Heroes & Villains:
The Art of the Disney Costume

Presented by the Walt Disney Archives

Exhibit at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • June 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location: The Gallery by General Motors

Free for members or with museum admission.

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“Most people are not aware that it’s about designing a total person, not just clothing. I’m designing a character from head to foot."
—Three-time Academy Award® nominee Judianna Makovsky


Across nearly every medium Disney has touched, since the earliest days of animation, through innovations in live-action filmmaking, pioneering efforts in television, location-based entertainment and retail, and even gaming—one creative aspect of Disney has been seldom-recognized, but ever-present: that of costume design.

This exhibition explores nearly six decades of films produced by The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, and Disney Theatrical Group, in an effort share with guests the level of craftsmanship and artistry required to produce every costume presented across stage and screen. Incorporating 79 costumes from 32 films and representing 24 different designers worn by 71 different actors, Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume will prove to be truly unique and magical experience for guests of all ages.

Using more than 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, sorcerers’ capes, military uniforms, tiaras, and of course glass slippers, the exhibition explores the vision, process, and craft used to create the costumes worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment. Heroes & Villains features costumes from some of Disney’s kindest heroes and toughest villains, as well as insights from designers, photographs, interactives, and a special film.


Exhibition Costume Highlights

  • 101 Dalmatians (2000) - Cruella de Vill
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) - Red and White Queen
  • Beauty and the Beast (2017) - Belle ball gown, Gaston and Beast
  • Cinderella (2015) - Cinderella ball gown
  • Hocus Pocus (1993) - Sanderson Sisters dresses and vacuum
  • Mary Poppins (1964) - Traveling dress
  • Once Upon A Time (2017) - Evil Queen and Hook
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (2003) - Jack Sparrow and Barbossa

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Cinderella (2015)

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  

Fairy Godmother Cinderella (2015)

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  

Gaston Beauty and the Beast (2017)

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  

Belle Beauty and the Beast (2017)

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  

Queen Narissa Enchanted (2007)

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  

Letha Return from Witch Mountain (1978)

(Walt Disney Productions), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  

Winifred Sanderson Hocus Pocus (1993)

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  

Mrs. Who, A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  

Time Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures), Walt Disney Archives, ©Disney  


Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume is curated by the Walt Disney Archives.


Ticket Prices

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

    Member Non­member
Senior (62+) Free $24.25
General Admission (12-61) Free $27.00
Youth (5-11) Free $20.25
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.