NEW YORK -- Right now, in a city not so far, far away, "Star Wars" fans can go behind-the-scenes to live this epic saga at an exhibit called Star Wars And The Power of Costume.
"You will learn what role costume played in telling the story of these characters," explained Teresa Brady, senior press director at Discovery Times Square, which is nestled in the heart of Manhattan's theater district. Seventy costumes from the first six films are on display in a 10,000-square-foot space. You can see uniforms, robes -- even Princess Leia's gold bikini from "Return of the Jedi" -- from creator George Lucas' private collection.
"There are so many lush, rich costumes that Natalie Portman wore throughout the first three prequels," said Brady as she walked through a beautiful gallery of dresses. "We call this Padme’s Journey. It features costumes she wore in 'Attack of the Clones,' 'Revenge of the Sith.'"
This display features a showstopper: Padme's wedding dress, adorned with a veil made from an antique, lace tablecloth.
Folks can also see Darth Vader, Han Solo, Chewbacca and a group of beloved robots, including C-3PO, R2-D2 and newbie BB-8.
The exhibit also celebrates the newest movie in the blockbuster series. "We also have a selection of costumes from 'The Force Awakens,'" said Brady.
There is even an interactive component. Visitors can stand before a screen and become one of the characters.
"'Star Wars' is really a multi-generational experience. We have so many parents coming in and they’re bringing in their children," says Brady. "These parents were kids when the first movies came out. Now they’re introducing it to their children who are just as excited, if not more."
Seeing the precise apparel -- full of craftsmanship and technique -- actually helps folks understand this classic tale of good versus evil.
"I just think all the details are so amazing!" says Kayla Girdner of California. "I loved the fabric you get to touch."
More than a fashion exhibit, it's an inter-galactic experience!
"I didn’t know there would be this many costumes at this scale," says Tyler Girdner. "I just walked past Yoda and Darth Vader and everyone. It just brings it to life in a different way."