Disney’s live-action recreations of animated fashion

It’s hard to believe that the concept of live-action was once controversial for fans of original Disney films; live-action takes on Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book have been extremely successful in recent years. Not only are the talented actors, the stunning sets, and the classic storylines a factor in this success, but the costume design is absolutely breathtaking. In honor of the release of the teaser trailer for Disney’s next live-action endeavor, Beauty and the Beast, let’s explore the spectacular magic of Disney fashion through the recreation of iconic Disney ensembles.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Costume designer Colleen Atwood won the 2013 Board of Director’s Tribute Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America after her creative remake of classic Alice in Wonderland ensembles, according to Entertainment Weekly. Her work on these iconic depictions of Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts are truly masterful:

To emphasize Alice shrinking, the famous blue dress was adapted to look over-sized, complete with off-the-shoulder sleeves and ruffled detail.

The Red Queen’s cruel and egotistical character was satirized by the intricate heart designs on this gown’s skirt. The high collar and puffy sleeves is reminiscent of Disney’s typical wicked villains.


With Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, his incredible acting had to be matched with gaudy yet detailed costuming. The pin-striped bell-bottom pants, colorful ties, and ruffled sleeves give cooky but entrancing aspects to this iconic character.

Cinderella (2015)

Oscar-winning Sandy Powell designed the costumes for this extravagant and stunning take on Disney’s favorite princess. According to New York Daily News, the quintessential blue ballgown was made with 3 miles of hems, 270 yards of fabric, and over 10,000 Swarovski crystals. Taking tailors 500 hours to complete, the gorgeous gown utilizes the crystals for a “sprinkling of fairy dust” effect. Designers created the illusion of effortlessly flowing watercolors by using shades of aqua and lilac along with the classic silvery-blue.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Laura Jean Shannon’s work on our beloved Mowgli’s loincloth was painstaking. According to Made in Hollywood, the red loincloth was made with fine Italian cloth to allow for a light, airy appearance, but could also be painted on to give it that worn-out look. Shannon experimented with dozens of shapes, and different scenes required different loincloths.

We cannot wait to see the stunning costumes that will come of  the newest Disney live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast. Check out the teaser trailer below:

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