Despite his small size, the impact left by Disney icon Mickey Mouse is immense.
disney mickey debuted as the world’s first sound cartoon, heralding a new era of children’s entertainment. For nearly a century, Mickey Mouse has delighted children and adults alike with stories of joy, friendship and love – a legacy that is now being explored at Pop-Up Disney! A celebration of Mickey.
The exhibit, which originated in Disneyland, California, is the first of its kind in Asia. Held at the Suntec Convention Center, the experience is divided into seven Instagram-worthy themed rooms inspired by the world’s favorite cartoon character, plus Mickey’s friends.
Inside the “It all started with a mouse” room, you’ll find a black and white backdrop of classic Mickey Mouse comics that will make your selfies and #OOTD pop. The exclusive “Mickey Loves Singapore: Dreamland Carnival” room will transport you to childhood; it features elements of local culture, like the dragon’s playground of yesteryear, refreshed with a dose of Mickey and Friends.
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What makes this exhibition unique to Singapore? The exclusive Singapore-themed room designed by local artist WhenIWasFour and an experiential retail store, Mickey Mart, stocked with Disney merchandise. This is the largest collection of exclusive Mickey merchandise – beyond collectibles like figurines and mugs, you’ll also find clothing and accessories to complete your outfit (Mickey Ears headbands, anyone ?).
For Disney fans in Singapore, the pop-up is an experience not to be missed.
To celebrate his arrival, we take a look at how Mickey Mouse shaped not just our childhoods, but the fashion scene as well.
From streetwear giants like Supreme to luxury brands like Gucci, fashion brands have shown a soft spot for the cartoon character, placing him at the center of their designs. Below, see how Mickey Mouse has paraded over the years.
In 2009, the American streetwear label launched a capsule collection of t-shirts and hoodies printed with the cartoon character. These limited edition models are always in high demand.
Marc Jacobs honored the Disney icon for his Spring/Summer 2013 collection, which paid homage to Andy Warhol’s famed New York studio, The Factory. You may recall that Warhol made one of his famous screen-printed paintings inspired by the mouse. Jacobs’ take was much more chic: he sent a model down the catwalk in a cropped sweater with a monochrome Mickey Mouse. Miley Cyrus will attend the designer’s fashion show next season wearing a red version of the piece.
We’d complete her outfit with Legato Largo’s Mini Boston 2-Way Bag from her 2021 Mickey Collection. Available exclusively at the Mickey Mart retail store, the accessory is crafted from smooth faux leather and embossed with a Mickey Mouse graphic. The best part? The bag can be carried in two different ways, which makes it both fun and practical.
Under the leadership of Alessandro Michele, Gucci launched several collaborations with Disney. His most unforgettable, however, was unveiled at the Italian fashion brand’s Spring/Summer 2019 show, where models carried 3D-printed Mickey Mouse bags to mark the character’s 90th birthday.
In 2018, Opening Ceremony celebrated Mickey’s 90th birthday with a special parade at Disneyland in California. The collection offered playful designs for men and women that incorporated the character’s recognizable features, such as a dress with shoulder pads shaped like Mickey’s ears.
You’ll be even more mesmerized by the way these iconic ears are displayed in the “Forever Mickey” room, which is lined with mirrors and rows of sparkling Mickey ear hats in vibrant hues. The seemingly endless spectacle will leave you in awe (and maybe inspire a few neon-lit selfies, too).
Even the fashion avant-garde isn’t immune to Mickey’s allure. For her Spring/Summer 2021 show at Paris Fashion Week, CDG designer Rei Kawakubo showcased couture-level designs splashed with monochrome mouse prints, as well as hot pink designs featuring her companion, Minnie Mouse. .
Similarly, Minnie Mouse is the star of the “Mickey and Minnie’s Love” bedroom, which is covered in her style signatures like polka dots and bows. In fact, its romantic decor even comes with a giant Bow sofa, providing plenty of photo opportunities for you and your partner.
Want to add Mickey Mouse fashion to your wardrobe? Here are some of our personal Mickey Mart favorites at Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Party:
Be sure to explore the rest of Pop-Up Disney! A celebration of Mickey and rediscover your inner child in each immersive themed room and don’t forget to visit Mickey Mart, featuring an assortment of Disney merchandise made exclusively for Singapore. This unique experience runs until March 20, 2022. Find out more here.
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