This past weekend Disney held its huge fan event at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, the D23 Expo. I was there on Friday to hunt out the best original costumes, props and movie memorabilia the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives had to offer.
Oz was obviously a key theme as the successful 2013 movie shared the spotlight with some of the amazing costumes and props from Disney's 1985 Return to Oz, which starred Fairuza Balk as 'Dorothy'.
Not only did they have two outfits worn by Julie Andrews on display, but also costumes worn by other characters, plus props featured in the beloved movie musical, like these merry-go-round horses.
Not only was it great publicity for the shows, but it was also a fantastic showcase for the amazing work by Costume Designer, Eduardo Castro. Included in the display were magnificent costumes worn by Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, Snow White, The Huntsman, The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts. They really looked like movie quality costumes, rather than belonging to weekly episodic television.
One final display of note was the Once Upon A Dream dress exhibit at the entrance to the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. I was so excited to see what was inside that I didn't really focus on this gowns, which were re-imagined versions of Disney Princess outfits by world-leading fashion designers, which had been featured in the Christmas windows of London's infamous Harrods store in Knightsbridge.
Stay tuned in the next week for even more detail and delights from the temporary exhibition, and if you like this collection, be sure to also check out last year's Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit that took place at The Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California and featured movie memorabilia from the Tron movies, Iron Man 2, Pirates of the Caribbean and 101/102 Dalmatians.
Remember in the words of Walt himself, "All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"...