She is the Fashion Consultant for Disney Consumer Products!
A lot of people don’t know that I’m also the fashion consultant for Disney Consumer Products so I start really, really early in the process. It is my job to build the fashion for the whole “Descendants” world. I started out as a fashion designer and just transitioned into costume designing.
When she’s designing costumes for The Disney Channel, she isn’t thinking about designing clothes for kids.
Even though I’m creating costumes for kids, I’m not thinking about creating specifically for kids. Kids are so sophisticated and mature anyways. They know fashion. They know brands. They know what they like and so I never see a kid and think, “I’m going to design for a child.” If I design for a child, the mother is going to want something. The big sister is going to want something. Remember when you were young and you’d watch movies for kids but they had all these little adult things? I do the same thing for fashion.
She went full couture for Descendants 2
I just went full couture for “Descendants 2,” from the accessories to the silhouettes. The fashion for “Descendants 2” is really about the story of the kids and where they are now. They’re in Auradon and so it’s really my job to show how they’ve transitioned and how they’ve matured.
She had to transition Mal from a Villain Kid to a Princess and back again in Descendants 2
So let’s just start with Mal. In “Descendants 1,” she was just getting to Auradon and now she has really become a whole princess. So I really wanted to create something for her that showed that she’s been in Auradon for a while and she’s transitioned so she’s a little more polished. In “Descendants 1,” it went from straight punk to a preppy punk, and now it’s more of a polished punk. The fun thing I love about Mal is I really did create princess looks for her.
She started out with this blonde hair. She’s really trying to be a princess and she has little lavender gels and that’s because even though she’s trying so hard to be a princess, she’s still the girl from the Isle. There’s that whole story about keeping part of who you are not matter where you go and so it was really fun to create these little princesses for her. A lot of Mal’s dresses were very embellished and had lots of sparkle whereas in “Descendants 1” it was more leather and hardware and gold.This time it’s rhinestones and embellished.
Evie is a young designer in the film, and Kara wanted her to look the part.
What I loved about Eve was that she’s the designer of the group. Her business has picked up tenfold and she’s designing for all her classmates and honestly it reminded me of when I was in high school and what I did. She’s creating Cotillion gowns for all her classmates but I really wanted Evie to look like a young junior designer and so she has these great purses.
Everything for all the characters is completely custom AND has removable/reattachable parts to enhance the story while keeping the character the same, so while you’re watching the film, it’s not a continuity issue, that was planned.
Everything from head to toe for all the characters is custom. The shoes are custom. The handbags are custom and the accessories are custom. One really fun part about all the wardrobe is that all of these [outfits] are detachable. For instance, when you see Evie she’s in the full dress. I can take the sleeves off. The sleeves came off. She has the vest, then it separates at the waist and she wears it as a skirt. So it can be a jacket or it can be a vest or it can be a skirt. That happens for all of the characters, so when you’re watching the movie and clothes are used in different ways, do not get nervous. It’s not a continuity issue. It’s done on purpose because when they’re in certain scenes and they’re dancing and they’re fighting I just wanted them to have that freedom. I thought it would be fun if everything was detachable for Evie and for the guys and for Uma as well.
The Turquoise on Uma is from Ursula’s ridiculous eyeshadow.
When I watched the movie, I just kept on looking at the eye shadow. Every character has to have their own color. Mal already had the purple. The turquoise reminded me of the sea and it’s very aquatic. I tapped into Ursula through the fringe because when Uma moves it’s like her tentacles are flaring up, and her hair and her braids look like tentacles too.
Her outfit detaches as well. The sleeves come off and also she has pants that she wears for certain fight scenes but it’s all detachable, all leather, all hand painted. One of the reasons it was so fun was that I let the kids look for all the icons on the outfit. China’s outfit has hundreds of little icons on it – shells, starfish, crabs and just everything.
Even the dudes on Auradon had a complete overhaul.
I love that Carlos is a techie now. He’s grown too. I needed to show that Evie and the guys have all matured in Auradon and that everybody came full circle and each person is doing their own thing. Jay is the athlete so even his Isle look has that athletic look.
One thing I really loved is that Ben is now on the Isle. It was so much fun doing costumes for someone from Auradon and turning his look into the Isle, like going in reverse. So he was so cute. This just fit him so well and still kept his Auradon look. He’s the king now but it still has that fun kind of Isle twist to it.
She has a fun name for the new Villain Kids outfits
It’s so fun to create these Isle costumes. I call them Scallywag Swag because it’s really a mix of pirate punk, military and bohemian fashion. It’s a really fun fashion-forward twist.
Uma’s Outfit was inspired by Kenny Ortega’s vision for the character.
It’s so funny because I met with Kenny Ortega one day and he said, “I want Uma to look like you dragged her on the bottom of the sea.” I said, “Okay, we can do that.” Kenny said, “I want some oil slicks” so I added that to the mix. Can you see her shoes? I love her shoes. She has fishnet and seashells and just literally everything on her shoes so you can hear them when she’s walking.
Look for some really fun Easter Eggs in the costumes!
Thomas, Harry Hook, is from Scotland. He asked, “Can we have a little Scotland fabric?” So you can barely see it but there’s a little bit of plaid underneath in his jeans.