Hey everyone! Welcome to Backyard Space Opera and thank you for checking out our first posting in our new articles feature! This first time out we’re going to explore an idea which is, admittedly, a slight deviation from what you may have come to expect from BYSO but we hope it’s something you’ll enjoy. Please feel free to peruse this article as you listen along with our podcast Costume Craziness.
Disney Bounding: Unique Costuming in the Lands of Disney
To start us off, here is a brief introduction to the fashion phenomenon known as DisneyBounding. In a nutshell, a DisneyBound incorporates the use of color-blocking and accessories to emulate the outfits and different “looks” of your favorite Disney (or non-Disney) characters. Fans have also expanded their DisneyBounds to include shows, park attractions, animated shorts, landmarks, and even famous Disney food offerings (Dole Whip, anyone?)! According to the DisneyBound website disneybound.co “DisneyBound is meant to be inspiration for you to pull together your own outfits which work for your body and wallet whether from your closet or local mall.” Born out of the rule that guests over the age of 14 are not able to wear costumes inside Disney parks, DisneyBounding allows fans of all ages to connect, have fun, and express their passion within a supportive and welcoming community.
DisneyBounding is not only limited to guests visiting Disney parks. The beauty of the DisneyBound philosophy is that anyone can create and customize their DisneyBound to any situation from the office to a black-tie affair. It can be a subtle homage to your favorite character or something closer to a cosplay. The possibilities are endless and members of the DisneyBound community are continually unveiling new and increasingly creative ideas. Personally, I have been a participating member of the DisneyBound community for the past couple years. In that time I have seen more wonderful DisneyBounds than I can count. There are so many stunning creations that I would love to share with you but then we’d never get out of here. So, with much difficulty, I have narrowed down the list to bring you my Top 5 Favorite DisneyBounds. Here we go!
5. “Everyday Bounds” or “Casual Closet Bounds”
These DisneyBounds are typically more subtle and are great when a more “costumey” outfit may not necessarily be appropriate. I’ve selected two great examples, pictured below. The first is a bound of the character Hades from Disney’s Hercules by Gerica Marie. Check her out on Instagram at @gericas_world. The shades of grey in the outfit combined with the blue in her hair make this look absolutely perfect! The second look by Natalie Grace Galloway is a simple homage to Prince Eric and Ursula from The Little Mermaid. The straight forward color-blocking with the jeans, white shirt, and red belt on Prince Eric as well as Ursula’s necklace make these character Bounds simple yet unmistakable.
4. “Group Bounds”
Often in the parks you will see a group of friends DisneyBounding together within a certain theme, typically characters from a specific movie or series but I’ve also seen it expanded to theme park attractions among other things. My selection here is also my homage to Leslie Kay, the face behind DisneyBound and the site disneybound.co. In this picture from Spring Dapper Day 2016, Leslie Kay and her group are bounding as various Winnie the Pooh characters. Leslie herself is bounding as Winnie the Pooh in shades of yellow and red. I particularly love the added touch of the red cross-body bag with “Pooh” stitched into it. Other members of her group are dressed as Eeyore, Rabbit, and Christopher Robin to name a few. I absolutely love the subtlety of the grey dress with a pink belt to signify the bow Eeyore wears on his tail.
3. “Dapper Bound”
My selection for number three is a DisneyBound put together by Michael Huffman. You can check out his Instagram at @onexpunchxmickey. Michael put together a DisneyBound of Dr. Stephen Strange from the newly released Marvel film Doctor Strange. Michael put this bound together and wore it to his friend’s wedding. Everything about this DisneyBound, right down to the grey in his temples, astounds me with its brilliance. The style itself is appropriate for a wedding with the blue suit, red scarf, and amulet. However the look is not so showy that it would detract attention from the bride and groom!
2. “Buddy Bounds”
Similar to Group Bounds, Buddy Bounds are great for couples and smaller groups of friends. As you can surmise, people usually DisneyBound as characters who are buddies. The DisneyBound pictured here is by Sarah Sterling and Leo Camacho, two well-known DisneyBounders and cosplayers in the community. You can check them out on @thingamavlogs or on Sarah’s YouTube channel ImSarahSnitch. In this photo from Spring Dapper Day 2015 Sarah and Leo are DisneyBounding as Wreck it Ralph and Venelope from the film Wreck it Ralph. There’s also an element known as “gender-bending” included here which I absolutely love! Leo has adapted the female character for his look and Sarah has adapted the male character for hers. I can’t get enough of the bold color of Leo’s turquoise blazer or the candy pins on his lapel. Photo credit goes to photographer John York who graciously allowed us to use his images. You can find him on Facebook or Instagram at @yorkinabox.
1. “Flapper Alice”
My number 1 DisneyBound look comes to us from cosplayer @lifeofshel. Once again, photo credit to John York of @yorkinabox. Some may argue that this look borders on cosplay but, quite frankly, I don’t care. This 1920’s flapper inspired adaptation of Alice from the film Alice in Wonderland is perfection. I was lucky enough to see this ensemble in person at Spring Dapper Day 2016 and I fell in love with it immediately! From the parasol designed to look like a clock to the blue and white alternating panels that create the look of Alice’s apron, I am in absolute awe of this creation! It’s a beautiful work of art!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our first official Backyard Space Opera article. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! We are looking forward to many more! Please feel free to leave any thoughts or questions in the comments below and, if you haven’t already, please check out our podcast on DisneyBound and cosplay that accompanies this article.