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Cartoon couture: Designers create Disney-inspired runway fashion

March 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM ET

Minnie Mouse wearing a dress by Lanvin fashion house and designed by Alber Elbaz poses for the photographers before before a fashion show presenting t...
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Minnie Mouse makes her way down the catwalk in a grown-up dress by Lanvin at a Disney-inspired fashion show in Disneyland Paris on March 23.

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!):

A model displays a creation by German fashion designer Michael Michalsky during fashion show presenting the creations of various designers in relation...
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A model wears a Cinderella-inspired dress by German fashion designer Michael Michalski.


A model displays a creation by British fashion designers Sister by Sibling during fashion show presenting the creations of various designers in relati...
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British fashion designers Sister by Sibling took a little inspiration from Cinderella's three friendly mice, who save the day by creating their friend a gown for the ball – that lasts until the clock strikes midnight.


A model displays a creation by Belgian fashion designer Jean Paul Knott during fashion show presenting the creations of various designers in relation ...
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Tempted? Belgian fashion designer Jean-Paul Knott designed this voluminous dress based on the poisoned apple from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."


A model displays a creation by Irish Spanish designer Custo Dalmau during fashion show presenting the creations of various designers in relation with ...
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Sleeping Beauty’s resident evil queen Maleficent gets a terrifying new look from Spanish designer Custo Dalmau.


A model displays a creation by Russian fashion designer Alexander Terekhov during fashion show presenting the creations of various designers in relati...
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Alice of "Alice in Wonderland" looks more sophisticated in an apron-less blue gown by Russian designer Alexander Terekhov.

A model displays a creation by Italian fashion designer Luisa Beccaria during fashion show presenting the creations of various designers in relation w...
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Italian designer Luisa Beccaria took her cues from "Aladdin" for a dreamy dress reminiscent of those Arabian nights.

A model displays a creation by Irish fashion designer Philip Treacy during fashion show presenting the creations of various designers in relation with...
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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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