Cotton hoodie with rhinestone-detailed Tinkerbell, from Kitson Couture
We long ago abandoned the sparkly crowns and gowns of our Disney Princess childhoods. But now, it seems, you have to be a princess to afford Disney. Vintage Mickey Mouse t-shirts have been creeping into stores for a couple seasons; now the whimsical animators are re-fashioning themselves to be competitors in the high-end fashion market. Itâ€™s all part of a trend, Reuters reported this month, that finds Disney re-inventing itself as a classic, all-American luxury brand. At two Los Angeles Fashion Week events, Disney previewed its new Alice in Wonderland-inspired clothing, home dÃ©cor and accessories lines, which will be carried this spring by designer shops such as Fred Segal, Drexel Heritage and Zelen.
Vintage Disney tie-dyed Mickey Mouse t-shirt, at Active Endeavors
Other fashion icons are catching onto the trend, too: Dolce and Gabbana offered a $1,400 crystal-studded Mickey Mouse t-shirt and Kidada Jones, daughter of music legend Quincy Jones, will design for Disney a line of jewelery, cashmere throws and pillows. Love Disney-themed clothing but hate the luxury-brand prices? We’ve found a couple tops that are funkier than anything you’d find in the Disney store – but more affordable than anything you’d find at Fred Segal.
Vintage Disney’s Minnie shirt, with sheer cami underneath, find it at Vibe the Boutique