Disney Heroes and Villains are Coming to the Henry Ford this Summer

By Kerrigan Stark

A beautiful dress worn by a book-loving princess who fell in love with a man turned into a beast. This brightly colored gown was worn by Belle in Beauty and the Beast released in 2017. Photo courtesy of thf.org.

Disney theme parks are quite a distance from Michigan,  but what if Disney could be brought to Michigan? The Walt Disney Archives and the Henry Ford are doing just that.

From June 25 through the end of the year,  the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will host “Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.” 

These pieces were created by award-winning costume makers Colleen Atwood, Penny Rose, Eduardo Castro, Sandy Powell, Tony Walton, and Ellen Mirojnick. This display will boast over 70 different original items from a plethora of Disney films. 

Each display will be put into one of three sections: 

Disney Heroes
Disney Villains
Spaces Between

As an added bonus, there will be another exhibit titled Cinderella’s Workshop with exclusive access to each iconic blue ball gown. 

Located in Disney Heroes will be Belle’s sunflower-yellow dress straight from the romantic ballroom dance scene in Beauty and the Beast. Prince Edward and Giselle’s medieval-esque attire from being pushed into a well by the evil Queen Narissa will be displayed here. The ever-popular Mary Poppins’ dresses from both the original and the sequel will be seen here as well.

Within the Disney Villains, we can expect to see the infamous witch triplet costumes from the Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus and the greedy Letha Wedge’s dress from Return from Witch Mountain

Showcased in the Spaces Between section will have Once Upon a Time fans (colloquially known as “Oncers”) absolutely awe-struck by the Evil Queen’s sleek black outfits along with tall, dark, and handsome Hook’s famous metal prop and feathered hat.

This dress will leave its viewers thinking, “It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus!” This mystical costume was worn by Bette Midler as her role of Winifred Sanderson in the 1993 movie Hocus Pocus. Photo courtesy of thf.org.

As an extra special addition, Cinderella’s Workshop will feature a handful of costumes of the main character herself from each remake including the 1997’s Cinderella, 2015’s Cinderella, Into the Woods, and Once Upon a Time.

Admission to see all of this and mor

e is free for members and is included with a general admission ticket ($24-$32) to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. 

The Henry Ford Museum is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn and is open seven days a week 9:30am – 5pm. For more information and updates, check out their website at thf.org or follow them on social media @thehenryford.

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