“Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume” arrives at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington on June 5, tickets available now



Walt Disney Archives and Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington, announced an exhibition partnership today. Heroes & Villains: The Art of Disney Costume is a limited-time offer that will be on display at the Museum of Pop Culture from June 5, 2021 to April 17, 2022. Guests who attended Expo D23 2019 will recognize this exhibition when it premieres. Tickets are on sale now at the site of the Museum of Pop Culture.

The immersive exhibit will take museum visitors into the world of Disney movies, showcasing the art and creativity of costuming.

In the purest Disney spirit, the exhibition will include two interactive elements:

  • A “magic mirror” inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and designed by MoPOP, allows the visitor to virtually “try on” many of the costumes featured in the exhibit. The mirror uses non-contact technology and a depth camera to detect visitors as they approach and show them what they might look like as Cinderella, Maleficent, Jack Sparrow, or Mary Poppins.
  • “Getting Into Character” is an interactive projection that allows visitors to explore the materials, colors, textures and shapes that costume designers use to help define a character. Guests “step into” an area where a spotlight detects their presence, and an animated collage of materials, colors, textures, and / or patterns used to define a particular character is displayed along with information explaining the character and the costume design.
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Image source: Walt Disney Archives

More than 70 objects are presented in the exhibition, including:

  • Ten Cinderella pieces including ball gowns, tiaras, slippers and other accessories including a 2015s dress Cinderella by Sandy Powell (pictured above) made from over 270 yards of fabric and adorned with over 10,000 crystals.
  • Work by 19 different designers, including 11 Oscar® winners and nominees: Colleen Atwood, Jenny Beavan, Jacqueline Durran, Anthony Powell, Sandy Powell, Bill Thomas, Paco Delgado, Gary Jones, Jeffrey Kurland, Judianna Makovsky and Anna B. Sheppard.
  • Evil dress worn by Angelina Jolie, with her staff, designed by Anna B. Sheppard.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) Penny Rose costumes, including the Jack Sparrow outfit worn by Johnny Depp and the Barbossa outfit worn by Geoffrey Rush – both made without zippers or velcro, as Rose wanted the construction to be authentic.
  • The dresses of the three witches of Hocus pocus (1993) worn by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy – all designed by Mary Vogt – no longer the void!
  • The oldest costume on display is the Mary Poppins travel dress designed by Bill Thomas and worn by Julie Andrews in the 1964 film. It is paired with the travel dress designed by Sandy Powell and worn by Emily Blunt in 2018. Mary Poppins Returns.
  • The new costumes on display are four pieces from 2019 Dumbo, designed by Colleen Atwood.
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Image source: Walt Disney Archives

“Costume design is an essential part of storytelling, and Heroes and Villains illustrates the richness of character that we hope our films portray, ”said Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives. “It was exciting working with the curators at MoPOP to bring a selection of the mind-blowing pieces we have at the Walt Disney Archives in Seattle.”

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Image source: Walt Disney Archives

Costume of Gaston, worn by Luke Evans in The beauty and the Beast (2017), will also be in the exhibition.

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Image source: Walt Disney Archives

The Museum of Pop Culture will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. To access the exhibit, general admission to the museum plus a special fee of $ 6 is required. Museum members will have access to the exhibition included with their subscription.

Will you take a trip to check Heroes & Villains: The Art of Disney Costume at the Museum of Pop Culture? Let us know in the comments!



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