A dramatic experience of the art of costume, for a celebrated film series where the costumes often are the characters.
The firm was hired by the producers of Running Subway to customize the Smithsonian SITES exhibition of more than 70 original costumes from every Star Wars film. The experience communicates the impact of production design and costumes on the movie universe, with a striking visual treatment, custom sound and lighting design, and stagecraft to deepen the sense of dramatic immersion. While the costumes, backdrops and special effects are the focus of the exhibit, several exhibition videos allow visitors to see and hear from the designers, actors, and George Lucas himself. Smithsonian scholarship provides cultural and historical context, while interactive encounters enable museumgoers to witness the costume designer’s process. In arrangements designed to evoke iconic scenes from the films, and with lighting and staging that present the costumes as timeless embodiments of high fashion, the exhibit is a powerful evocation of the way costume plays a key role in storytelling.