Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume
A captivating exhibition that immerses visitors into the world of Disney, illustrating how our understanding of its iconic characters is shaped through the artistry and creativity of its costumes.
Using more than 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, sorcerers’ capes, military uniforms, tiaras, and of course glass slippers, the exhibition explores the vision, process, and craft used to create the costumes worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment. Heroes and Villains features costumes from some of Disney’s kindest heroes and toughest villains, as well as insights from designers, photographs, interactives, and a special film.
Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! There are only a few weeks left before MoPOP’s Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume exhibition turns back into a pumpkin after Sunday, April 17.
We will take a look at the "heroes" section of this exhibit first.
Cosplay can get EXPENSIVE. I decided to add accessories for a Black Widow cosplay and here I'm making my own bullet cuffs.
The fringed squawkers I found at Dollar Tree in the party section. I bought 2 packs.
Once you remove the cellophane fringe, you're left with "bullets". They're white plastic and in order for the gold to show well, I painted them red first. Once they dry, paint them metallic gold. I used acrylics, but you can spray paint them.
Glue the bullets onto a wrist band, mine are cut from foam sheets. Add electrical tape to the base of the bullets. Add a velcro closure and voila, your Black Widow wrist cuffs are ready for action!
Old Hollywood glamour.....ahhh...the stuff MY dreams are made of!
Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn.
I met Lauren Bacall. 1986 Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. She was starring in Sweet Bird of Youth. I waited by the back stage exit, (I know, cliche), when she walked out my back was turned. I felt a tap on my shoulder and heard "excuse me." I turned to stand face to face with a Hollywood Legend. She was 62 and so glamorous, regal, majestic wearing a black and white striped turtleneck and black pants. I couldn't speak. She somehow knew.
"Hello." I replied.
She breezed passed towards her waiting car. For such a brief encounter, I was forever impacted.
I found both pair of shoes at a vintage resale. They're not vintage, strange, but I bought the gray pair with intention of making them over to look something like what Betty Grable would wear in Pin Up Girl.
I painted the soles red, then coated the shoes with Mod Podge. Sprinkled generously with a mix of silver, pink and magenta glitter! Sealed with Mod Podge (after several coats of glitter).
Ooo LA LA - OBSESSED!
Now on view at the Bowers Museum, the exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic celebrates The Walt Disney Company on the 50th anniversary of its archives, with behind-the-scenes access never before granted to the public.
The 10,000-square-feet traveling exhibit, which premiered at D23 Expo Japan in 2018, offers several rare items only on loan to the Bowers.
Guests are invited to step into The Walt Disney Archives as they walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 objects, including original artwork, costumes, and props that tell the story of the Archives, The Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. From nostalgic classics like never-before-displayed sketches for Fantasia and ghouls from the Haunted Mansion attraction, to modern-day favorites like super hero costumes and maquettes from Frozen, this enchanting exhibition is an immersive treasure-trove the entire family will love.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".