When it comes to traditional dress-up, some girls will choose to dress up as a particular princess rather than any other character. The fairy tale image, which is so prevalent in stories from early childhood, has been reinforced over many decades, both in books and in films, and particularly by the Disney Studios. Early Disney animation films were based on several classic fairy tales, which were taken and adapted by the Disney Studios.
Props & Frocks stock many costumes (in both our hire & ‘for sale’ costumes) that can be used for these Disney characters for both ladies and little girls
- Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – 1937)
When Disney adapted the Snow White story they actually named the seven dwarfs in the film. This is why most costume shops and pantomime productions of Snow White, will dream up different names to what many people now perceive are the traditional ones.
Disney’s take on the Snow White look is very distinctive and is the subject of much imitation. The Snow White costume consists of a yellow skirt, blue bodice with red & blue puff sleeves, worn with a red headband and black fringed wig.
- Cinderella (1950)
The original Disney film was animated, but there is a new Disney version on the horizon with Cate Blanchette, Helena Bonham Carter and Lily James as Cinderella. This is currently due out in 2015. As the blue Cinderella ballgown look is very firmly established, the new film will probably help to reinforce the Disney image. Props & Frocks have many outfits in our hire range for adult Cinderella costumes.
- Aurora (Sleeping Beauty – 1959)
Based on two classic fairy tale adaptations, one by the Brothers Grimm and the other by Charles Perrault, Disney changed the name of the heroine from Briar Rose to Aurora. As with Cinderella and other fantasy princesses this is the classic ballgown approach, with pink as the predominant colour. We have a selection of princess costumes that are suitable for this Disney character A new film entitled Maleficent (the evil Sorceress from Sleeping Beauty) starring Angelina Jolie, is due out in 2014.
- Ariel (The Little Mermaid – 1989)
Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid may have been the premise for this Disney story, but there is very little of the original fairy tale in this adaptation, which features Ariel as the underwater Princess. The colour scheme of blues and greens reflect the under the sea theme. A long red wavy wig helps complete the look, our Cheryl wig in red is ideal. We stock a great Ariel and have a selection of mermaid costumes to hire
- Belle (Beauty and the Beast – 1991)
Beauty and the Beast is another of the traditional fairy stories, this one from Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Yellow is the key colour for the often ruched ballgown. Belle#s hairstyle is long, brown, with a gentle wave to it and secured in a low pony tail, this glamour wig is ideal in brown. We stock a girl’s Belle costume that you can purchase and have a selection of yellow ballgowns that you can hire for ladies.
- Jasmine (Aladdin – 1992)
In the UK, most versions of the pantomime Aladdin are set in the Orient. However, Disney’s Aladdin has been set in Arabia. Princess Jasmines features a traditional style turquoise Belly Dancer outfit, with gauze overskirt and jet black hair.
- Pocahontas (1995)
Unlike other Disney Princesses, the story of Pocahontas is actually based upon a real person, who was a Virginia Indian living in the late 16th, early 17th century. The name Pocahontas means Little Mischief. This Disney princess costume is based on traditional American Indian garments and is another nod to the multi-cultural diversity that has gradually been seen from the Disney Studios over the past 20 years. Look at our Indian costumes
- Mulan (1998)
This Disney Princess is not a princess at all, but her character is based on a Chinese Folk tale about Hua Mulan, a legendary warrior, who fought for 10 years in her father’s place, with nobody ever realising she was actually female. In the Disney animation, which is set in the Han dynasty, the tale of Fa Mulan is the story of a Chinese girl, who goes to war in place of her father, but is later revealed to be a girl. Although a warrior’s costume would be an interesting challenge, the Disney outfit available uses a traditional Chinese robe.
- Tiana (The Princess and the Frog – 2009)
This traditional fairy tale is brought up-to-date as we head to New Orleans, Jazz capital of the world. Tiana is a young African-American girl who wants to open her own restaurant, not realising that the frog she befriends is really a prince in disguise.
Her ballgown is based on a green and cream lily pad look, which could be teamed up with a frog costume.
- Rapunzel (Tangled – 2010)
Another of the traditional fairy tales, where in order to be rescued from the tower, the captive Rapunzel has to let down her long blonde hair. The colour scheme for the long dress is lilac. A long blonde wig completes the look. A girl’s Rapunzel costume is available to purchase.
- Merida (Brave – 2012)
This was another move by the Disney studios away from the traditional fairy stories and princesses. Merida is not a typical Princess. More a feisty female with red hair and longbow and green Medieval style dress
- Elsa (Frozen -2014)
The latest Disney Princess, Elsa, comes from a Disney adaptation of the story of The Snow Queen. Her outfit is predominantly light/ice blue and her hair is long blonde (almost white), ofen worn in a plait or braid..
- Sofia (Sofia the First: Once upon a Princess – Pilot 2012, Series 1 – 2013)
This is a move away from the film industry into a 3D animated TV series. Sofia is a 7 year old commoner, who turns into a princess, when her mother marries King Roland II of Enchancia. Various other princesses were also featured during the first series which was shown in 2013 on the Disney Channel.
There is a reversible children’s dress on the market, with a plain dress on one side and a royal ballgown on the other.