When we think of polka dots, there’s only one fashion icon that comes to mind: Minnie Mouse. And with National Polka Dot Day later this month, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for Minnie Rocks the Dots, an interactive fashion and art installation celebrating Minnie Mouse’s signature style.
The event will take place in Los Angeles, with a red carpet preview event, on National Polka Dot Day (January 22) before opening to the public. The exhibit will take fans on a journey through the history of Minnie’s influence on fashion and pop culture since her debut in 1928.
What we’re looking forward to most though, is the custom dress that fashion designer Christian Siriano is creating for Minnie to wear to the exclusive preview night. Sirano said, “Minnie Mouse and her iconic style have had a huge impact on me and on the fashion industry. I drew inspiration from Minnie Mouse’s ability to light up room and designed a dress for her that is happy, playful, and what I like to call ‘downtown chic.’ I also infused some special touches to celebrate her classic polka dots.”
The exhibit, in collaboration with Refinery29, will also feature iconic photographs, like Twiggy at Disneyland, archive imagery, and sketches from the 1930’s through the present day. Fans can see custom dresses worn by Minnie herself from countries all around the world, as well as fashion pieces from around the world that are inspired by Minnie.
“Minnie Mouse has long served as a fashion muse and appeared in runway shows for designers around the globe,” said Soo Koo, vice president of product development, Disney Consumer Products. “Her classic polka dot look has been continually reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades, and continues to drive trends today.”
If you’re in Los Angeles, you can check out Minnie Rocks the Dots on January 23 at The Paper Agency, 1050 S. Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 from 12-8 p.m. PT. Those who attend will get a sneak peek at upcoming Minnie-inspired collaborations, and be able to purchase brand new, limited edition items in a pop-up shop.
No matter where you are though, you can rock the dots on National Polka Dot Day and show your Minnie-inspired style off using the hashtags #RockTheDots and #MinnieStyle. You can also follow @MinnieStyle on Instagram. Stay tuned to the blog for more from the event!
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