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Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse – A Style Icon to Designers Across The Globe

Even though Walt Disney‘s Mickey Mouse celebrates his Eighty-Seventh birthday today, we gentlemen are never too old to enjoy a touch of Mickey in our wardrobe.

Dan Brown‘s famous character, Robert Langdon, is said to always wear a Mickey Mouse watch which was presented to him by his parents on his tenth birthday and the famous Canadian deejay Deadmau5 is never seen without his famous Mickey Mouse style helmet in public (Disney has sued him for this, incidentally).

Fact is, Mickey Mouse will always be a part of our life – as children, as parents and as grand parents.

Here’s how some fashion designers celebrated the toon icon over the years…

JEREMY SCOTT

Designs by Jeremy Scott
Designs by Jeremy Scott

For spring / summer 2010, Jeremy Scott tied up with Disney and Adidas Originals to launch a pair of high-top sneakers called the Mickey Hi. It retailed at Euros 180.

Even his fashion show had a male model wearing the famous red shorts with big buttons, as popularly worn by Mickey.

DOLCE & GABBANA

Designs by Dolce & Gabbana
Designs by Dolce & Gabbana
Designs by Dolce & Gabbana
Designs by Dolce & Gabbana

In 2011, Italian couture label Dolce & Gabbana sent their male models out onto the catwalk in sportswear, festooned with Mickey Mouse images. Sweaters, pullovers, t’shirts and vests were just a few of the many colourful silhouettes which celebrated Mickey.

MAN and KATY EARY

Design by Katy Eary
Design by Katy Eary
Designs by MAN
Designs by MAN

In 2014, two British designer labels channeled Mickey Mouse in their own (horrifying?) way. Maeve Keirans writes on http://style.mtv.com/ in September 2014, “Weirdly enough, two different designers (at London Fashion Week) had models walk out with Mickey Mouse ears. MAN attached Mickey’s iconic ears to a baseball cap and accessorized it with something you’d likely find in a dentist’s office/nightmares, while Kate Eary constructed a plastic Mickey mask, complete with a red mohawk.”

Happy birthday, Mickey Mouse. You will always be a fashion icon!

Ranjit Rodricks is leading and well-known fashion editor who has not only lived, loved and breathed style for over two decades but has also worked closely with the best in the fashion business.