The Force is Strong at the Denver Art Museum

The Force is Strong at the Denver Art Museum

It’s our nature to tell stories. We study and dissect them and discover morals, virtues, and characters to idolize or hate. From mythology, fairytales, and modern-day fiction, to motivational speaking, reality television, and cinema, it’s no exaggeration to say that storytelling is everywhere.

One of the most impactful modern-day stories is the Star Wars saga. For over three generations, the tales of Anakin, Obi-wan, Luke, Leia, and more have pulsed through our culture like blood through veins. George Lucas proved himself a master storyteller when A New Hope opened in 1977 and continued to do so with the release of subsequent episodes. And while he’s written plots and characters known the world over, he’s enhanced our relationship to and love of these characters through costume.

For the first time ever, costumes from Star Wars episodes I through VI are on tour and can be seen in the Denver Art Museum’s exhibit, Star Wars and the Power of Costume. In this extraordinary exhibit, more than 70 original costumes, sketches, and storyboards are on display. The idea behind the exhibit is not only to reinforce the characters’ stories though their dress, but to illustrate how these characters moved from page to screen and became the icons they are today.

It took three years of planning and multiple trips to Skywalker Ranch to scour through 45,000 feet of warehouse space to create this exhibit, which features costumes like Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Yoda. With Star Wars and the Power of Costume, the Denver Art Museum has not only accomplished its goal of tapping into the saga’s commercial power, but has inadvertently harnessed our need to believe in the fantastical, the hero, and hope.

With the passing of Carrie Fisher, the exhibit’s purpose has moved to yet another level. Princess Leia was one of cinema’s most daring heroines, whose strength and grit has had a great impact on women of all ages. In Star Wars and the Power of Costume, not only can visitors see her iconic white gown and slave bikini, they can also leave a note in memoriam outside the exhibit’s entrance.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see the costumes of a cultural phenomenon, of a story that will live on for generations. Star Wars and the Power of Costume is on exhibit through April 2, 2017 at the Denver Art Museum. For more information, visit

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About our extraordinary writer: Lindsay Diamond is a novelist and freelance writer living in the mountains of central Colorado. Visit to learn more.