Palm Parlor

Over the weekend the ever lovely Cailey, aka Dole Whip Dame on Instagram, put together a little Disneybound event, where she encouraged her friends to be inspired by the Main Street shops and windows. I chose Fargo’s Palm Parlor, a window that honors Roland (aka Rolly) Fargo Crump, a Disney animator and Imagineer. Rolly Crump worked on such classic films as Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty, then went on to wok on attractions such as the Haunted Mansion, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and it’s a small world, specially, the Tower of the Four Winds, all attractions are depicted on his window designed as tarot cards, take a peek at the window here.

I love these sort of Disneybound ideas, because they really require you to think outside the box. Normally Disneybounding is character based, and involves color-blocking based on the character’s outfit, so it’s can be easy to come up with an ensemble. A building, window, or attraction allows for more freedom of interpretation. For this, I opted for a vintage Gunne Sax that was a pale shade of blue with white trim, like the building itself. I also loved the lace-up detail on the front, especially for this bound, as the location of the Palm Parlor was originally Hollywood Maxwell’s Corset Shop. You can see a picture of it here. I then added a purple scarf to tie in the purple details of the sign and window. Then I chose the bracelet-ring combo to reflect the hand, as well as the shawl, which featured both the color of the hand, and flowers. I was also thrilled that this event gave me an excuse to wear a Gunne Sax dress. These 70s and early 80s gems have been haunting me like mad lately. I simply adore them but I sometimes have a hard time choosing occasions to wear them! I really want to make a point of wearing them this year. Ha! I guess I just came up with a New Year’s resolution, even though I don’t do them!

Outfit
Shawl & Gunne Sax Dress: Found by my dad
Scarf: ???
Choker: Nordstorm Rack
Ring-Bracelet: Elsewhere Vintage, Orange, California
Boots: Marshall’s…like over ten years ago!

Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man

Oh, here we are with another Disney related post! I have apartment shooting slated for this week, however next week is creeping up on me faster than I thought! And we return to Portland next week for Expo/Patrick’s work/a friend’s wedding. So I must get that in order, in addition to dealing with some other more dull matters regarding the move. I also have my Halloween costume to share with you! And I hope to have that post up within the week too! But for now, here’s a mega Disney geek post!

One of my favorite Disney artists is Marc Davis. If you don’t follow Disney animation or Disney Imagineering history, the name Marc Davis may not mean a whole lot. But if you have enjoyed such Disney animated classics as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, or visited Disneyland and laughed at the poor trapped African safari on the Jungle Cruise or enjoyed the happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion, then you have seen Marc Davis’ work. Marc Davis was one of Disney’s “Nine Old Men,” who were the core team of animation for Disney. Many would go on to direct and some would go on to work at Disneyland as Imagineers. Marc Davis laid pen the paper and brought to life many of our beloved animated characters, including Tinker Bell, Maleficent, and Cruella De Vil and later went on to do work for attractions at Disneyland. Recently Disney published a book covering Marc Davis’ work, Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man, and over the weekend Disneyland hosted a signing of the book with several of its contributing authors and Alice Davis, Marc Davis’ wife, who also did work for Disney.

Alice Davis is another favorite Disney legend of mine. We have her to thank for the darling costumes the children of “it’s a small world” are wearing, and the wide array of costumes seen in Pirates of the Caribbean, including the beloved redhead in the auction scene, in fact, many of the scenes throughout Pirates were originally conceived by Marc Davis in concept, and this Alice smoothed out the edges in costume design and construction.

While a short book, it covers Marc Davis’ childhood, self-taught drawing skills that he honed at the zoo, followed by his entry into Disney, working his way to Imagineering. The book showcases a wide range of his work, everything from early portraits to life sketches to animation drawings to concept art for attractions and most surprisingly his stunning abstract art. Alice Davis receives a small section in the back, showcasing some of her early non-Disney costume sketches, as well as those done for “it’s a small world”.

For those who have helped Disneyland become what it is today, by creating memorable moments for families every day, a special honor is receiving a window on Main Street. For those who may be unaware, next time you walk down Main Street take a look up at the windows. Each and every name you see is a real person who had a hand in creating the magic. Both Marc and Alice Davis have windows on Main Street, side-by-side, of course.

It was a true pleasure to meet Alice Davis, as well as many more, including Don Hahn, who was very active in Disney animation during the 80s and 90s, and was involved in the documentary covering that time period, Waking Sleeping Beauty.

Marc Davis: Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man is available at the Disneyland Resort, as well as on Amazon.