For the first time in her nearly century-long life, Minnie Mouse will add a pantsuit to her wardrobe. And it won’t be just any old pair of tailored slacks, but an iconic silhouette from British fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Though a sneak peek of Minnie’s new sartorial statement hit the internet early, her full makeover will be unveiled in March to commemorate two different dates: International Women’s Day and the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. A press statement about the project said McCartney was chosen to create the look because of “her legacy of female leadership,” as well as her commitment to sustainability.
“Minnie has always had a special place in my heart,” McCartney said in a press video shared with CNN. “We share the same values, and what I love about Minnie is that she personifies happiness, self-expression, authenticity…plus she has such great style.”
Minnie’s own statement-making ensemble is a bespoke blue tuxedo with black polka dots and matching bow, and it’s made with “responsibly sourced fabrics,” McCartney explained in the video. She hopes the new look will make Minnie “a symbol of progress and empowerment for a new generation.”
“They’re making her more masculine,” Owens said on “Jesse Watters Primetime,” adding that Minnie Mouse in pants is an attempt to “destroy fabrics of our society.”
McCartney declined to comment on Owens’ remarks.
For this International Women’s Day, the collaboration with McCartney will also include a limited T-shirt collection — featuring Minnie with the phrase “Divine Feminine” — which will appear on the runway at the March 7 Stella McCartney Winter 2022 show and be available for purchase the following day.