The Dark Empire (TDE) is a costuming home for fans of the dark side of the force. We welcome custom and canon Sith, Dark Jedi, and Grey Jedi. The Dark Empire was founded in April of 2007, in Tennessee, as a fan group for costumers preferring to focus on the "dark side" of Star Wars. Since that time, the Empire has slowly been expanding the world over, with members not only in the USA, but also the UK and abroad. Although TDE is not sponsored or endorsed by Lucasfilm, the group is recognized by Lucasfilm as a costuming organization comprised of and operated by fans of Star Wars.
TDE encourages "custom creativity." While many of our members have canon Star Wars costumes of established Sith and Dark Jedi (and Grey Jedi) characters, one of the core beliefs of our group is that Star Wars was created to engage one's imagination, and The Dark Empire seeks to build upon that principle by allowing custom Sith / Dark Jedi / Grey Jedi costumes within its membership base, adhering to a set of minimum costuming standards, as set forth within the TDE Charter. Creative writing is also highly encouraged; short stories can be placed within the TDE forums by our members. Voiceover artist Joe "Lord Bruticus" Mignano (TDE-021) also narrates fan-fiction at the end of each episode of our podcast, Dark Empire Radio.
The Dark Empire mission statement is: "to promote multi-generational fandom and appreciation of STAR WARS through acts of charity, and to encourage creative costuming as custom characters and canon characters representing the dark side of the Star Wars universe." As indicated in our Mission Statement, the goal of The Dark Empire is to create smiles and enjoyment of the Star Wars experience through acts of charity. The Dark Empire does not accept any payment for its services, and in cases where funds are collected for charitable causes, those funds are delivered directly to the charity itself. TDE has and always will remain a non-profit organization. Some of the organizations directly supported by The Dark Empire include Red Cross, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lions Club International, March of Dimes, and The Salvation Army. TDE also has members that work with multiple costuming groups for the benefit of regional and local communities.