My Fashion Faux Pas With Edna Mode
I’ve never exactly been what you might call a slave to fashion. I’m most comfortable in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. I like the idea of Dapper Day in theory, but I’m not certain I’d be able to pull off so much fancy all day long. I need clothes that I’d be comfortable spilling Dole Whip on, because there’s a better than good chance that is going to happen. So, Versace and Manolo Blahnik are right out (those are fashion brands right?).
Despite that, I’ll admit a certain fascination with some of fashion’s icons, particularly the one and only Edna Mode. The diminutive diva is nothing short of a sartorial goddess who commands attention wherever she goes. That’s why I was so excited to meet her.
That’s right. You can meet Edna Mode at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, and you don’t even need to be on the VIP list to do it. You just have to go to her meet and greet area in Pixar Place. As you wait to meet her, you can tour an exhibit of some of her greatest work: suits designed for the Parr Family, as well as other supers like Frozone.
However, a word of warning. Edna Mode takes fashion very seriously, and woe to anyone who tries to make light of her style edicts. During our visit, I thought it would be funny to drape my coat across my shoulders like a cape. As any fan of The Incredibles knows, Edna has a stern “No Capes” policy. When we reached the front of the line, I turned to my kids and whispered, “I hope my cape doesn’t upset her!” Edna noticed it immediately, placing her hands on her hips in anger before taking me by the wrist and escorting me to the exit. She then stood in the doorway, refusing to let me re-enter the area until I shamefacedly removed my “cape.” With the offending accessory gone, I was allowed to rejoin my family for photographs, and Edna made sure to tell my wife to keep an eye on me. It was, without a doubt, one of the best character interactions I’ve ever experienced.
If you’re a fan of Pixar and The Incredibles, this is an experience you absolutely don’t want to miss. Just make sure to leave your cape at home.