Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) opened the new exhibit, Walt Disney Archives, Heroes and Villains: The Art of Disney Costumes on June 5th. This exhibit explores the story of costume design through Disney live-action films through the decades. Most costumes are from relatively new films, with some of the oldest from the original Mary Poppins.
Of course, Disney did not originate in live-action films, but in animation. Further, the Walt Disney Archives established only 50 years ago, so some items iconic items are considered lost. A small selection of what has been preserved is on display here. From modern live-action remakes to original films like Tomorrowland, The Santa Clause, and Enchanted the costumes are beautifully displayed. Moreover, being able to see these designs up close makes them all the more valuable. As you can see the detail in each piece, you see the care it took to create.
This exhibit originated at D23 Expo in 2019, the Disney “Comic-Con” style convention that happens bi-annually in Anaheim, CA. This exhibit shared the same story of costumes from development through final design. For more information about this exhibit and ticketing, please visit the MoPOP website.
Check out the gallery below for a look at some of the featured costumes.
For more information about the creation of the MoPOP Disney exhibit, please check out an article from our sister site Serious Insights.