Featured Image Caption: Left: Hyperdrive StarDarth Vader Concept Art, 1976, John Mollo, Graphite Pencil, Colored Pencil And Ink On Paper. Right: Darth Vader, Star Wars™ : Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. Illustration And Image ©  & ™ 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Used Under Authorization.

Visiting a Galaxy Far, Far Away… Or Just Down the Road at the DIA

Featured image: Left: Darth Vader Concept Art, 1976, John Mollo, graphite pencil, colored pencil and ink on paper. Right: Darth Vader, Star Wars™ : Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Illustration and image ©  & ™ 2018 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.


Unfortunately, as advanced as society has become in terms of science and technology, the Millennium Falcon doesn’t yet exist to make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs or visit Yoda on Dagobah. If a Star Wars fan wants to get their fix, that leaves watching the movies or visiting the exhibits at Disney World, but now the Detroit Institute of Arts is giving you a special peek at the galaxy George Lucas built, and it’s just down the street.

Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition developed in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and Lucasfilm Ltd. it’s running in Detroit through September 30.

The exhibit features more than 60 original costumes along with some selections from the series’ most beloved characters, including, Han and Chewy, R2-D2 and even that great symbol of the dark side himself, Darth Vader.

The exhibit doesn’t follow the linear storytelling of the movies but rather takes a look at the creative process that goes into translating characters from words on the page to pencil drawings all the way to bringing them to life in a coherent vision on-screen.

Chewbacca always looked quite a bit like the big, hairy lovable wookiee Star Wars fans have come to know. However, characters like R2-D2 and Darth Vader underwent quite the transformation in the translation from pencil sketch to fully fledged cinema icon.

In addition to the costumes and concept art, the traveling exhibit also includes several videos in which concept artists, costume designers and actors walk through their creative process on video and through interactive experiences. Scholars from the Smithsonian Institute also provide a look at the cultural impact of Star Wars as well as its place within the framework of history.

Any form of art has its historical and cultural influences. Star Wars is no exception to this rule. As an important work of science fiction and pop culture, it’s certainly influenced its share of art in various mediums throughout the years.

These influences take the world of Star Wars from being in a galaxy far, far away and bring it a little closer to home. The exhibit explores the surprising connections between the brainchild of George Lucas and the DIA’s collection.

Running through September 30, you’ve got a little bit more time to go see the special exhibit before it makes it returns to a cantina on Mos Eisley.

Tickets for adults are $19 from Tuesday – Thursday and $24 from Friday – Sunday. Residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties receive a $5 discount. Children ages 6 – 17 are eligible for $7 tickets.

For more information on this event and satellite events being held by the DIA in the suburbs, you’re compelled by the force to go to the Star Wars page on the DIA website. Engage your ship’s hyperdrive and get down to

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