Starting November 11, 2017, the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, will host Star Wars and the Power of Costume traveling exhibition tour. The exhibit closely examines the process of designing the costumes for the first seven films of the Star Wars series. It focuses on the creative process, encompassing the essence of George Lucas’ vision and the exciting challenge of translating his iconic characters into a dynamic reality.

Through nine presentational “chapters,” visitors will explore the creative process from Lucas’s vision through concept drawings by artists such as Ralph McQuarrie and Iain McCaig, to the final costume designs of John Mollo and Trisha Biggar, among others.

These “chapters” are:

  • Introduction: Dressing a Galaxy
  • Jedi versus Sith
  • Form, Function and Design
  • Concept and Design for Royalty and Beyond
  • Symbolism and Military Power
  • Outlaws and Outsiders
  • All Corners of the Galaxy
  • The Galactic Senate
  • After the Throne: Padmé’s Journey
  • Darth Vader: Iconic Villain
  • Droid Design

Star Wars and the Power of Costume was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and in consultation with Lucasfilm Ltd. Objects in this exhibition are on loan from the Archives of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

The exhibit is expected to run until April 1, 2018, and this is the only Florida stop for the touring exhibit.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for children ages 7-17. Kids 6 and under are free. Museum members receive one free admission to Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume during the Members-Only Opening Weekend, November 11th and 12th.

Tickets go on sale to public October 19, 2017. See the museum’s website more information.


Michelle Snow is a huge fan of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars in films and TV, as well as the Disney parks. She's also an award-winning writer who has written several guidebooks on Orlando. Follow her on Twitter @zengrrl. Her blog, CitySurfing Orlando covers Orlando and the theme parks. Her favorite rides at the Disney parks are Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain, and Indiana Jones Adventure, and she is anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land to become real. She collects anything to do with Snow White, Grumpy, Tinkerbell, and Stitch. She also has an unhealthy obsession with Jedi and Iron Man.