Barneys New York Recreates Minnie Mouse in Electric Holiday

We all know the childlike magic in Walt Disney, but it’s taken on new life since the fashion industry’s gotten a hold of it as of late. Following the Harrods Disney Princess display Barneys New York has gotten in on the fun with an upcoming 3D electric light show starring Minnie Mouse and friends! (We don’t know what we did to deserve all this, but who’s asking questions?) The project is entitled “Electric Holiday” and will feature a moving art short film of Minnie’s adventure to the runway during Paris Fashion Week. Sounds fun, right? The display will be unveiled at Barneys’ Madison Avenue store in New York City tomorrow, November 14th.


As excited as we are, not everyone was thrilled about Barneys’ interpretation of Minnie Mouse. In August the high-end retailer released what they called “concept art” of the playful mouse wearing Alber Elbaz for Lanvin and appearing particularly skinny. Disney fans took to the web sounding off on the negative message being portrayed. Responding to the backlash, Barney’s New York released a statement on their website stating that only a brief period of the film will feature this slim and trim Minnie Mouse, while the rest will portray her as her classic self. They also added, “While it is unfortunate the sketches that were intended to be concept art have been taken out of context, Barneys New York is fully committed to the magical spirit of “Electric Holiday.” We stand by the statement released by Disney and Barneys New York and we are confident our lighthearted holiday project along with the video’s positive message will be embraced by not only the fashion world, but Disney fans alike.”

Minnie Mouse in Lanvin cartoon and sketch

We certainly understand why the images may be ruffling a few feathers, but there doesn’t seem to be ill intentions behind the recreation. Sure high-fashion Minnie is skinnier but the animation has more of an artistic focus than a physical one. We’re just happy to see the characters we know and love still entertaining and attracting all this interest! Also hitting the runway with Minnie will be Daisy Duck in Dolce and Gabbana and Goofy in Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, as well as Mickey in Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Cruella de Vil in Rick Owens, Princess Tiana in Proenza Schouler, and Snow White by Peter Copping for Nina Ricci.

Goofy in Olivier Rousteing for Balmain cartoon and sketch

Daisy Duck in Dolce and Gabbana cartoon and sketch

Even a few fashion vets will be making their animation debut in Electric Holiday, including Lady GagaNaomi Campbell, and Anne Dello Russo. 


For those of you in the New York City area it will definitely be an exciting sight to see.


Let us know what you think! Did Barneys New York go too far or do you like the new Minnie Mouse?

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