‘Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume’ is now on display at The Henry Ford

Dearborn, Mich. — The Art of the Disney Costume titled “Heroes & Villains” is featured at the Henry Ford Museum for a limited special exhibit running now through January 1, 2023.  There are a total of 79 costumes from 32 different films.

The exhibit features six decades of films produced by the Walt Disney Studios, television and theatrical groups.  Costume design is very important to every story that Disney has made.  It is a memorable and significant element in building the character and telling the story the way it should be told.  From artists, performers, composers, designers and Imagineers, these designs have brought to life pleasure to millions of people. 

Costume designers discuss color, texture with the director.  Then, they draw a sketch of the costume.  Vintage shops and department stores are visited to breathe life into the costume for their vision.  The level of craftsmanship and artistry that goes into each costume is magical.

Whether it’s a Princess or Villain, the costumes display imagination, passion and attention to detail.  As a hero, it is associated with light, bright colors or whimsical patterns.  However, the Villain is fitted with dark and muted colors with undefined shapes.

At the entrance to the Gallery, is a dress from Mirana, The White Queen of Alice in Wonderland which was worn by Anne Hathaway.  It is made out of layers of silk fabric that has screened silver snowflake patterns on top of each other.  There is also a red dress from Iracebeth, the Red Queen in Alice Through the Looking Glass. It was made to look old and broken as if she was dragging it around the forests. Also there is Little Red Riding Hood and also the Wolf which was worn by Johnny Depp.

There are many costumes from some of your favorite Disney stories.  There is Prince Edward from Enchanted (2007), Cruella de Vil from 102 Dalmations (2000), Belle from the Beauty and the Beast (2017) and many more.  This exhibit will surely delight you as you walk around the Gallery inside the museum.

Free admission for members or with museum admission. For tickets and more info, go to https://www.thehenryford.org/current-events/calendar/heroes-and-villains-the-art-of-the-disney-costume-presented-by-the-walt-disney-archives/.

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