One woman's childhood dream becomes reality when she uses her dressmaking skills to earn a top position in Disney's costume department, helping "make the magic happen," one costume at a time.
Disney World is a rich tapestry of whimsy and fantasy. Its borders surround Chinese pagodas, dead presidents, mountains, lagoons and summertime snow. Donald Duck leaps from the screen and strolls the streets in a sailor suit. Princesses smile in sweeping hoop skirts and sign autographs for stunned 6 year olds. And a certain celebrity mouse wears white gloves while presiding over an electrical kingdom in a nightly parade.
But without superb costumes, the tapestry unravels. Disney’s Costuming Department is an artistic giant where designers painstakingly plan costumes, seamstresses hand-craft the samples and buyers coordinate and update thousands of costumes—furry, lacy, gothic and otherwise—to cement the magic.
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