Not your kid's princess: Disney icons get designer makeover

Oct. 22, 2012 at 4:40 PM ET

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Sure you wanna sleep in that, Aurora? It's probably a fortune to dry clean. Disney characters get a designer makeover for a new Harrods holiday window display.

All those poufy sleeves and cartoon-colored frocks? Not for today’s princess.

For a new Harrods holiday window project, Disney collaborated with the high-end U.K retailer to re-imagine their beloved royalty’s wardrobe, with the help of 10 famous designers.

Gone is Aurora’s simple gown and in its place is a dramatic, embellished ruffle creation by Elie Saab, along with a sultry Pocahontas in sexy Roberto Cavalli, Jasmine in floaty chiffon by Escada, and a dolled-up Ariel (wearing what I hope is waterproof eyeliner) in celebrity-favorite Marchesa. As for accessories? You can bet Cinderella ain't dancing at the ball unless she’s rocking some glass slippers emblazoned with the iconic Versace Medusa motif.

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Tiana from 'The Princess and the Frog' is dressed in a mint-colored gown featuring a mesh overlay and scattered crystals by Ralph & Russo.

Nearly all of the most famous Disney heroines – Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Snow White and Tiana – got the designer treatment. Their princes? They weren’t as lucky.

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Jasmine from 'Aladdin' looks awfully pensive in a silk chiffon gown by Escada.
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Top fashion designers offered their sketches interpreting Disney characters' outfits: Rapunzel from Tangled by Jenny Packham and Jasmine from Aladdin by Escada.

These extravagant fairytale-inspired outfits will adorn Harrods' festive windows at their legendary Knightsbridge store on Nov. 1. Watch a video of your cartoon favorites brought to stylish life:

Are you a fan of the Disney characters' new looks? Let us know!

Rina Raphael is a TODAY editor who thinks that of all the Disney characters, Ursula was most in need of an Ambush Makeover.

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