Tiki Night with Mary Blair

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.




Name: Christina
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


Name: Vanessa
Occupation: Outdoor Educator
Favorite Disney movie: Beauty & the Beast
Favorite Disney ride: Indiana Jones
Outfit: Vintage 60s dress via Etsy


Name: Marcus
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
Occupation: Entertainer
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?



  1. Dulcie

    LOVE this playsuit! How amazing!! The exhibition looks great too.

  2. intheruinsofBerlin

    the illustrations are as beautiful as you in that playsuit… and thank you for sharing those interesting people&outfits! xxx

  3. Elisa

    Looks like such a great night! Love the playsuit and everything you chose to go with it!

  4. Emileigh

    This playsuit IS amazing!!! And I didn’t know who Mary Blair was, but it looks like I’m going to have to read up on her!

  5. Jessica Cangiano

    Seriously fabulous outfit! I love the super fun vibe that runs through each piece and am smitten, flat ou smitten, with your fruit pattern woven 60s bag. There’s just something about fruit (and really, food in general) print and themed vintage item that has made me go weak in the knees ever since I was little. You look wonderful, dear Mary – thanks for taking us along on this great Tiki filled outing!

    ♥ Jessica

  6. Lorna

    Ooh this pink-y outfit is the best !!

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  8. Theresa

    Whoa! That 40s playsuit is TDF. And the Poetic License shoes look fab with it! You accessorized it perfectly. As for Mary Blair, simply amazing artwork. Would love to get my hands on one of her scarves. I actually have 50s magazine with a fashion spread that says the clothes were designed by Mary Blair for Cabana and I always wondered if she designed textiles for clothing as well. But couldn’t really find any information on it. Great post 🙂

  9. Mary Van Note

    Oh man, Theresa. I would love to see that fashion spread!

  10. Ellie Maclulich

    Such a wonderful blog lady. Love your style – you look beautiful!! Keep it up xx

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