Iconic Disney Artifacts Coming to North Texas

"All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives"
Event image/Arlington Museum of Art

Hundreds of Disney’s most iconic artifacts are coming to North Texas later this year.

Mark your calendars for September 14, as the Arlington Museum of Art kicks off a truly exclusive event.

For the first time ever, “Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume” and “All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives” will be showcased simultaneously, offering a unique opportunity to explore over 300 Disney pieces spanning more than six decades.

“By bringing these two exhibitions together for the first time, the Arlington Museum of Art surrounds visitors in the transformative power of wardrobe while celebrating the artists whose creativity and talent is conveyed in every design, every stitch, and every jewel,” said Chris Hightower, president and CEO of the Arlington Museum of Art, per a news release.

This is not the first time the museum has hosted items from the legendary company that birthed Mickey Mouse. In 2022, The Dallas Express reported on the show “Disney Art from Private Collections,” an exhibit displaying 250 original animation sketches, character studies, and concept drawings from legendary Disney artists and figures.

Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume

Heroes & Villains celebrates some of Hollywood’s best designers. Expect original items from some of your favorite Disney flicks, including “ball gowns, sorcerers’ capes, a pirate’s jacket, and iconic glass slippers,” according to the event description. You can even glimpse costumes created by Academy Award and Emmy winners.

All That Glitters: The Crown Jewels of the Walt Disney Archives

The second exhibit focuses on jewelry and accessories found throughout many Disney films. Visitors will be dazzled by displays of watches, rings, crowns, tiaras, and necklaces.

“Whether on television, in a movie theatre, or at a Broadway show, when we meet a Disney character for the first time, we instantly begin to understand them. That is how extraordinarily important costume design is to conveying persona… and how Disney truly sets the standard of excellence,” said Hightower.

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