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Star Wars and the Power of Costume

The costume of the Jedi had an immediate effect on the actors who wore them, and influenced their portrayals. The success of the lightsaber, signature weapon of the Jedi and Sith, is achieved through the combination of cutting edge sound and visual effects, the actor's extensive sword training, and careful choreography. (Gordon Donovan/Yahoo News)

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Featuring 70 handcrafted costumes from the first six blockbuster "Star Wars" films, this exhibition reveals the artists’ creative process — and uncovers the connection between character and costume. George Lucas created a fantastical world filled with dynamic characters who told a 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. A special presentation for the showing at Discovery Times Square in New York will feature seven additional costumes from the highly anticipated film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." (Discovery Times Square)

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