The Little Mermaid | Costume Design

Colleen Atwood speaking about the costumes for The Little Mermaid for Target Collection.
“The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy. The film stars singer and actress Halle Bailey (“grown-ish”) as Ariel; Jonah Hauer-King (“A Dog’s Way Home”) as Prince Eric; Tony Award® winner Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”) as the voice of Sebastian; Awkwafina (“Raya and the Last Dragon”) as the voice of Scuttle; Jacob Tremblay (“Luca”) as the voice of Flounder; Noma Dumezweni (“Mary Poppins Returns”) as Queen Selina; Art Malik (“Homeland”) as Sir Grimsby; with Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”) as King Triton; and two-time Academy Award® nominee Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” “Bridesmaids”) as Ursula.

“The Little Mermaid” is directed by Oscar® nominee Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Mary Poppins Returns”) with a screenplay by two-time Oscar nominee David Magee (“Life of Pi,” “Finding Neverland”). The songs feature music from multiple Academy Award® winner Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”) and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and new lyrics by three-time Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film is produced by two-time Emmy® winner Marc Platt (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” “Grease Live!”), Miranda, two-time Emmy winner John DeLuca (“Tony Bennett: An American Classic”), and Rob Marshall, with Jeffrey Silver (“The Lion King”) serving as executive producer.

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38 thoughts on “The Little Mermaid | Costume Design

  1. I thought this was about the making of the costumes, then it turns into a Target ad for cheaply made merchandise that was probably made by children in India 🙄 Disney, just stop.

  2. Verónica’s dress is great. Ariel’s tail is beautiful. The queen’s outfit is great. The King’s armor is fantastic. But with so much thought that went behind these costumes why did Ariel‘s dresses fall so short? She’s already short but those simple dresses made her look shorter and that sandal was awful why not a simple, black ballet shoes like the anime. The focus was too much on realism that they ended up putting her in only 2 boring dresses. That pink headband was too big and didn’t match the dress. Why not give her the blue bow? 😢 it just seems like all their time was spent on designing the underwater looks and the above water looks were after thoughts😩 don’t get me started on the iconic sparkling dress that never made an appearance😢 with so much CGI used you’d think they’d do one for her coming out of the water 😮‍💨 The movie has been made and released so I guess I’m just venting cuz there’s nothing to be done about it now.

  3. I absolutely love the costume design for the new film! Especially giving Ursula long sleeves, it made her look much more sophisticated. The dark purple party dress Vanessa wore is amazing, too. Loved it more than the original’s wedding dress. Prince Eric’s clothing made him look so masculine and powerful, too

  4. It all makes so much sense now. I went to see the film yesterday. The film was great, but I was wondering why Arielle's costumes reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. Now it makes sense, same costume designer. The dresses aren't ugly, but in the movie these don't stand out from the other cast. I also find that the first and last dresses, if you take a quick look hardly differ, just the colour. Same styles. I would have expected more, from the last dress. The story has so much scope as a mermaid, you could interpret the costumes even deeper. Halle is so beautiful, more colour would have made her stand out even more.It would be great if, with the last dress, you saw influences from her past as a mermaid.

  5. I don’t expect amazing outfits for LM. LM isn’t Cinderella or beauty and the beast. These movies dresses were important to the story. LM dresses aren’t important to the story

  6. Has sort of a Victorian aesthetic going on, I'm into it! I'm not crazy about the advertisement for merch, though. Seems awfully corporate! I wish the blue dress had smocking details, indicative of Victorian Artistic Dress! Very fancy, yet comfortable for the everyday woman!

  7. Triton's herring is well done and pretty there if I guess right the lady is Vanessa's wardrobe is not SO amazing but it's acceptable I think I have no problem with that here what worries me is how she dressed halle bailey she is the protagonist all the beautiful outfits must be for her and she sends her worse than a servant, no friends, this really cannot be tolerated, this lady must be denounced because she dressed Halle with deep hatred and the girl does not deserve it, she is young, it is not her fault that this lady did a bad job

  8. What the fuck they put Ariel as a wedding dress, what is that???????? This is NOT like the anime where the green details are done, my poor god, find out how they send her dressed like that, they expose her and the girl is not to blame. That lady in charge of wardrobe hates that poor girl for reasons , she definitely hates her. Vanessa sends her horrible costumes very cute but I can't believe Halle as poriosera

  9. What an honorable way to represent classical Ariel's new fashionable costumes and clothes for the live action one along with the other characters too Colleen! ❤🌊

  10. simple, fresh and yet VERY COMFORTABLE for people living near by the sea where it's probably very hot during the day im very excited abt this movie (and i really love the simplicity in dresses, no need to run for super heavy and unnecessary details when its the acting that does it)