Before they were Disney Princesses dancing in a ballroom, through the forest, or on pink clouds, your favorite Disney characters had to be painstakingly designed by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Not only were their personalities, features, hair color, and eyes designed from scratch, their wardrobes also had to be brainstormed, sketched out, colored, then redesigned over and over until the animators had the look of the character just right. This is especially true of their gowns and dresses which, for many Disney characters, tell just as rich of a story as the films themselves.
Take a look at some of the early sketches and visual development art of the characters before their final designs were complete. It’s amazing to see how many details were different, and how many found their way into the finished product.