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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Power of Costume at Museum Fine Arts St Petersburg, Florida

Star Wars and Lucasfilm does it again with The Power of Costume at the Museum of Fine Arts St Petersburg Florida

Travel and visiting museums can be fun for the young and young at heart!

The Power of Costume at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg Florida is a classic example of a museum visit that will delight everyone in your family.  There are great examples of the costumes used in all of the Star Wars movies.  It opens with contrasting costumes of Obi-Wan Kenobi for Alec Guinness and Queen Amidala played by Natalie Portman.
Information about the reasons for using those designs and insight into the construction of the costumes is intriguing. 
Queen Amidala elaborate costume

Princess Leia infamous bikini

Other highlights of the exhibit include the evolution of the stormtrooper costumes over the years, the design of Han Solo's costume with, Chewbacca.  It is interesting how skinny Chewbacca actually is!  
Stormtrooper costume evolution since 1977

Chewbacca is skinny!

Videos are interspersed throughout the exhibit, with LTD's favorite:  C3PO.  There is a great description on the audioguide of the clumsiness of the C3PO costume with video demonstrating the difficulties for the actor, Anthony Daniels, who has played C3PO in every Star Wars movie. 

C3PO was a very cumbersome costume for the actor.

Great sketches are displayed on the walls, showing the inspiration for many costumes, and the process used to determine the final product.  The exhibit ends with a YODA puppet, which was so detailed, that you expect it to start speaking to you.  

Yoda seemed so real.

Every Star Wars movie is represented and all of your favorite characters' costumes will be there, so you won't be disappointed.  The only disappointing thing about this exhibit is the cost:  At $25 per ticket (which included audioguide), it can be too costly for some families. 

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