Mar 27, 2014
Saving Mr. Banks: Inspiration from vintage Disney
A young P.L. Travers and her father in AustraliaSource: Walt Disney Studios Canada Credits: Canadian Living
Acclaimed costume designer Daniel Orlandi notes that a particular challenge for the costume department was remaining authentic to the times depicted in Disney's Saving Mr. Banks. "The big challenges were we had two different periods: 1906, her [Travers'] childhood in Australia and then we went right into the 1960s," he said.
Daniel Orlandi's sketch for Walt Disney's suitSource: Walt Disney Studios Canada Credits: Canadian Living
Orlandi also discussed the importance of creating outfits that were signifcant and true to the fashion trends of those periods. "[Hanks] wanted to be Walt Disney, so whatever was right for Walt Disney, that's what he wanted," he said. "It was always a grey suit, which was sort of the custom of the time anyway for a head of a company; a business grey suit is what they wore. It's a serious colour."
Tom Hanks as Walt DisneySource: Walt Disney Studios Canada Credits: Canadian Living
Focusing on fine details: According to Orlandi, the little insignia on [Disney's] tie is the Smoke Tree Ranch symbol. "He had a house in Palm Springs at Smoke Tree Ranch, which is still there and it was Walt's getaway from the city," he said.