ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

This isn't your usual Frozen fan art. Well, it is fan art, but this fan also happened to also be one of the costume designers for the film. Brittney Lee, an insanely talented designer and animator, is one of the people who helped clothe some of our favorite Disney characters.

Not only should she be lauded for literally putting the most gorgeous garb on their backs, but also because of just how much thought and care goes into planning these costumes.

As Brittney described in her blog a few months ago, a lot more time went into these decisions than I think many of us realized. So here is some of her incredible work, along with excerpts she has written talking about her the thought process behind these decisions.

Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Brittney makes a lot of great points. But the first of which, and probably the most interesting to me, is when she discusses how extensive these characters' wardrobes are, as opposed to the normal cartoon character who gets maybe two outfits.

The costumes in this film kind of have a life of their own. Whenever possible, they tell a visual story that supports the narrative. The cut, color and detail work on every piece of clothing is designed the way it is for a reason.
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Not only do these costume changes reflect a change in Anna and Elsa's ages, but they're also an indication of the change in personality of the character and tone of the movie as time goes on.

Anna begins with a bright yellow palette, and she stays in the warm greens throughout the entire time she is growing up. When you meet her as an adult for the first time, she is back in that yellow - the same tenacious girl you met as a five year old.
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios

As the two sisters get older, their clothes become increasingly polar, representing the juxtaposition of their two, very different, personalities.

Elsa, on the other hand, changes rather drastically. You meet her in her pale blue nightgown, and her palette gradually gets deeper and darker as she grows up and closes herself off from the world. Her sleeves get longer and she puts on gloves so that her skin is no longer exposed at all. Even her hairstyles evolve to be more tight and binding.
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios
As adults, the girls are still costumed to reinforce their personality. Elsa's coronation gown is regal and restrictive, while Anna's coronation gown has inverted pleats for happy, hopeful twirling.
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Not only did Brittney work on the two protagonists, but she also was an integral part in creating the looks for the King and Queen, as well as Oaken.

I ran the gamut from working on the sisters, clothing the King and Queen, and dressing the royal guard to refining Oaken's fabulous sweater/suspender combo and figuring out what troll clothing looks like
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios
Walt Disney Animation Studios

Brittney's only real complaint is one that I think many of us can agree with.

I frequently realized that while a lot of these clothes would be made into real-life costumes for children, there was slim to no chance that they would ever be manufactured for adults. Like myself. Anna's boots?! Come on.

Wow. For real though. Why do kids get to have all the fun these days? And I don't just mean costumes, I mean clothing. I too would like a pair of Anna's boots. There probably wouldn't be much cause to wear them in Los Angeles, but trust me, I'd find a way.

Huge thanks to Brittney and the whole team over at Disney for making these amazing Frozen looks. Now, if we could try to work out a deal where I can own these clothes in real life, that'd be great.

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