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play.

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, in development for Chicago’s lake shore museum campus, will celebrate the power of visual storytelling through collections and exhibitions of narrative painting, illustration, photography, film and cinema arts, animation and digital art. The Museum’s highly innovative facility is designed by Beijing-based MAD Architects. The Lucas Museum’s collection, conceived and initiated by George Lucas, continues to develop and grow in order to fulfill the Museum’s educationally driven mission.

Lucasfilm Ltd.
Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

EMP Museum
EMP is a leading-edge, nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower its visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation and scholarship to the popular culture of our time. EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

Lucasfilm, the Lucasfilm logo, STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

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