Star Wars and The Power of Costume

IMG_7562BY DEAN MOSES
Residents of New York have access to many prominent museums, whether it is historical or artistic. Unique, traveling museums also make their rounds in the Big Apple, such as Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, now the Star Wars and the Power of Costume comes to the heart of Times Square. Presented by Discovery Times Square, Star Wars and the Power of Costume does exactly what it says on the tin, it showcases the many extravagant outfits seen in all seven Star Wars movies, even the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The exhibit begins in a room with a large screen and walls filled with Star Wars
artwork. A short film is shown, describing the importance of costume design in the Star Wars universe. After the video concludes, what looks to be a hologram of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) appears. When Fisher’s character utters those famous words, “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi,” your inner child is ready to claw
his or her way out. This is the exhibit’s ingenious way of setting you up for what you are about to experience, and it does it remarkably well. When you are shown to the tangible portion of the exhibit, you are told that you are able to spend as long as you would like inside. So, if you want to glance by everything you can do that or if you want to really stand and study the displays, you can do that, too. The important thing to keep in mind when attending Star Wars and the Power of Costume is that it only showcases outfits and props. Aside from the introduction, don’t expect to find any wacky gimmicks akin to the things you may find at Disney World.

The outfits themselves are beautifully displayed—some are even placed in poses and accompanied by the backdrops from their respective films, such as Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala’s wedding. You will see a lot of garments from the prequel trilogy with attires from the original motion pictures scattered throughout the exhibit. If you are a parent considering this event for your child, you will be pleased to know that this exhibition can also be educational. Plaques displayed by the pieces tell of the historical inspirations behind the clothing. For instance, one sign states that an item from Queen Amidala’s wardrobe was derived from a Mongolian princess.

Although I am a huge Star Wars fan myself, the real magic came when a young child rushed to two mannequins wearing robes and said, ”Look, mom, that is Palpatine before he became the Emperor and that is after.” The boy was overwhelmed with excitement—he was experiencing his favorite fictional world in reality—his happiness could be heard in his voice and seen in his eyes. I felt the same way; only I tried to keep my fervor at bay. That’s what Star Wars does for people of all ages, and that’s also what this exhibition achieves. Despite having a hefty entry fee of $27.99, the Star Wars and the Power of Costume does what it sets out to: it brings the jackets, dresses, blasters, and light sabers to you—it brings them to
life. It turns out that galaxy far, far away is not far away at all, it is in Times Square. But act fast, Star
Wars and the Power of Costume will be running for a limited time.

Photos: Dean Moses