Walt Disney Archives costume exhibition headed to Seattle’s MoPOP

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) in Seattle, Wash. has announced that this October, it will welcome “Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume” in partnership with the Walt Disney Archives.

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The exhibit will feature more than 70 original items, including ball gowns, sorcerers’ capes, military uniforms, tiaras, and glass slippers.

“In film, television, and theater, costuming is a tremendously powerful tool for storytelling and character development,” said Alexis Lee, executive director of MoPOP. “Disney in particular is a master of the art and sets a standard for using wardrobe as a device for creative expression.”

The exhibit, which was previously shown at D23 Expo 2019, includes costumes from Academy Award-winning designers Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell, and Tony Walton, as well as Emmy winner Ellen Mirojnick and Emmy nominees Eduardo Castro and Penny Rose.

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In the exhibit, guests will see “Cinderella’s Workshop,” a gallery featuring the dresses from the fairy tale’s many Disney incarnations, including the 1997 “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella;” 2014’s “Into the Woods;” the 2015 live-action reimagining of “Cinderella;” and the ABC series “Once Upon a Time.”

The main gallery will be split up into three sections: “Disney Heroes,” “Disney Villains,” and “Spaces Between,” which will be occupied by the antiheroes we know and love. The exhibit will also offer interactive elements and photo-ops.

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Some of the costumes included in the Disney Heroes section are Belle’s village dress and ballgown from the 2017 live-action film; Giselle and Prince Edward’s costumes from “Enchanted;” and two Mary Poppins “traveling dresses,” one from the 1964 original film and the other from 2019’s “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Disney Villains costumes include those worn by the Sanderson Sisters in 1993’s “Hocus Pocus,” the dresses worn by the stepsisters in 2015’s “Cinderella,” and the dress worn by Bette Davis in 1978’s “Return from Witch Mountain.”

Spaces Between will include Maleficent’s gown from the 2014 film, along with the Evil Queen and Hook’s costumes from “Once Upon a Time.”

MoPOP is the first museum to showcase this exhibit with the Walt Disney Archives following its run at last year’s D23 Expo. More info on its run, including the October opening date and more, will be shared later this year.


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