Disneyland Paris has released a first look at the new Cast Member costumes for the reimagined Disneyland Hotel. The sneak peek includes insight into the design process.
“These costumes have been brought to life thanks notably to the incredible work of Dutel, a Lyon-based company that specializes in making jacquard fabric,” Disneyland Paris noted.
As part of this royal transformation, they have designed fourteen new outfits, including four different types of neck accessories, two hats, and three models of belt pockets. In total, 27,777 costume pieces have been produced.
Cast Members will wear one of three types of costumes depending on their profession group, allowing guests to easily identify the role they play in creating this magical experience:
- Front desk / Concierge desk / Shops
- Room Service
- Restaurants / Bars
Interview with Karine Soares
Below is an interview conducted between representatives for Disneyland Paris and Karine Soares, one of the fashion designers working on the project.
DLP: Karine, what were your sources of inspiration?
KS: I mainly drew my inspiration from Disney princes and princesses to ensure the materials, patterns and details of my designs would be in perfect harmony with the royal theme. I also wanted the outfits to be representative of both the Victorian and medieval eras, all the while bringing a modern touch to them.
The costumes I create every day are also inspired by current trends. To find new ideas, I enjoy watching fashion shows. I admired Vivienne Westwood’s work, as she was able to seamlessly combine royalty with modernity. This combination of styles is inspiring.
DLP: What is the process behind the creation of a costume?
KS: The costume creation journey includes several stages:
- The artistic brief: for this project, I collaborated with Walt Disney Imagineering, and especially with Sylvie Massara, the artistic director for Disneyland Paris hotels. Once I learn more about the story we want to tell, I gather information about the materials used in the hotel to have a clear idea of the shades and colors that need to be used, along with the finishing touches to be added, etc.
- The mood board creation stage (creative intention) corresponds to the phase during which initial sketches are drawn. I simultaneously start searching for shapes and materials by meeting with suppliers with whom we have a long-standing relationship. I also go to fashion trade shows to find new materials, accessories, and technical innovation ideas.
- The artistic review is a decisive step during which I show my designs to artistic directors. Once they have been approved, I submit sketches to the design office.
- The initial toiles are then designed to help us adjust shapes and volumes in our workshop.
- Prototypes are then presented to artistic directors.
- Once prototypes are approved, the production can be launched in Europe!
DLP: Can you tell us more about the design and materials used for these new costumes? What makes them comfortable?
KS: It was important for us to design costumes that would be both stylish and modern, all the while incorporating some details that are reminiscent of royalty, such as vests with high collars, frock coats and tailcoats. Lacing, puff sleeves and accessories such as ascot ties are also a nod to the royal dress code. Shapes and styles are incredibly refined to reflect the high level of prestige associated with the hotel. The high-quality materials that have been used to bring the costumes to life notably include beautiful jacquard fabric that was tailor-made in France. This special type of textile – which produces changing effects based on light reflection – was adorned with jewel buttons that vary depending on the costume category. Besides, we have been fortunate to collaborate with Dutel – a Lyon-based family-owned company that specializes in weaving jacquard fabric – for many years now. Mr. Dutel’s expert knowledge of materials and his familiarity with our specific dry-cleaning needs were key in adapting materials while preserving the initially sought aspect, making it possible for us to create costumes that are both beautiful and stylish, but also comfortable and resilient.
DLP: Among these outfits, which piece are you most proud of?
KS: I am very proud of the fleur-de-lis jewel, which was created based on an already-approved graphic charter. It will be pinned onto the ascot ties and the hats worn by Cast Members at the Disneyland Hotel. It’s a beautiful little touch that makes costumes even more stylish and royal!
Disneyland Hotel Transformation
Disneyland Paris has announced a regal transformation of the iconic Disneyland Hotel, which will be the first Disney Hotel to celebrate a royal theme.
The transformation also includes retheming the rooms to various Disney Princesses. Disneyland Paris announced today that “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and “Moana” will be featured throughout Disneyland Hotel.
“At Disneyland Paris, we create enchanting experiences for all ages,” says Sylvie Massara, Walt Disney Imagineering Paris – Design and Show Quality. “The completely refurbished Disneyland Hotel will do just that, immersing guests in a timeless royal atmosphere. Guests will be welcomed with unique refinement as soon as they enter the lobby and will stay in rooms and suites with elegant décor celebrating Disney Princesses and Princes.
To meet and exceed the ever-evolving expectations of our guests, the layout of the hotel’s public spaces and equipment in the rooms will also be enhanced to provide improved, personalized services while leveraging the latest technologies for even more comfort. Guests will benefit from a larger pool area, indulge in an expanded spa and dine in updated restaurants and bars – all adding up to the most magical experience at this stunning five-star hotel. ”
The concept art shows a lobby inspired by the library from “Beauty and the Beast,” with a portrait of the couple above the fireplace and books on the balconies above. There is a spiraling crystal chandelier forming an image of the Beast’s castle at the center of the room, above pink couches and gilded furniture. Candelabras around the room, particularly two golden ones on the mantel, resemble Lumiere. A clock also on the mantel resembles Cogsworth.
A second piece of artwork shows the upstairs lobby, with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen greeting guests. A structure in the center has rounded birdcage-like pieces between benches, and a candelabra at the center.