I must start by making two startling confessions: first, despite being an avid fan of ‘Project Runway,’ I never really understood equating fun with fashion; second, up until last night, I don’t believe I have ever stepped foot inside a Target store (only because where I live makes it particularly difficult). Both of these errors of my ways were corrected last night, however, as I managed to find my way to the clothing departments of a Target just a couple of hours away.
What brought me to Target were images and buzz going around the Disney fan world of a new collection from Target titled the ‘Disney Artist Collection.’ The recipient of much of the attention was Oswald — and rightfully so — as well as a tee inspired by the very first Silly Symphonies short, The Skeleton Dance. But Oswald, as I soon learned, was just the tip of the iceberg of this unique collection which is bound to surprise and delight Disney fans of all ages.
Although the women’s collection was missing completely at the particular location I visited, I was able to see some of the men’s, boys’, girls’ and toddler collections and going through the racks, it was Christmas morning as each design I discovered intrigued me more and more.
It wasn’t so much Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (and there is plenty of Oswald, no doubt the star of the collection), nor the obligatory Mickey and Minnie Mouse (whom I’m always happy to see), but the host of ancillary characters who are rarely — if ever — featured on merchandise. Spotted gracing the collection, for example, were Cleo and Figaro from Pinocchio, Pluto’s nemesis Butch, the Big Bad Wolf and Three Little Pigs and even a dwarf who is neither Dopey nor Grumpy, but rather Sleepy.
The artwork is fun and creative, often spanning both sides of the top, and is often enhanced for its target audience, such as distressing marks for boys & men, while often modest amounts of glitter for girls.
The one negative sentiment I must share, however, and this seems to be shared with others who have spotted the collection early in local stores is that the color palettes and sizing appears to be very limited. Additionally, while there are a few items available online (mostly women’s), there’s a substantial amount of the collection missing from Target.com as of this time.
Below is our gallery of photos of most of the items available for boys, girls, toddlers and men in the ‘Disney Artist Collection for Target’