Costumes were a big part of the “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives” at D23 Expo 2013. This year’s exhibit offered three major areas, including one called “Storytelling on the Small Screen” which focused on two hit TV properties.
Most prominently featured in this area of “Treasures” were six costumes plus props from the hit ABC Television drama “Once Upon a Time.” As might be expected, the emphasis was on the ornate and intricate costumes from Enchanted Forest rather than the more mundane outfits representing their Storybrooke lives. The exhibit thus emphasized how important costuming is to evoking the TV show’s fantastical worlds.
“Once Upon a Time” featured costumes for Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming (David), Snow White (in her feathery white wedding dress), The Huntsman, The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts (Cora, Regina’s mother). The outfits, which included a striking mask, certainly showcased the work of the show’s Costume Designer Eduardo Castro.
The props from “Once Upon a Time” included Emma’s baby blanket, Henry’s “Once Upon a Time” book, and of course a Regina-red apple.
A few pieces from “Teen Beach Movie,” the Disney Channel Original Movie, were also on display in the “Storytelling” area of “Treasures.” The simple set-up, with the costumes complemented by towels, surfboards and the expected beach towels, showed off how the TV movie taps into contemporary clothing trends with a retro vibe – a look that reads on the small screen as both fashion forward and a nostalgic celebration of the “beach blanket” craze of the 1960s.
Also included for “Teen Beach Movies” were Dr. Fusion's laser gun and manual, McKenzie's (“Mack’s) flower garland and memory book, a pearl necklace, and a skeleton key.
The “Storytelling on the Small Screen” exhibit nicely complemented the main focus of D23 Expo 2013's “Treasures,” the “Mary Poppins” area – as well as the equally fantastical exhibit area devoted to “Disney’s Adventures in the Land of Oz.”
The emphasis on costumes at was also evident in the portion of “Treasures” used for the U.S. debut of the Harrods and Disney collaboration that resulted in famous designers offering their take on Disney Princess dresses.
As the National Disney Travel Examiner I attended the D23 Expo on a media pass to provide first-hand coverage. Look for more recap coverage to come, including photos and video, now that the event has concluded.