As soon as I heard that the Walt Disney Museum had a Mary Blair exhibit, I knew I had to make a return visit. And as luck would have it, I was invited to attend the Tiki-themed Animate Your Night event co-presented by Tiki Oasis. I went to last year‘s event and it was a blast, so I knew I was in for a good night.
40s playsuit, mother of pearl bangle: ebay
40s straw tilt: from Thunderhorse Vintage in Sacramento (RIP)
50s confetti shell clamper bracelet: Sacramento Antique Fair
60s raffia purse: Midway Antique Mall in Sacramento
crazy raffia wedges: Poetic License
This time I decided to wear my 1940s 2 piece playsuit from ebay. This is one of those scores where I didn’t even realize how lucky I was to nab it at the time. It’s becoming so freaking rare to find matching pieces like this. And for the steal I got it for? Out of the question these days!
After snapping these outfit shots, my friend and I swiftly made our way to the Mary Blair exhibit. It was organized in chronological order, in a colorful fashion. Again, I was delighted by the exhibit design, especially the Mary Blair window display section.
And did you know that Mary Blair scarves from the 1950s exist? Of course now I need one in my life.
Of course a lot of her concept art for Disney movies was presented like the one above for Peter Pan, as well as Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland.
And her precious illustrations from children’s books.
If you can’t make it to the museum, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of this beautiful book that contains all the art that was displayed and, like the exhibit, does a great job showing the arc of Blair’s career.
The location of the museum is a gem. In the Presidio, with a great view of the Golden Gate, and these night time events always include a spectacular sunset.
In addition to the Mary Blair, they have yet another fantastic temporary exhibit currently displayed on Marc Davis.
So definitely between this exhibit and the Mary Blair, this is the best time to go to the Walt Disney Family Museum. The Mary Blair exhibit runs until September 7, 2014, and the Marc Davis lasts a bit longer with an end date of November 3, 2014.
Last year at the Tiki night I was too shy to ask to take photos of some of the attendees who were sporting awesome vintage, and this year I wasn’t going to let that happen again.
Occupation: Owner of Skirt Chaser Vintage (and always my favorite vendor at the SF Vintage Expo and Alameda Fashion Fair!)
Favorite Disney movie: Dumbo
Favorite Disney ride: Pirates of the Caribbean
Outfit: All vintage: Hawaiian dress of unknown origin, 50s raffia sandals, bamboo tiki bracelet, shell embellished purse, and shell earrings filled with little shells!
Name: Rich and Humu-Humu
Occupation: Programmer and stay at home mom
Favorite Disney movie: Make Mine Music and 3 Caballeros
Favorite Disney ride: Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain
Outfit: Vintage 60s matching Hawaiian set from ebay
Occupation: Outdoor Educator
Favorite Disney movie: Beauty & the Beast
Favorite Disney ride: Indiana Jones
Outfit: Vintage 60s dress via Etsy
Occupation: IT Professional
Favorite Disney movie: Jungle Book
Favorite Disney ride: Pirates of the Caribbean (pre-Johnny Depp)
Outfit: Beta Brand jacket (which reminded me of Will Smith in Fresh Prince of Bel Air!) and Hawaiian shirt from Target
Name: Dixie Delish
Favorite Disney movie: Sleeping Beauty
Favorite Disney ride: Indiana Jones
Outfit: Vintage 60s dress thrifted from Goodwill
My visit to the museum definitely got me wanting to go to Disneyland! What’s your favorite ride at the park? What’s your favorite Disney movie?