Luella Bartley

Luella Bartley

Luella Bartley and Vivienne Westwood are among a list of top designers who will create a new collection of dresses inspired by Disney Princesses.

They will be joined by Scott Henshall, Paul Costello, Antoni & Alison and Michael Hertz for Aquascutum as well as designers from France, Spain and the Netherlands to design the dresses as part of Diseyland Resort Paris' 15th Anniversary celebrations.

The high-fashion party dresses will be specially created for classic Disney Princesses such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Tinkerbell and Minnie Mouse.

The designers have penned initial sketches for their chosen characters and are now working hard to make their final one-off fantasy creations which will be showcased at Disneyland Resort Paris in November.

The designs will be auctioned off at Christie's in Paris during an exclusive VIP event before Christmas with proceeds going to UNICEF.

Scott Henshall, who was inspired by the Wicked Queen from Snow White commented, "Walt Disney is a hugely iconic figure that I’ve been bought up with so I felt honoured to be asked to be part of this project. Since I’ve been known to have a bit of a wicked side I thought it only fitting to design for the evil queen from Snow White."

Vivienne Westwood, when asked what had inspired her to design for the classic Disney Princess, Snow White, said, "Because there's a Snow White in every girl."

Other international fashion designers taking part are Azzedine Alaïa and Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada, from Spain, and Nathalie Garçon, Impasse de la Défense, Baccarat and Chantal Thomass, from France, just to mention a few.

Jeff Archambault, head of Community Relations for Disneyland Resort Paris said of the project: "This exciting project illustrates the historic partnership that has brought Disney and UNICEF together over time in supporting children’s causes. By donating their time, talent and savoir-faire to create original fashion pieces, the designers are demonstrating that when beauty and generosity go hand in hand, the results are nothing short of magical."

Caz Moss- Female First