Harrod"s Christmas window display channels Disney"s magic with dresses inspired by the ten princesses

Once upon a dream: Harrod's Christmas window display channels Disney's magic with dresses inspired by the ten princesses

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14:00 GMT, 25 October 2012

Harrod’s iconic store front windows are renowned for their dazzling displays, and in preparation for the holiday season the store have teamed up with Disney to delight shoppers and tourists.

Anyone walking along the Brompton road from the 1st of November will be greeted with an array of stunning gowns, designed by top fashion labels but inspired by Disney princesses.

It may be hard to embrace the Christmas spirit this early, but retailers are doing all they can to help, with lights and Christmas card displays already starting to pop up in high streets across Britain.

Rapunzel by Jenny Packham

Mulan by Missoni

Disney meets high fashion: Rapunzel by Jenny Packham (left) and Mulan by Missoni

Ariel by Marchesa

Tiana by Ralph & Russo

Modern day princesses: Elegant interpretations of Tiana by Ralph & Russo (right) and Ariel by Marchesa

Stunning: A dramatic Pocahontas dress will be created by Roberto Cavalli featuring soft,golden and natural earthy colours

Stunning: A dramatic Pocahontas dress will be created by Roberto Cavalli featuring soft,golden and natural earthy colours

Each dress will be displayed in pride of place within a 'magical themed backdrop' and will be a unique interpretation of the 10 original Disney Princess.

Unsurprisingly, given Harrod's world wide reputation for luxury and glamour, top designers have agreed to take part, including Missoni, Versace and Roberto Cavalli.

While some of the designers have stayed along the more traditional image of a princess with full skirts and beautiful embellishment, others have given the princess a distinctively modern twist.

More recent princesses are to be
included in the display with Mulan, Tiana from the Princess and the
Frog, and Rapunzel from Tangled all having a gown uniquely crafted after
them.

Tiana's mint
evening gown is designed by Ellie Sabb and features a sweetheart
neckline and mesh overlay, features scattered crystals that cascade into
a layered tulle skirt.

Modern twist: Elie Saab's Sleeping Beauty is a more up-to-date interpretation of the Disney Auroa's dress, with a sweeping off the shoulder neckline and cinched wait

Modern twist: Elie Saab's Sleeping Beauty is a more up-to-date interpretation of the Disney Auroa's dress, with a sweeping off the shoulder neckline and cinched wait

Traditional: This Cinderella dress by Versace stays fairly close to the one worn to the ball by the Disney character, although we are fairly sure there weren't Versace logos on the real Cinderella's belt

Traditional: This Cinderella dress by Versace stays fairly close to the one worn to the ball by the Disney character, although we are fairly sure there weren't Versace logos on the real Cinderella's belt

SNOW WHITE BY OSCAR DE LA RENTA

Jasmine by Escada

Perfect princesses: Jasmine from Aladdin as invisioned by Escada (right) and Snow White, designed by Oscar de la Renta

Mulan's land of silk and jade has inspired Missoni to create an oriental kimono-style dazzling creation, that features bold turquoise shades and red detailing.

In contrast Valentine brings Belle from Beauty and the Beast to life in a fantasy-like dress in silk chiffon with a sheer hooded cape and layers of exquisite pleats. It is accessorised with bespoke signature studded flats and a silver flower bag.

The designers have clearly used not
only the Disney characters appearance but their character in the films
to inspire the creations.

Designer
Marchesa says the deep blue silk gown perfectly embodies modern
feminine style, and also 'captures Ariel’s adventurous under-the-sea
spirit.'

Magical: Belle by Valentino is not only a stunning gown of silk chiffon, but the sketch perhaps hints of the kind of especially-created backdrops which will adorn the Harrod's windows

Magical: Belle by Valentino is not only a stunning gown of silk chiffon, but the sketch perhaps hints of the kind of especially-created backdrops which will adorn the Harrod's windows

While fashion giant Escada, who designed a dress based on Jasmine from Aladdin describes it as 'An exotic fuchsia silk chiffon gown encompasses the fiery beauty of Jasmine, complete with an extravagant golden flower belt.'

Repunzel inspired a magical dress in pale grey adorned with incredible beading that designer Jenny Packham said 'should never be locked away.'

The display will be revealed on the 1st of November and is sure to delight fashionistas, children and tourists alike.