It’s hard to imagine today, when most people you see at Disneyland are in their running shoes, moisture-wicking workout clothes, yoga tops, or something sleeveless or strapless. But once upon a time, circa the 1950s and 1960s, women at Disneyland almost ALWAYS dressed in stylish, colorful dresses, and men in full-on suits, with no denim to be found. After all, going to Disneyland was an EVENT. And you ALWAYS dress up for an event. Just six years ago, one organization made it their goal to bring that tradition back to prominence…Dapper Day!
In February 2011, Los Angeles-based fashion designer Justin Jorgenson, better known by his industry handle Justin J, held the first ever DAPPER DAY expo. The stated mission of Dapper Day is “to celebrate refined style from yesterday and today”. Basically, the idea behind Dapper Day is…anything worth doing is worth looking good while you do it! And why not apply that logic to The Happiest Place on Earth?
Dapper Day now has annual events at Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, and Disneyland Paris, all of the wholly owned Disney Parks properties and thanks to viral exposure on social media, The Disneyland Resort version of Dapper Day has gone from just 100 attendees in 2011, to an estimated 25,000 in 2017!
This year, that crowd is expected to be bigger than ever and Philly and I are going! Tonight, we’re talking all things Dapper Day!
Joining us via Skype is Josh Taylor, one 4th of the cast of Network 1901 and one half of Modern Mouse Boutique. Josh, and his wife Angie will have a booth at the Dapper Day Expo this year and are rolling out a new Spring Line at the event.
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