The immersive exhibition will take museum guests within the world of Disney films, showcasing the artistry and creativity of costuming.
In true 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” several of the costumes featured in the exhibition. The mirror uses touchless technology and a depth camera to sense visitors as they approach and show them how they might look 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 forms that costume designers use to help define a character. Guests “step into” an area where a projector detects their presence, and an animated collage of materials, colors, textures, and/or patterns used to define a particular character are displayed along with information explaining the character and costume design.
More than 70 items are featured in the exhibition, including:
Ten Cinderella pieces including ball gowns, tiaras, slippers, and other accessories including a gown from 2015’s Cinderella by Sandy Powell (pictured above) made from more than 270 yards of fabric and adorned with over 10,000 crystals.
Work from 19 different designers, 11 of whom are 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.
Maleficent dress worn by Angelina Jolie, along with her staff, designed by Anna B. Sheppard.
Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) costumes by Penny Rose including Jack Sparrow’s outfit worn by Johnny Depp and Barbossa’s outfit worn by Geoffrey Rush — both of which were made without zippers or Velcro, as Rose wanted the construction to be authentic.
The three witches’ dresses from Hocus Pocus (1993) worn by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy — all designed by Mary Vogt — plus the vacuum!
The oldest costume on display is Mary Poppins’ traveling dress designed by Bill Thomas and worn by Julie Andrews in the 1964 film. It is paired with the traveling dress designed by Sandy Powell and worn by Emily Blunt in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns.
The newest costumes on display are four pieces from 2019’s Dumbo, designed by Colleen Atwood.
“Costuming is an essential element of storytelling, and Heroes & Villains exemplifies the richness of character we hope our films portray,” said Becky Cline, director of the Walt Disney Archives. “It has been thrilling to collaborate with MoPOP’s curators to bring a selection of the stunning pieces we have at the Walt Disney Archives to Seattle.”
Gaston’s costume, worn by Luke Evans in Beauty and the Beast (2017), will also be in the exhibition.
The Museum of Pop Culture will be open from 10am – 6pm every day. To access the exhibition, general museum admission plus a special fee of $6 is required. Museum members will have access to the exhibition included with their memberships.
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