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Costume Preview

The two trilogies of the Star Wars™ series, the original and the prequel, took two very different approaches to costume design. The divergent looks emphasize creator George Lucas’s idea that when the evil Empire takes over the galaxy, fashion goes out the window. From Darth Vader’s black robes to Princess Leia’s famous bikini, get a peek at costumes in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, the original drawings that inspired them, and details of the rich fabrics. There are 36 more costumes in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition. Get a list of them all.

>> And check out photos of the exhibition itself.