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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Presenting Sponsor:
Key Bank

“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 (1996) - Cruella de Vil
  • 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

Featured Programs and Guests

Daily June 25- January 1
Experiment with History

Learn how filmmakers and costume designers past and present use science, math and culture in their craft and character development.
Fridays only,
July 1-Sept. 23, Nov. 11-25
1:00-4:00 p.m.
Clothing Studio Demonstrations

The Henry Ford’s Period Clothing Studio creates hundreds of garments each year for everyday use in Greenfield Village and for Hallowe’en and Holiday Nights. On Friday afternoons this summer, watch as our talented seamstresses demonstrate their craftsmanship on storybook costumes and historic garments. Located near Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume.
Select Days July-November
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join us once a month for our Crafternoons series. Every month we will explore a different type of fiber art or design. Watch demonstrations, meet artists, and try it out for yourself!
  • Saturday, July 16- Embroidery
  • Saturday, August 20 - Weaving
  • Sunday, September 18 - Design
  • Sunday, October 23 - Theme to be announced
  • Saturday, November 19 - Knitting
July 21
1:45-4:00 p.m.
Alzheimer’s Association Community Connect Program
Partners: Alzheimer’s Association, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The Alzheimer's Association Community Connect program is designed to provide people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and their care partners with a broad range of socialization and culturally significant events and programs. In July, a special collaboration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will bring together the music and costumes of Disney films. To register, please call the Alzheimer's Association Helpline at 800-272-3900.
August 14 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Opera MODO Presents: Disney Favorites

Watch as performers from Opera MODO bring Disney characters alive with performances of classic Disney songs. Featuring a variety of pieces from Hocus Pocus to Mary Poppins and more!

August 20 
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Sensory-Friendly Saturday

Sensory-Friendly Saturday is an event designed for guests on the autism spectrum and with other sensory processing disorders. For this event, a variety of accommodations, activities and more have been put into place to create an inclusive, welcoming and safe space for our guests. This experience includes early entry with house lights up in the gallery, a quiet zone, noise-canceling headphones and a social narrative to prepare guests for their visit. Register here

August 27 and 28 
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Star Wars Costuming

Inspired by the Star Wars franchise, local enthusiast groups will show off their handmade costumes, work on new designs, and develop their characters.

Disney Films at Giant Screen Experience

Disney Throwback films play at 7 p.m. on select dates July-November. A sensory-friendly version of select films will play select days, learn more.

July 8, 2022

 Pirates of The Caribbean (2003) 

August 13, 2022

September 9, 2022

 Enchanted (2007)

October 7, 2022

 National Treasure (2004)

October 28-29, 2022

 Hocus Pocus (1993)

November 11, 2022

 Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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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 $28.75
General Admission (12-61) Free $32.00
Youth (5-11) Free $24.00
Children (4 & Under) Free Free

* Ticket prices are subject to change.