Chuck Bean


If you’re looking for some summer fun that satisfies your nerd-tastebuds, the Detroit Institute of Arts is the place!

Kicking off Sunday, May 20 and running until September 30 is the ‘Star Wars and the Power of Costume’ exhibit – one that contains over 60 costume items from the ‘Star Wars’ universe, as well as sketches and prototypes of the characters prior to production.

According to the DIA, the exhibition “provides an up-close look at costumes of some of the most beloved– and infamous — characters in cinema history, among them Queen Amidala, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Stormtroopers, Chewbacca, Han Solo, X-wing Pilots, and Droids, including C-3pO and R2-D2.”

Don’t forget BB-8! The stretch goes between the Original Trilogy, to the prequels, through ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ 

Visitors also can watch designers and actors in multimedia experiences talking about said costumes and talking about what it felt like to wear them. Considering that this exhibition is co-branded by The Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art and the Smithsonian, it’s safe to say you’re going to get an experience that is out of this world… Specifically a galaxy far, far away.

The show runs Tuesday-Thursday for $19, $24 on Friday-Sunday, and Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County residents recieve $5 off their ticket. Kids 6-17 are $7.

Check out the gallery of some of the concept art and costumes that can be seen, and make yourself a ‘Star Wars’ day experience!