The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - KIM WIL­SON

AUSSIE women will soon be able to clad them­selves in child­hood dreams with a new range of gowns based on cos­tumes worn by clas­sic Dis­ney princesses.

Aus­tralian cou­ture de­signer Paul Vasileff will to­mor­row un­veil a se­lec­tion of dresses based on clas­sic char­ac­ters in an­i­mated Dis­ney films, in­clud­ing those worn by Cin­derella and Belle from Beauty And The Beast. How­ever, the pieces will have a very con­tem­po­rary twist.

Mr Vasileff pulled off the Dis­ney deal af­ter writ­ing to Mary Costa, who was the voice of Princess Au­rora in the 1959 Dis­ney clas­sic Sleep­ing Beauty. He sent her sketches of his dresses and she then put him in touch with Dis­ney,

“What bet­ter per­son to call with this idea (for the col­lec­tion) than a real Dis­ney princess? It moved very quickly,“Mr Vasileff said.

“I think a lot of peo­ple think it will be a Cin­derella or Belle gown, but it goes a bit deeper than that.

“There will be some pieces you will iden­tify with some char­ac­ters, but oth­ers will re­flect a mood or feel­ing,” he said.

Mr Vasileff’s Paolo Se­bas­tian Once Upon a Dream — A Dis­neyIn­spired Col­lec­tion will be re­vealed at the Ade­laide Fash­ion Fes­ti­val to­mor­row. The show fea­tures ris­ing mod­el­ling star Aki­ima.

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