Mini couture outfits by iconic designers keep these comic icons in style
For 33 years, Snoopy and Belle have modeled some of the top designs in the world and are still providing an enthralling look at the changing fashion landscape.
The “Snoopy & Belle in Fashion” exhibit, which debuted at the Louvre in 1984, brings its most recent U.S. tour to a close this week, ending a month-long run at Brookfield Place in NYC.
The high-fashion collection features Snoopy and his sister Belle in vinyl dolls decked out in custom couture by the world’s most iconic designers. The dolls are accompanied by the original plush versions.
One of the treats in visiting the display is seeing both the original and updated versions side by side. It really helped demonstrate how fashion has evolved through time, while staying true to each designer’s style.
Those styles stood out from doll to doll — such as Betsy Johnson’s punk-style Belle with pink hair and rocker Belle with red hair, or Belle wearing Diane Von Furstenberg’s signature wrap dress, and Snoopy and Belle wearing Missoni sweaters.
The exhibit originally sported outfits from approximately 48 designers, including icons like Karl Lagerfeld and Gianni Versace. It has grown over the years, including contemporary additions such as ensembles created especially for Oscar del la Renta, Monse and Hamilton Tony Award winner Paul Tazewell (with mini versions of his Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler Hamilton costumes.)
In 2014, Snoopy & Belle celebrated their 30th anniversary, adding Issaac Mizrahi and Rodarte into the mix, while Diane von Furstenberg and Betsey Johnson each added a second set of their costume designs to go along with their original contributions.
The “Snoopy & Belle in Fashion” showcase features one-of-a-kind designs from: Anna Sui, Ashley Biden x Livelihood, Barbara Tfank, Betsey Johnson, Bibhu Mohapatra, Calvin Klein Collection, Children of our Town, Christian Siriano, Colleen Atwood, Costello Tagliapietra, Cristiano Burani, Diane Von Furstenberg, DKNY by Donna Karan, Dries Van Noten, DSquared2, Edwin Oudshoorn, Emanuel Ungaro, Hanna Anderson, Isaac Mizrahi, Isabel Marant, J. Mendel, Jenna Dewan Tatum x Danskin, Kaviar Gauche, Kenneth Cole, Le Mont St Michel, Le Snob, Levi’s, Lisa Perry, MAC Cosmetics, Macario Jimenez, Marta Larsson, Ocean Pacific, Opening Ceremony, Philip Treacy, Rachel Zoe, Rodarte, Royal Asscher x Pluma, Stetson, Swarovski, tokidoki, Tracy Reese, Trussardi, Venera Arapu, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, William Rast, and Zac Posen.
The exhibit kicked off its U.S. tour back in February at Los Angeles’ Beverly Center, and opened in Manhattan with a cocktail reception at the start of New York Fashion Week. It remains on view to the public until October 1, when the tour heads overseas.
Snoopy and Belle are both creations of Charles M. Schulz, whose comic strip Peanuts began appearing in dailies in 1950, and has become a cultural phenomenon, continuing in syndication and inspiring movies and television programming even after its conclusion in 2000.