#D23Expo: ‘Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume’

WDA_Cinderella_BlueGown_RW16017“Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.” It’s a little wordy but the length of the title should match impressive scale of the treasures promised within. Taking place only during the D23 Expo 2019, this new exhibit promises more than 70 costumes from 55 years of Disney movies and television shows!

The exhibit includes costumes from some of Hollywood’s preeminent designers — past and present — including Academy Award®-winners Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell, and Tony Walton, as well as Emmy® winner Ellen Mirojnick and Emmy nominees Eduardo Castro and Penny Rose.

The 12,000-square-foot exhibit will house 75 costumes in themed sections:

Cinderella’s Workshop

A gallery featuring the beloved fairy-tale character’s dresses from her numerous Disney incarnations, including 1997’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; the gown worn by Scarlett Johansson for Annie Leibovitz’s 2007 Disney Dream Portrait series; 2014’s Into the Woods; the 2015 live-action reimagining of the animated masterpiece Cinderella; and the ABC hit series Once Upon a Time.  

Main Gallery

WDA_Enchanted_Giselle_WeddingDress_0850The main gallery will be broken into three sections: “Disney Heroes,” “Disney Villains,” and “Spaces Between,” reserved for the antiheroes whose fascinating journeys make them among Disney’s most complex characters.

Disney Heroes

Among the costumes included in the “Disney Heroes” section are Belle’s village dress and ballgown from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast; creations worn by the Genie, Aladdin, and Jasmine in this year’s live-action Aladdin; and—for the first time ever displayed together—three iconic Mary Poppins “traveling dresses” worn in three Poppins productions: the 1964 original Mary Poppins, 2019’s Mary Poppins Returns, and the Broadway musical.

Disney Villains

Maleficent - costume, black "Christening" dress, black collar, black corset, black boots, black headdress w/ horns, black spine ring (08456). Change #2, Sc: 88-89Ensembles include the trio of wonderfully wicked witches from 1993’s Hocus Pocus, the duo of dresses worn by the stepsisters in 2015’s Cinderella, the frosty yet regal dress worn by Tilda Swinton in The Chronicles of Narnia, Luke Evans dashing ensemble from Beauty and the Beast, and the dress worn by the incomparable Bette Davis in 1978’s Return from Witch Mountain.

Spaces Between

Includes Maleficent’s gown from the 2014 film, as well as the Evil Queen and Hook’s costumes from Once Upon a Time.

More in Store

Many of the costumes on exhibit will be featured in The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between, a dazzling new book out this September from Disney Editions. The book will also be available in advance exclusively at D23 Expo.

See it for Yourself

D23 Expo 2019 takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center from August 23-25, 2019.

For tickets and info visit D23expo.com. The 3-day passes AND 1-day Saturday tickets are sold out BUT the 1-day tickets for Friday and Sunday event dates are still available. To join D23 and enjoy Gold Member benefits, visit D23.com/join.

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Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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