Project 3

Working individually or in groups of 2, select a work (book/novel, film, television show, play, etc.) and set it in a different place. So for example, what if Tangled took place in Mexico, or if Beauty and the Beast were set in China? Research the clothing and costume from the time and place you’ve selected, and create a culturally-accurate (non-stereotypical nor appropriating costume) each from that specific setting for 1 or 2 characters. 

When presenting, be sure to show an image of the original character costume, introduce your character, show reference images from the culture and time you’ve selected and talk about your redesign.

Example images:

From Lettherebedoodles Race-bend Disney Princesses: Snow White (Spanish), Cinderella (Japanese), Belle (Arab), Aurora (Jamaican), 


Ariel (Indian), Tiana (Chinese), Mulan (Native American), Pocahontas (Pacific Islander),


Jasmine (African/Luo),  Meg (Egyptian), Kida (Maori), Jane (Korean),


Eilonwy (African/Fula), Esmerelda (Moroccan),


Merida (Brazilian), Rapunzel (Mexican), Elsa (Inuit), Anna (Inuit).



Project 2

Working in groups of 2,  select a work (book/novel, film, television show, play, etc.) and select a historical time period to re-imagine the story. Research that time period thoroughly, and each member of your group will design a historically accurate costume for one or two of the characters based on the historical period you’ve selected. Use laptops for references and research.

When presenting your design to the class, be sure to introduce the character/s, show images of the original character’s costume design, discuss the choice you made for the time period, and show examples of the references you used to design the costumes.

Sample images:

Contemporary Disney Princesses


Disney Princesses dressed in the clothing of the year their movie was released:


Disney Princesses in 1960s clothing:


Project 1 Guidelines

Select a character in a film, tv show, play or musical (live action) research their “bio” and get a general understanding of their role in the story. Look closely at the costume that was designed for your character. Why do you think these choices were made? How would you do this differently?

Create a redesigned version of your character’s costume. What choices will you make? Consider style, colors, textures/patterns, materials (Velvet? Cotton? Denim? Leather?)

You will present your drawings to your classmates for feedback, when you’re presenting, be sure to show us an image of the original costume, be ready to introduce us to your character by giving a brief description of the character, and talk about why you made the choices you did. If you’d like to bring up other reference images, you can.


Images to follow.