TBT: “Mary Poppins” turns 50

50 years ago yesterday, Mary Poppins premiered and released a practically perfect nanny, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” dancing penguins, and the worst Cockney accent in the history of film or theater upon the world. And some people still haven’t forgiven Walt Disney for it.

However, I love the crap out of the songs, being a big fan of musicals (shush). Also, my college sorority (shush again, you) wrote a dirty song to the tune of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” — ask me to sing the chorus over cocktails sometime.

Anyway, costumes, yeah, the movie had some. 1910s as seen through the 1960s. Much like Dick van Dyke’s accent, the costumes didn’t hit the mark most of the time and only gave a vague essence of the era until they wildly veered off into fantasy land. But it’s a kid’s movie, right? So I guess we’re not supposed to care.


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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”