Collaborators: William Holmes, Chris Hummel, Adam Warman
December 14th of 2015 is a memorable day for Star Wars fans across the galaxy, but especially for the costuming organizations that promote the famous franchise.
Members of the Rebel Legion, 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs and The Dark Empire were invited to the World Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California.
About a half mile of Hollywood Boulevard was closed for preparation of the event. A tent was setup covering the entrances of the main venue, as well as the Dolby Theater and the TCL Chinese Theater.
Fans started gathering alongside the Boulevard starting at 2pm. A livestream started at around 4:30pm PST which was broadcast on the official website, StarWars.com. National and international press covered the event.
At 6:00pm PST, people headed to the theaters. One of the theaters was selected for an introductory speech from Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company) about the legacy of “Star Wars” in the history of popular culture, while introducing the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, alongside J.J. Abrams (director) and Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of “The Empire Strikes Back”, “Return Of The Jedi” and assistant screenwriter for “The Force Awakens”). Shortly after, the main cast was introduced to an astonished audience prior to the beginning of the main event.
Right after the main event, guests were escorted to the after party section, which was prepared with all kinds of amenities for the red carpet guests, turning Hollywood Boulevard in a party that people will never forget.
We consider ourselves fortunate to receive an invitation to the World Premiere of the most awaited movie of the decade, if not of the century. J.J. Abrams did not disappoint with his vision of the galaxy far, far away that has been passed from generations; my mother was 19 when the “Star Wars” was released, I was 18 when “The Phantom Menace” was released, and most of my contemporaries already have kids who will enjoy the new adventures of our beloved characters, and will pass the baton to the new heroes.