A young P.L. Travers and her father in Australia
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 suit
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 Disney
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.