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Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Darth Sidious, the evil Dark lord of the Sith who becomes Emperor of the Galactic Empire, wears the instantly recognizable black hooded shape that was established in the first trilogy. For the prequels, the actor Ian McDiarmid used the original neck brooch which had been carefully stored in the archives. Darth Sidious's costume barely changes or develops throughout the saga. It was remade for The Phantom Menace in a very similar cloth and pattern. (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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