Fine Art Photographer Gray Malin Debuts “The Red Carpet Series” with Minnie Mouse as Muse

Malin Captures the Essence of Disney’s Leading Lady, Minnie Mouse, in
a Celebratory Shoot on Hollywood’s Most Iconic Landscape, the Red Carpet

Malin’s New Photo Series and First Ever Video Art Piece Unveiled in
Celebration of Minnie Mouse and National Polka Dot Day (January 22)

GLENDALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fine art photographer Gray Malin has released a new series inspired by
the ultimate global style icon, Minnie Mouse, set within Hollywood’s
iconic landscape – the red carpet. The series is a limited run release
along with a piece of video art, a first-ever production for Malin. The
release coincides with #RockTheDots an annual celebration of fashion
muse Minnie Mouse and her signature polka dot style tied to National
Polka Dot Day on January 22nd – and fittingly falls in the midst of
Hollywood’s Award Season.

Malin released the new video art and ‘Leading Lady’ image celebrating
Minnie Mouse via his Instagram account ahead of an event in Hollywood to
unveil the full series:

Since her first on-screen appearance in “Steamboat Willie,” Minnie Mouse
has made an undeniable impact on the entertainment and fashion
industries. With Minnie serving as the muse, Malin, known for his unique
aerial compositions, took inspiration from her Hollywood and fashion
history to stage a photograph embracing these core tenets through a
classically styled black tie affair atop a spectacular red carpet. Malin
utilized white parasols to illustrate Minnie’s trademark polka dotted
dress and give a nod to Hollywood glamour.

“Minnie Mouse has helped make polka dots famous all over the world, and
I am continually inspired by her impact on fashion and pop culture,”
said photographer Gray Malin. “Her red with white polka dot dress and
the classic red carpet have always been symbolic of Hollywood to me. I
consider Minnie one of Hollywood’s most iconic leading ladies, so the
red carpet seemed like a fitting setting for a collection that
celebrates her timeless style.”

The video piece showcases the movement that comprises the key stills of
the series. Malin used his artistic eye to create a glamorous visual
that highlights Minnie’s fun-loving personality and the glitz of
Tinseltown from a whole new perspective.

Working with choreographer Mary John Frank, the carpet comes to life in
a dance number driven by the opening and closing of the parasols,
infusing movement into Minnie’s iconic polka dots. Sixty dancers glide
across the red carpet, showcasing the hustle and bustle of awards season
to the tune of original music, with the final frame including a star
turn by entertainment’s leading lady herself – Minnie Mouse.

“Minnie Mouse has been captivating audiences, and inspiring artists and
designers for decades,” said Josh Silverman, Executive Vice President,
Global Licensing at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media.
“Gray Malin’s incredible ‘Red Carpet’ series, with Minnie as muse, is
the perfect marriage of fashion, art and entertainment.”

Prints are available for purchase on the Gray Malin website:

Rock the Dots on National Polka Dot Day (January 22)

For decades, Minnie Mouse has not only delighted fans on screen and off,
but she has also served as a muse for glamorous fashion houses such as
Commes des Garcons, Lanvin and Kate Spade, inspiring countless fashion
collections. Minnie’s classic look, rooted in perfect polka dots, has
been continuously reimagined by the fashion industry with admiration,
and fans have taken to celebrating Minnie’s impact on style with
National Polka Dot Day (January 22).

This year, in celebration of this legacy and an upcoming collaboration
between designer Olympia
, Disney and Uniqlo, Olympia Le-Tan designed a custom dress
and clutch handbag for Minnie Mouse which she will wear to a
Hollywood dinner. The original polka dotted dress and clutch take
inspiration from Olympia Le-Tan’s Minnie-themed collaboration with
Uniqlo which will be available globally in Uniqlo stores this Spring.

Furthering the celebration, fans can “rock the dots” with custom coffee
sleeves found at Los Angeles’s famed Alfred
Coffee & Kitchen
during the month of January. Guests can also
look for murals with Minnie’s iconic polka dots outside the Melrose
Place, Silverlake and Studio City locations.

Additionally, on National Polka Dot Day (January 22), Disney fans are
encouraged to Rock The Dots with Disney Parks from Coast to
Coast. Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort and Downtown Disney
District at Disneyland Resort invite
guests to dress in their polka-dotted finest to honor Minnie’s style.
Both locations will celebrate with photo opportunities, entertainment, a
commemorative button, discounts, giveaways and more. Visit the Disney
Parks Blog
 for more details on how to rock the dots in the coming
weeks at Disney Parks and Resorts.

Follow @MinnieStyle
on Instagram and rock your dots in celebration of Minnie Mouse and
National Polka Dot Day using #RockTheDots and #MinnieStyle.

About Disney Consumer Products and Interactive

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segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings our Company’s
stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical
products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from
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inspire imaginations around the world.

About Gray Malin

Gray Malin is a modern day fine-art photographer and New York Times best
selling author. His work hangs in homes across the world and is owned by
private and public collectors. Malin’s early notable work, Prada
(2010), put him on the radar of fashion and art enthusiasts.
He since has created private collections in remote locations such as
Antarctica, Namibia and Bhutan while also developing commercial
recognition for inventive aerial beach, ski and park scenes from around
the world. Malin is also well known for his conceptual fine-art series
like Gray Malin at the Parker which features exotic animals
living within the famed hotel. His first public art installation is
currently on view on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, curated by the
City of West Hollywood. Malin has collaborated with global brands such
as Veuve Clicquot, Sperry Top-Sider, and Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts,
engaging diverse audiences to experience his work in new ways. Malin’s
first monograph, BEACHES, documenting five years of work spanning twenty
cities over six continents was recently awarded the accolade of New York
Times Best Seller.


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Samira Ibrahim