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Disney’s characters are some of the most iconic figures in the world. And a major part of their iconography comes from the characters’ stunning costumes, which come in an expansive array of colors and styles! I’ve decided to break down some of the top looks to come out of Disney in the last 81 years.
Everyone knows the best looks come in the last five minutes of the film, and this look is no exception. Moana’s chieftess outfit is truly stunning. The colors are incredibly vibrant and make her stand out against the deep blue of the ocean. Moana costume designer Neya Bové has stated that she wanted to focus on the intricate textiles and fabrics. The entire outfit moves in interesting ways as she dashes across her boat and commands her fleet.
Say what you want about Disney remakes, but their costuming budget must be enormous, because every single look they put out is a showstopper. There were dozens of non-animated looks to choose from, but this pink and teal number Princess Jasmine dons to meet her suitor, Prince Andors, absolutely stole the show for me. Costume designer Michael Wilkinson described Jasmine’s costumes as being inspired by South Asian fashion, contrasting with the Arabian inspired outfits of her citizens. The bold and brilliant colors, and the teal pants peeking through her skirt, speak to her outspoken nature and forward personality.
Princess Tiana sports nine looks in The Princess and the Frog– the most of any Disney Princess. They’re all iconic in their own way, but this lily pad dress takes the cake, or rather, the beignets. While some outfits are memorable because they stand out against their background, this ball gown seems to have grown right out of the bayou! A stunning color pallet is displayed in the triple-layered skirt, and the fact that it was created using hand drawn animation makes every detail that much more impressive.
Honey Lemon: scientist, super hero, fashion icon. This look was nominated by our very own PhD Princess, Sarah White (read some of her awesomely scientific articles here.) While each member of the Big Hero 6 crew has a sleek and creative costume design, Honey’s outfit stands out. Sarah describes Honey’s look as “feminine, yet strong, and not revealing, like most female superheroes.” It is rare to see a modern, mainstream superheroine embrace her “girly” side, but Honey breaks the mold while wearing a skirt, utilizing vibrant colors, and carrying a purse. The purse is my favorite element of this outfit, because it features the periodic table that Honey Lemon uses to create mini “bombs.” This accessory represents that a woman can be feminine, scientific, and badass, all at the same time.
Ball Gown Cinderella
Probably the most quintessential piece of animation in Disney history, Cinderella’s ball gown is at once stunning and understated, a rather simple look compared to other Disney Princess gowns.. Disney fans may even forget the color of the dress, as almost every other version of the garment, either in the parks or in merchandise, is some shade of blue, rather than silver. Yet, this scene is about more than just the dress. This entire moment is about as iconic in the Disney canon as Mickey Mouse himself. It represents the core belief of the Disney brand: a little belief in magic can make even the most impossible dreams come true.