Preview: Walt Disney Archives’ Heroes & Villains Costume Exhibit to be Unveiled at This Year’s D23 Expo

This year’s D23 Expo will host an all-new Walt Disney Archives exhibit called “Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.”


The exhibit will showcase more than 70 costumes spanning 55 years of Disney movies and television shows from Mary Poppins to this year’s Aladdin.

As guests enter the exhibit they will be greeted by the “Cinderella’s Workshop” gallery that features Cinderella’s costumes from her many incarnations including:

Cinderella Costume from 2015 Live-Action Version of Film ©Disney

The main gallery will be broken into three sections: “Disney Heroes,” “Disney Villains,” and “Spaces Between,” reserved for the antiheroes whose journeys make them among Disney’s most complex characters.

Costumes included in the “Disney Heroes” section are:

  • 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
  • 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.
Wedding Dress Costume from “Enchanted” ©Disney

Costumes included in the “Disney Villains” section are:

  • The trio of wonderfully wicked witches from 1993’s Hocus Pocus
  • The duo of dresses worn by the stepsisters in 2015’s Cinderella
  • The dress worn by Bette Davis in 1978’s Return from Witch Mountain

Costumes included in the “Spaces Between” section are:

Cinderella Costume from 2014 Live-Action Version of Film ©Disney

The exhibit includes costumes from some of Hollywood’s preeminent designers, past and present, including Academy Award® -winners Colleen Atwood, Sandy Powell, and Tony Walton, as well as Emmy®-winner Ellen Mirojnick and Emmy nominees Eduardo Castro and Penny Rose.

Many of the costumes on exhibit will be featured in The Art of  Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between, a new book out this September from Disney Editions. The book will also be available in advance exclusively at D23 Expo.

Single-day tickets for Friday and Sunday of D23 Expo 2019 are available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo visit

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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