Disney on Broadway iconic leading ladies get a modern makeover for a magical design challenge

Who needs a fairy godmother when you have these fierce FIT students?

August 19, 2019, 10:31 AM

Disney is celebrating 25 years on Broadway by partnering up with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) for a magical design challenge.

The challenge

FIT Fashion design students were challenged to create a day and evening look inspired by Disney on Broadway's leading female characters.

From "Frozen's" Princess Anna to "The Lion King's" Nala, nearly 100 sketches were submitted reimagining Disney heroines with contemporary looks. Ultimately, 10 design students were selected to participate in the challenge and bring their sketches to life.

PHOTO: Patti Murin (Anna, OBC 'Frozen') and Yelayny Placencia (FIT student) review design sketches for Anna inspired garments.
Patti Murin (Anna, OBC 'Frozen') and Yelayny Placencia (FIT student) review design sketches for Anna inspired garments.
Disney

The student finalists, who are from all over the world, will have their garments on display in an exhibition at FIT's Art & Design Gallery in New York City from Sept. 19 to Oct. 6, 2019.

"We are delighted to partner with FIT and their talented students on this special design challenge," said Robin Wyatt, vice president of marketing for Disney Theatrical Productions. "Each designer created contemporary sketches that are all unique interpretations of our beloved Disney on Broadway characters and we look forward to seeing their garments come to fruition."

PHOTO: Seohee 'Ruby' Shin (FIT student) works on design for Nala ('The Lion King') inspired garments.
Seohee 'Ruby' Shin (FIT student) works on design for Nala ('The Lion King') inspired garments.
Disney

Now, for the first time in forever, some of our favorite princesses are getting a major wardrobe update -- one that the actors who play the roles on Broadway are excited about.

"I would definitely love to wear something like this on stage or in real-life," Ariel Jacobs, who plays Jasmine in Disney's "Aladdin" on Broadway, told "Good Morning America."

PHOTO: Annette Stone (FIT student) and Arielle Jacobs (Jasmine, 'Aladdin') review design sketches for Jasmine inspired garments.
Annette Stone (FIT student) and Arielle Jacobs (Jasmine, 'Aladdin') review design sketches for Jasmine inspired garments.
Disney

The success of the students in this project is in part due to the fact that FIT offers five concentrations – sportswear, knitwear, children's wear, special occasion and intimate apparel – and many of the reimagined designs incorporate elements of those concentrations, according to Gerard Dellova, an assistant professor in fashion design.

"For example, Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid' incorporates elements of swimwear and special occasion, whereas with Belle from 'Beauty and the Beast,' there are elements of intimate apparel coming through," Dellova said.

The designs

Annette Stone: Jasmine from "Aladdin"

Stone is a fourth-year student from northern California.

PHOTO: Annette Stone, a fourth-year student designing for Jasmine from "Aladdin."
Annette Stone, a fourth-year student designing for Jasmine from "Aladdin."
Annette Stone

Yelayny Placencia: Anna from "Frozen."

Placencia is a fourth-year student from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

PHOTO: Yelayny Placencia, a fourth-year student designing for Anna from "Frozen."
Yelayny Placencia, a fourth-year student designing for Anna from "Frozen."
Yelayny Placencia

Sooyoung Yun: "Mary Poppins"

Yun is a fourth-year student from South Korea.

PHOTO: Sooyoung Yun, FIT student, displays design sketches for Mary Poppins inspired garments.
Sooyoung Yun (FIT student) displays design sketches for Mary Poppins inspired garments.
Disney

Ruby SeoHee Shin: Nala from "The Lion King"

Shin is a fourth-year student from South Korea.

PHOTO: Ruby SeoHee Shin, a fourth-year student designing for Nala from "The Lion King."
Ruby SeoHee Shin, a fourth-year student designing for Nala from "The Lion King."
Ruby SeoHee Shin

Paige Walker: Belle from "Beauty and the Beast"

Walker is a fourth-year student from Ontario.

PHOTO: Paige Walker, a fourth-year student designing for Belle from "Beauty and the Beast."
Paige Walker, a fourth-year student designing for Belle from "Beauty and the Beast."
Paige Walker

Marianna Gonzalez: Jane from "Tarzan"

Gonzalez is a fourth-year student from Brownsville, Texas.

PHOTO: Jenn Gambatese (Jane, OBC 'Tarzan') and Marianna Gonzalez (FIT student) review design sketches for Jane inspired garments.
Jenn Gambatese (Jane, OBC 'Tarzan') and Marianna Gonzalez (FIT student) review design sketches for Jane inspired garments.
Disney

Baoqing Yu: Ariel from "The Little Mermaid"

Yu is a second-year student from Taishan, Guangdong, China.

PHOTO: Baoqing Yu (FIT student) works on design for Ariel ('The Little Mermaid') inspired garments.
Baoqing Yu (FIT student) works on design for Ariel ('The Little Mermaid') inspired garments.
Disney

Ashna Moogi: Elsa from "Frozen"

Moogi is a third-year student from Bangalore, India.

PHOTO: Ashna Moogi, a third-year student designing for Elsa from "Frozen."
Ashna Moogi, a third-year student designing for Elsa from "Frozen."
Ashna Moogi

Eunhye Jo: Rafiki from "The Lion King"

Jo is a third-year student from Seoul, South Korea.

PHOTO: Eunhye Jo (FIT student) and Tshidi Manye (Rafiki 'The Lion King') review design sketches for Rafiki inspired garments.
Eunhye Jo (FIT student) and Tshidi Manye (Rafiki 'The Lion King') review design sketches for Rafiki inspired garments.
Disney

Georgianna Wells: Katherine from "Newsies"

Wells is a fourth-year student from Memphis, Tennessee.

PHOTO: Georgianna Wells, a fourth-year student designing for Katherine from "Newsies."
Georgianna Wells, a fourth-year student designing for Katherine from "Newsies."
Georgianna Wells

We'll reveal the designs on September 12th!

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