Cinderella Wears Dior

Disney’s Fairy Godmother seems to employ prestigious fashion designers. See?

Cinderella at the ball (taken from the Disney Wiki)

Christian Dior, "New Look" 1947

Christian Dior, “New Look” 1947 (image from Diorable Style)

Cinderella is the perfect 1950 girl; even her work clothes are this cute outfit with ballerina flats, right in style with the times. The stepsisters, on the other hand, are an exaggeration of the 1880s with their huge bustles; in fact, the whole setting of the film is pretty much late Victorian. Except for Cinderella, she gets to wear post-war haute couture.


3 thoughts on “Cinderella Wears Dior

  1. Because…isn’t that what is ultimately important to all young girls? More than anything in the world, little girls want to be pretty…because that is what they’ve been told they must be in order to be acceptable. Incidentally, I was in Disney World several years back, and in the “castle” they have the “Princess Boutique” where little girls can go and be made into their favorite Disney princess. You should have seen all the little girls aged 6-10 lined up to be transformed, and “made beautiful”. Yeesh. (Because there’s no way you are as pretty as a Disney princess just the way you are, my dear. Let us “fix” you.) In addition, there were no boys…boys aren’t lining up to be made over into an of the many Disney male characters. That is because, generally speaking, give a boy a stick, tell him he’s a warrior prince and the stick is his sword, and he will basically take it from there. He doesn’t need to have his face painted and “improved upon” at 7 years old in order to slay dragons. Interesting dichotomy.


    • I wonder if boys would line up, though, if the option were to be made strong and powerful, like, say, Buzz Lightyear or Spiderman (I’m a little out of the loop of who the current boy heroes are). But you’re right, it’s kind of scary. I just ran across an interesting article called “What’s Wrong With Cinderella” by Peggy Orenstein (and her book “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” which incorporates the article as a chapter), which is about exactly that.

      One of the things the Cinderella New Look demonstrates, though, is how each generation creates folktales in their own image – the heroine is the ideal of the age. The same goes for Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, she’s the perfect 1959 teenager (in looks anyway).


  2. Huh! I never thought about the blending of the two fashion eras before, but you’re so right! As a lover of style as well as fairy tales, I really enjoyed this post 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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