Cartoon couture: Designers create Disney-inspired runway fashion

Has Minnie ditched her dots?

Disney’s leading lady made her first-ever catwalk appearance in a demure Lanvin dress Saturday night — a more mature look for the renowned rodent, whose former style might be best described as “forever young.” (Let's just say she's been stuck in the '20s a looong time.)

The occasion? A fashion show at Disneyland Paris, of course. For the event, designer Alber Elbaz replaced Minnie’s signature polka dots with an ornate display of sequins and jewels stitched on a blue neoprene dress. She’s lost her girlish bow as well, in favor of a crimson, jewel-encrusted tiara fit for all those high-society events a member of Disney royalty is sure to attend.

As one spectator put it to The Associated Press, “It’s definitely more mature. It looks a bit mother of the bride.”

Some things, however, never change. While Barneys' holiday campaign featured a very skinny Minnie (to the dismay of many fans), she appeared as curvy as ever on the catwalk Saturday evening.

Minnie wasn’t the only Disney star to unveil an haute-couture makeover at the show. Several of the fashion world’s biggest names also sent updated designs for classic characters down the runway, including Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, the “Mistress of All Evil” from Disney's "Sleeping Beauty."

Take a look at their creations below (before the clock strikes midnight!):

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Minnie may be looking older these days, but some characters refuse to grow up. Irish designer Philip Treacy created this playful hat inspired by everyone’s favorite man-child: Peter Pan.

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