D23 has officially announced the theme of this Expo’s Walt Disney Archives display! The 2019 D23 Expo will feature an all-new exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.” Expo attendees will get to see costumes from “the classic Mary Poppins to this year’s live-action retelling of Aladdin.” The exhibit will feature costumes by some of Hollywood’s top designers like including Academy Award-winners Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell, and Tony Walton. Emmy winner Ellen Mirojnick and Emmy nominees Eduardo Castro and Penny Rose’s work will also be featured.
The exhibit will feature more than 70 costumes detailing 55-years of Disney’s movie and television history. Guests attending the D23 Expo will be able to view the 12,000 square-foot exhibit on the main show floor. Guests will tour the main gallery, which will be broken up into three main sections, all three days of the Expo.
The “Disney Heroes” section will feature “Belle’s village dress and ballgown from 2017’s Beauty and the Beast; creations worn by the Genie, Aladdin, and Jasmine in this year’s live-action Aladdin; and—for the first time ever displayed together—three iconic Mary Poppins “traveling dresses” worn in three Poppins productions: the 1964 original film, 2019’s Mary Poppins Returns, and the Broadway musical.”
The “Disney Villains” section will “include the trio of wonderfully wicked witches from 1993’s Hocus Pocus, the duo of dresses worn by the stepsisters in 2015’s Cinderella, and the dress worn by the incomparable Bette Davis in 1978’s Return from Witch Mountain.”
The “Spaces Between” section will represent the antiheroes who are complex characters that have fascinating journeys. This section will feature Maleficent’s gown from the 2014 film, as well as the Evil Queen and Hook’s costumes from Once Upon a Time.
Guests will enter the exhibit through “Cinderella’s Workshop,” which will feature dresses from her numerous versions of Disney’s Cinderella. Guests will be able to enjoy the 1997’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella; the Scarlett Johansson gown from for Annie Leibovitz’s 2007 Disney Dream Portrait series; 2014’s Into the Woods dress; the 2015 live-action reimagining of the animated masterpiece Cinderella; and the ABC hit series Once Upon a Time. “
“Many of the costumes on exhibit will be featured in The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between, a dazzling new book out this September from Disney Editions. The book will also be available in advance exclusively at D23 Expo.”