Disneyland Paris’ success is based on the expertise of its 16,000 Cast Members (Disneyland Paris employees), each of whom contribute to the resort’s reputation through their talent and creativity in over 500 roles. Since 1992, over 30,000 costumes have been created at the Disneyland Paris costume and accessory workshops, representing one of the largest costume collections in Europe. In total, over 40 people are employed in our workshops including milliners, pattern makers and dressmakers, to name just a few.
Disneyland Paris is therefore proud to have been asked by the Château de Fontainebleau to create two exclusive pieces for their exhibition titled L’Art de la Fête à la cour des Valois: the ball costumes of Alexander the Great and Thalestris, Queen of the Amazons. These creations, on display in the Château’s ballroom from 10 April to 4 July 2022, showcase the expertise of Disneyland Paris’ costume and accessory design and production workshops.
As part of this exhibition, the Château de Fontainebleau has taken up the challenge of bringing the drawings of Francesco Primaticcio, the Italian master of the Bellifontaine Renaissance, back to life. Designing and making the costumes, with aesthetics and manufacturing techniques from 400 years ago that are very different from those used today, was a rewarding experience for our teams.
Following extensive research, they drew sketches, used 3D modelling, and chose the most suitable fabrics and materials to create the costumes and their accessories. No less than four modified and styled wigs, twenty metres of fabric, thirty metres of gold braid, and embossed and moulded leather were used to recreate the richness and sumptuousness of the costumes that enlivened the festivities of the Valois era.
Around a dozen Cast Members from our workshops, including a costume designer, an illustration designer, make-up designers, a wigmaker, pattern makers, prop makers and a costumer, worked for more than 1,000 hours to create the costumes displayed in the exhibition.
These costumes, created through a skills-based sponsorship to benefit the Château de Fontainebleau, demonstrate Disneyland Paris’ desire to contribute its skills, and work towards the promotion of culture and arts and craftmanship in the Seine et Marne department and throughout France.
L’art de la Fête à la Cour des Valois exhibition will run from 10 April to 4 July 2022 at the Château de Fontainebleau.
Through this exhibition, the Château de Fontainebleau will recreate the lavish festivities held at the Valois court from the reign of Francis I through to the reign of Henry III. Approximately one hundred works from some of the most prestigious international museums, such as the Uffizi Galleries – Palazzo Pitti in Florence and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will provide an insight into these festivities and allow visitors to appreciate the full extent of their splendour.
The exhibition is open daily, except on Tuesdays and 1 May, from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Last access is at 5.15 pm.