Featuring 70 hand-crafted costumes from all seven movies, this exhibition reveals the artists’ creative process—and uncovers the connection between character and costume.

Monopolising her entire lunch break and evening, we once again met up with Steph and headed to our second costume exhibition of the day.

This one, however, would take us to a galaxy far, far away…

These, in fact, are the droids we’re looking for — at Star Wars and the Power of Costume.

It’s worth mentioning that about half of the exhibition is Amidala’s wardrobe. (Not a criticism: just the unavoidable consequence of having a single character with more costumes changes than anyone else in the entire Star Wars universe.)

Say what you will about The Phantom Menace but Darth Maul was a damn cool villain.

“So be it… Jedi!”

BB-8! ❤ (Who – like WALL•E before him – succeeds in conveying an entire gamut of emotions belied by his lack of a single line of dialogue throughout. Indeed, his “thumbs-up” with the lighter which was just about my favourite moment in the whole movie.)

“I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee.”

The detail on these costumes is every bit as stunning in person as it is on-screen.


Evidently, Leia’s penchant for chic minimalism was not hereditary.

Jango Fett.

And Boba Fett (!) – who, I hasten to add, is on an elevated platform.

Apparently, underneath all that armour is an ass that won’t quit.

Captain Typho & co.

Some prequel trilogy weaponry – with Hoth binoculars thrown in for good measure.

Padmé, Mas Amedda and Bail Organa (Leia’s future adoptive father).

Palpatine’s outfits, charting his transition from “quasi-evil” to “I’m not even trying to hide it anymore”. I’m going to assume that flair from the dramatic is a Naboo thing.

“Someone who loves you.”

“…because he’s holding a thermal detonator!”

Leia’s Boushh disguise. Which promptly gave way to…

…the infamous Slave Leia bikini: catalyst for three-plus decades of fanboy fantasies.

Because no Star Wars costume exhibition would be complete without it…

Consider, for a moment, the final scene of Return of the Jedi and its horrifying off-screen implications: the Ewoks – a race of walking teddy bears – host a celebratory banquet for the rebels on Endor following the destruction of the Death Star. Considering that they tried to eat Han Solo & co. earlier in the movie, it’s safe to assume that the Ewoks are a) carnivorous, and b) not in the business of taking prisoners; which means the most likely candidates for the menu are the bodies of the defeated Stormtroopers currently having their helmets played like bongos. Let that sink in for a minute.

Mr and Mrs Sandperson.


Yet another entire section of the exhibition given over to Padmé’s ever-expanding wardrobe. (A plaque here informed us that 18 costumes were created for her in Episode II alone.)

Including that very tactical rip on Geonosis.

Nothing sets the mood for a shotgun wedding like the revelation that your husband has just slaughtered an entire village of people on his home planet.

Amidala’s final costume (quite literally) was also one of the most spectacular sections of the exhibit .

Designed to look as if she was floating, the lights in the room ripple over her like water.

The final section of the exhibition is dedicated to two of most iconic characters in the franchise: Yoda!

…and Darth Vader himself. (Who, coincidentally, was the only costume I was allowed to photograph in Tokyo last year.)

It ends – appropriately enough – with a new beginning: the three heroes’ costumes from The Force Awakens.

Exit through the gift shop. Steph opted for subtle homage.

…mine was a little more on the nose.

Through his eyes.

(And hers.)

That moment when you’re taking a lovely wee photo in Times Square…

…and suddenly a garbage truck blasts its horn mere feet behind you.

Dinner and drinks at Don Antonio.

We’re getting much better at this “regular, transcontinental reunion” thing.

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