Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Magic of Millinery (or hats from Disney movies) - Part three...

Following a recent visit to Walt Disney Studios HQ in Burbank, California, here's a third installment of classic hats being showcased from Disney's millinery archives.

Boss Tweed's fire helmet worn by Jim Broadbent
in Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York fire helmetGangs of New York fire helmet
First up is this impressive fire helmet from 2002's Gangs of New York set in the mid-19th century and worn by Jim Broadbent as 'Boss Tweed'.

Gangs of New York movie poster
Gangs of New York poster
Next up is a Leprechaun crown from 1959's Darby O'Gill and the Little People worn by Jimmy O'Dea as 'King Brian'.

Leprechaun crown from Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Darby O'gill Leprechaun Crown

Darby O'Gill and the Little People movie poster
Darby O'Gill and the Little People poster
The next famous hat was worn by Wallace Shawn as 'Ezra' in 2003's The Haunted Mansion comedy, based on Disney's popular theme park attraction of the same name, starring Eddie Murphy.

Top hat worn by Wallace Shawn in The Haunted Mansion
Haunted Mansion top hat

The Haunted Mansion movie poster
The Haunted Mansion movie poster
The next two ladies hats are worn by Louise Lombard as 'Lady Anne Davenport' in 2004's Hidalgo, which is set in 1890 in Arabia.

Ladies hats worn by Louise Lombard in Hidalgo
Hidalgo ladies hatHidalgo ladies hats

Hidalgo movie poster
Hidalgo movie poster
From the world of TV, this sun hat was worn by Jennifer Garner in one of her many disguises as undercover CIA operative 'Sydney Bristow' in the action and espionage series Alias, which ran for five seasons from 2001 to 2006.

Sun hat worn by Jennifer Garner in Alias
Jennifer Garner's Alias sun hat

Alias TV poster
Alias TV poster
Another famous hat from the land of television is this cowboy hat worn in The Adventures of Spin and Marty from 1955.

Triple-R cowboy hat worn in The Adventures of Spin and Marty
Triple R Cowboy hat

Spin and Marty magazine cover
Disney's Spin and Marty magazine cover
Included in the millinery display were two miniature hats that once featured in Walt Disney's 'Granny's Cabin' diorama, which was an eight foot long miniature replica of a Midwest pioneer farm home reproduced from Disney's 1948 movie So Dear To My Heart, somewhere at the end of 1950.

Miniature hats from Walt Disney's Granny's Cabin
Disney Granny's Cabin miniature hats
The miniature model was apparently originally exhibited at the Festival of California Living at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in L.A. in November and December 1952.

The penultimate hat in this selection was worn by 'Sam the Eagle', an audio-animatronic bald-eagle who was the Master of Ceremony within Disneyland's 'America Sings' theme park attraction in Anaheim, California from 1974 to 1988.

Eagle Sam's hat from Disneyland's America Sings attraction
Disneyland's America Sings Sam the Eagle hat
Sam the Eagle was voiced by American actor, writer and folk music singer Burl Ives.

America Sings record sleeve
1974 America Sings record
Finally, I think you'd agree that no Disney hat collection would be complete without a set of 'Mouse Ears'. This particular pair were worn by Jimmie Dodd as the host and head 'Mouseketeer' of the Mickey Mouse Club from 1955 to 1959.

Jimmie Dodd's Mouse Ears from the Mickey Mouse Club
Jimmie Dodd's Mouse Ears
I hope you've enjoyed this collection of famous headwear, be sure to check out other Disney movie hats, caps, helmets and crowns in Part One and Part Two of the Magic of Millinery.

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