D23 Expo: Harrods Disney Princess Designer Dresses

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Does anyone have the number for a Fairy Godmother? We need all of these dresses pronto!

On display at D23 Expo this weekend were the ten couture gowns created for luxury London department store Harrods, last Christmas. Inspired by Disney’s ten princesses (Merida had not yet been crowned in December!) renowned designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Versace and Elie Saab each created an exquisite dress fit for a queen. And today Disney revealed that the dresses will be up for auction in November at Christie’s, with the proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

“We are delighted that Disney enthusiasts and fashion fans will now have the chance to own a piece of the magic with this once-in-a-lifetime auction whilst also helping us to raise vital funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity which we’ve been supporting for many years,” said Matthew Grossman, VP of Corporate Citizenship at Walt Disney.

While the dresses will be auctioned in London, Clare Borthwick, Vintage Couture Specialist at Christie’s, said “The rarity of these items mixed with the global appeal of Disney Princesses will make these extremely sought-after, and we expect much interest from around the world.” We wonder if any real princesses will be bidding on them? We can’t wait to find out on November 13!

Check out more pictures below!

Snow White by Oscar de la Renta

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Staying true to the colors of Disney’s classic Snow White dress (red, yellow and blue) this gown features intricate embroidery across the bodice and a voluminous red cape that could hold at least a couple of dwarves in each sleeve. Accessorized with a red bow and golden apple bag (doesn’t it remind you of the Anya Hindmarch version?) any mirror would agree this dress is the fairest of them all.

Aurora by Elie Saab

DSC03409This dream of a dress features scattered beading, elbow-length sleeves and an elegant skinny belt to emphasize the waist before exploding into a waterfall of tulle as it hits the floor. Although it’s pink, we bet even Merry Weather would love this gown.

Mulan by Missoni

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Famed for their colorful prints, who better to design a dress for the exotic warrior princess than Italian fashion house Missoni? With its kimono-style sleeves and scattered red flowers this gown is the final word in oriental elegance.

Belle by Valentino

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Valentino has dressed so many Oscar winners he can probably whip up a princess dress with his eyes closed. And this one does not disappoint, with its pale yellow hue a graceful take on Belle’s gold gown while the delicate chiffon hooded cape is reminiscent of Belle’s winter outfit. Truly “une robe belle”.

Pocahontas by Cavalli

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Cavalli is known for sexy, animal print gowns, so he was the perfect choice for the earthy, Native American princess. With a fabric inspired by dream catchers and a full length, feathered skirt, this dress is complete with just a pair of matching arm bangles. Shoes optional.

Tiana by Ralph and Russo

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A favorite of Hollywood royalty and soon-to-be Disney Villain Angelina Jolie, Ralph & Russo may not have the brand name recognition of other designers but they are one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets. This frothy mint concoction features a sweetheart neckline beneath crystal-encrusted twisted tulle, creating a flow reminiscent of Tiana’s lily pad ballgown.

Jasmine by Escada

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Although Jasmine is usually pictured in her turquoise outfit, this fuchsia chiffon gown is similar in color to the ensemble she wears when trapped in the hour glass. The warm color and ornate golden flower belt evoke fragrant Arabian nights.

Ariel by Marchesa

???????????????????????????????Prince Eric would have kissed the girl a lot quicker if she’d been wearing this structured silk gown in deep blue. The artful draping on the bust reflects Ariel’s clam-shell bra while the peplum is a nod to her original tail. You could certainly talk body language in this!

Rapunzel by Jenny Packham

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One of Kate Middleton’s favorite designers, Jenny Packham is used to creating gowns fit for royalty. This subtle lilac dress creates a statuesque silhouette that would be complemented by an elegant up-do or floor length hair alike.

Cinderella by Versace

DSC03387We have a hard time believing this stunning ball dress was created without at least a little bit of magic. From the dazzling luminescent fabric to the giant golden buttons on the bodice (emblazoned with the Versace logo) this dress will have Prince Charming at your feet.

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If you could own any one of these dresses, which one would you bid for?

4 responses to “D23 Expo: Harrods Disney Princess Designer Dresses

    • These dresses were the first thing I headed for! They were so pretty but I couldn’t look at them too long in case the temptation to rip them off the mannequins and run out with them got too much :s

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