An Afternoon at the Met: Walt Disney & Fashion in America Exhibits

Hi friends, welcome back! Jon and I finally made it back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for our Valentine’s date this past weekend. I had been interested in seeing the “Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts” exhibit before it closed March 6th so time was a bit of the essence. The exhibit opened December 10, 2021 so there was a relatively short time to see it. I grew up watching Disney, and Beauty and The Beast holds a special place in Jon and my heart, so we were excited. On Saturday morning we hopped on the subway uptown and had breakfast at Maman Bakery before heading to the Met.

There was a line outside the museum to get in (we went around noon), but it moved quickly and within about twenty minutes we had our tickets and were exploring the museum. This was the first time there was a line to get inside, usually we go later in the day and just walk right to the ticket counter. You can buy tickets online ahead of time, but for NYC residents it’s a pay as you wish, and you have to verify residency at the ticket counter. When we left around 4:30, the line was even longer, the frigidly cold day was very popular for the Met! (The pic below is from a prior visit)

Jon and I made a beeline for the Disney exhibit because our stamina isn’t always the best at museums, and the sign said the wait for the exhibit was half an hour. It was a little tricky to find because the museum is a bit of a maze, but we eventually found the line curving around the Greek and Roman Art room. The line was pretty long, it had about fifty people ahead of us when we got there, but it moved decently quick. At least we could observe the art while waiting in line. The plethora of marble butts kept the kids in line plenty occupied.

Unfortunately photography is prohibited inside the exhibit, others did but I respect the rules, so these few pictures below are screenshots from the Met’s Youtube video. The exhibit features “Sixty works of 18th-century European decorative arts and design—from tapestries and furniture to Boulle clocks and Sèvres porcelain—will be featured alongside 150 production artworks and works on paper from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Walt Disney Archives, Walt Disney Imagineering Collection, and The Walt Disney Family Museum. Selected film footage illustrating the extraordinary technological and artistic developments of the studio during Disney’s lifetime and beyond will also be shown.” If you’re interested in this exhibit, you can watch a virtual tour here.

I thought this exhibit was very cool but it wasn’t quite the relaxing and peaceful experience I was looking for. I felt a bit rushed through because of the line behind us, and I wanted to get away from all the people and crying kids.

After this exhibit I got very hungry so we headed to The Eatery cafeteria for lunch. Sometimes you just need some chicken fingers and fries to give you energy. I will say, this was a large portion for around $13.

Jon and I have been to the Met a few times, so we’ve wandered through most of the rooms. I wanted to see something new I could take pictures of, so I found the “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” exhibit in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. The inspiration for this exhibit was Jesse Jackson’s speech at the 1988 Democratic Convention “America is not like a blanket—one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt—many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.”

Per the website, “Approximately 100 men’s and women’s ensembles by a diverse range of designers from the 1940s to the present are featured. Enclosed in scrimmed cases that represent three-dimensional “patches” of a quilt, they are organized into 12 sections that explore defining emotional qualities: Nostalgia, Belonging, Delight, Joy, Wonder, Affinity, Confidence, Strength, Desire, Assurance, Comfort, and Consciousness.” I’m not a high-fashion person, but I thought this exhibit was fun to see how different designers interpreted different qualities.

My criteria was if I would wear something or not haha. You can see the whole collection here as well as their designers.

Some of the famous and more well-known designers:

Marc Jacobs:

Oscar de la Renta:

Zac Posen:

Michael Kors:

Isaac Mizrahi:

This collection reminds me of the infamous Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake Canadian Tuxedo red carpet look haha.

I would wear this “Cozy” outfit designed by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen all winter long!

I’d love to wear this all winter long too.

How incredible are these dresses, seems like something straight from the red carpet.

This exhibit is open from September 18, 2021 – September 5, 2022 and there will be a part two opening in September 2022. This exhibit was very popular, but we didn’t have to wait in line and could meander through at our own pace. I’d recommend checking it out, it’s a nice break from paintings and sculptures! Now that I’ve visited The Met a few times, it’s time to explore the other famous museums in NYC.



28 thoughts on “An Afternoon at the Met: Walt Disney & Fashion in America Exhibits

  1. Both exhibitions seem very interesting. It’s a shame about the photo prohibition as I would love to see some of the exhibits. I will definitely check out the link you provided to the virtual walk through the display. I am always trying to get away from crying kids, ha ha!

    1. Jon was like you dragged me to the met for a blog post and you can’t even take pics of it 😂 the video is cool, they explain everything nicely and you can watch in peace in a comfy couch in peace and quiet 😊

    1. The fashion exhibit made up for not being able to take pictures. It can be frustrating not taking pictures places, but then it helps you fully take in what you’re seeing and be present so I suppose that’s a good thing 🙂

  2. I can understand Disney’s prohibition of photos, due to copyrights, etc. It is sad, but not unexpected. Ohhh, the places we drag our significant others in search of a blog post. We never managed to find time to visit the Met on any of our trips to NYC. Guess we have to come back. Thanks for sharing Lyssy. Allan

    1. Ah yes they are the king of copyrights, I’m surprised there wasn’t a note on the exhibitions webpage. So funny you say drag, that’s exactly what Jon said I did once I confessed to just wanting to come to the museum for mostly my blog haha. But then he brought me to a coworkers get together after the Met so all’s fair haha. I think you’ll have to come back for a museum and foodie trip 🙂

  3. Thanks for the Met tour 🙂
    As a European girl (living in Canada) I love museums! I’ve heard so much about the Met and wish I can go someday 😉

    1. Haha I feel you, I was wondering how I will manage the Louvre if the Met is so much smaller in comparison…

  4. I have to admit, I don’t think I’d wear most of those outfits. Then again, I’m not all that into fashion. It’s interesting to see the various styles though. The Disney exhibit sounds interesting too. I laughed probably harder than I should have at your statement about “the plethora of marble butts” 😂

    1. I’m not very into fashion either, it would probably be fun to try some on though! Jon was wondering what kind of workouts they Romans did to achieve such muscular physiques hahah

  5. I have always heard great things about The Met, and now this is definitely on the list of places to see when we visit New York City someday! It is neat that they do different themes too in addition to the regular art work.

    1. You’ll love The Met, the new galleries are exciting! Hope you can get to NYC soon 🙂

  6. Could I see you in that naivete red and white ruffled number??????? Sorry Zac, that women looks like she would set off the airport security (what is that weapon she is concealing?) And Michael………no one looks good in that color, ever, ever. And finally that last red plaid dress could have been worn at the Victorian Festival when you were in third grade. Very Gone With the Wind look But clearly, I am not an art critic. The best event we went to featuring clothes was the STAR WARS original costumes. Yes, they even had Leah’s bronze bra.

    1. The red and white ruffled number seems the complete opposite of my wardrobe hahaha. I love you analysis of the dresses, the red plaid does look like she would live in the biggest house in mill race 🙂 That sounds like a neat event!

  7. Never been to The Met, but it must be a big facility if an exhibit (typically?) stays in place for an entire year. Also, I wonder if the dresses were ever worn by real models on the runway? Finally, “breakfast” looked very much on-the-go that day. I prefer a full breakfast but I’ll give you a pass because the cookie/coffees look delicious!

    1. I believe The Met is the biggest museum in the US and fourth largest in the world. It would be cool if they had a runway show before all the dresses went into the museum! Haha we are not big breakfast people, I usually just have some cereal, but I am more of a grazer when it comes to eating unless we go out.

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