The Beautiful Wardrobes From Princess Visual Development Art

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 Princesses, 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 ways into the finished product.

 

Visual Development Art of Belle 1 of 10
When artists were in the early stages of discovering what Belle would look like, they hadn't yet arrived at her blue dress and apron.
Visual Development Art of Pocahontas 2 of 10
Pocahontas didn't always have her signature one-shoulder dress.
Visual Development Art of Mulan 3 of 10
In an early concept sketch, many of Mulan's color palette remained the same, while her overall look changed quite a bit.
Visual Development Art of Snow White 4 of 10
Snow White's silhouette and features are recognizable, but the final colors of her dress changed over time.
Visual Development Art of Cinderella 5 of 10
Artists considered many different looks when exploring what Cinderella might look like. This gorgeous gown is a very different take on what she eventually wore to the ball.
Visual Development Art of 6 of 10
Another look at a potential look for Cinderella--still a far cry from her signature style, but the color is starting to look familiar.
Visual Development Art of Cinderella 7 of 10
Do you recognize this young dreamer? Cinderella's clogs and aprons stayed the same through visual development into her final design.
Visual Development Art of Cinderella 8 of 10
Several drawings of gowns from the early stages of Cinderella.
Visual Development Art of Cinderella's Stepsisters 9 of 10
Anastasia and Drizella had a lot more accessories in their early development. Their general look and feel seemed to stay consistent throughout production.
Visual Development Art of Princess Aurora 10 of 10
Aurora looks very much the same as she does in the final film; a sweet peasant girl with a shawl and demure dress.
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