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    Updated on Aug 30, 2019. Posted on Aug 29, 2019

    Disney Displayed Some Of The Most Memorable Movie Costumes Of All Time At D23, And I Couldn't Get Enough

    The magic is truly in the details.

    Alright, as you're probably more than aware, this past weekend was Disney's D23 Expo. While the event is filled with celeb-filled panels and big announcements about upcoming projects throughout the entire company...

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    ...it's also filled with smaller exhibitions. And this year the Walt Disney Archives presented "Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume" a retrospective look at the original costumes used in Disney's live-action films over the last 50 plus years.

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    Below is a selection of just some of the iconic costumes on display, as well as some behind-the-scenes tidbits about them:

    1. The Fairy Godmother's outfit worn by Whitney Houston in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)

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    According the the film's costume designer, Ellen Mirojnick, Whitney Houston was very open to any design. Ellen used Gustav Klimt's paintings as inspiration when it came to design.

    2. Cinderella's ballgown worn by Brandy in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (1997)

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    According to Ellen, Brandy immediately started twirling around like a princess when she put the dress on for the first time during a fitting.

    3. The Sanderson Sisters' witch outfits worn by Kathy Najimy, Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker in Hocus Pocus (1993)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Mary Vogt, each of the sisters outfits are designed in a particular way. Mary's is meant to look like an herbalist, Winnie's like a medieval magician, and Sarah's like Ophelia from Hamlet.

    4. Jack Sparrow's outfit worn by Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Penny Rose, the entire outfit is hand-stitched. They also made 12 of them at once, for everything from the stuntmen to ones to be used in photoshoots.

    5. Cruella de Vil's outfit worn by Glenn Close in 102 Dalmatians (2000)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Anthony Powell, the outfit was designed to look like a couture nun (to represent Cruella changing her ways).

    6. Lady Tremaine's outfit worn by Cate Blanchett in Cinderella (2015)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Sandy Powell, all of the colors Lady Tremaine wears throughout the film are cool, unfriendly colors.

    7. Cinderella's ballgown worn by Lily James in Cinderella (2015)

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    According to Sandy, she wanted to create a gown that looked like a watercolor painting.

    8. Prince Edward's outfit worn by James Marsden in Enchanted (2007)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Mona May, they made the costume slightly bigger to give Prince Edward a cartoonish look in the real world.

    9. Dorothy Gale's dress worn by Fairuza Balk in Return to Oz (1985)

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    According the film's costume designer, Raymond Hughes, the dress was designed based on the original illustrations from the book. They also did not want to copy any designs from The Wizard of Oz film.

    10. Mary Poppins' outfit worn by Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Sandy Powell, she choose to dress her in blue because nannies traditionally wear blue, but she choose a shade that would look bright up close.

    11. Jafar's outfit worn by Marwan Kenzari in Aladdin (2019)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Michael Wilkinson, Jafar's outfit is meant to look intimidating to reflect his desire to be the most powerful person in the world.

    12. Prince Ali's outfit worn by Mena Massoud in Aladdin (2019)

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    According to Michael, the design meant to feel both ancient and timeless at the same time.

    13. Princess Jasmine's outfit worn by Naomi Scott in Aladdin (2019)

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    According to Michael, he added peacocks to Jasmine's iconic turquoise outfit because it seemed symbolic since peacocks are caged in the palace like her.

    14. The Witch's outfit worn by Meryl Streep in Into the Woods (2014)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Colleen Atwood, the dress was designed so that Meryl could do a spider-esque crouches in it easily.

    15. Maleficent's outfit worn by Angelina Jolie in Maleficent (2014)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Anna B. Sheppard, she intentionally used the colors and design for Maleficent's outfit for the christening scene directly from the animated movie since that's what the audience expected.

    16. Belle's outfit worn by Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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    According to the film's costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, she added a pocket (apron) to the design of the dress to be historically correct to what would've been worn in 18th century France.

    17. Belle's ballgown worn by Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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    According to Jacqueline, while they aimed to make it historically correct, they realized that it was important to keep the gown simple so that it could move easily.

    18. Mary Poppins outfit worn by Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins (1964)

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    According the film's costume designer, Tony Walton, while the color of the costumes were dark, he added lots of color to the lining of the outfits to symbolize Mary's secret life.

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